Words and pictures cannot describe how truly beautiful this woman is. Beatrice is my mother in law so she is actually R.J.s mom but I consider her my mom. I first met Bea when I met R.J. which was when I was about 15 years old. When R.J. and I first met the situation was a little messy (ill explain later) and nobody would have blamed Bea if she didn't give me a second thought. But that's not what happened, instead she actually went out of her way to get to know me and minister to me. I think back then I didn't give it a second thought because I was young but when I look back on it now it was truly noble of her to do that.
So fast forward to 7 years later, I married her wonderful son. So now this woman who pretty much mentored me through my high school years in now my mother in law. I remember her being there for my baptism, high school graduation, and of course our wedding. She has been a huge part of my life and huge reason I am the woman that I am. God has used Bea in a tremendous way to shape my own life. She has always been someone that I look up to as a wife, a mother, and a woman who fears the Lord.
In the worlds eyes she may not be extraordinary just a simple housewife who has four sons. But have you ever met those people who have a smile that can light up a room? Or truly remarkable character? Or maybe someone who you know cares about you with an describable love? Well, that's Bea!
I always think she is the last of her kind because that kind of woman is looked down upon now. The world lifts up women who work, dress expensive, make a lot of money, are independent, and don't need a man. Well, that's not my mom. She is kind, loving, hospitable, always ready to help, hard working, adores her husband and is in every way remarkable. But her most amazing attribute, the thing I admire the most about her is her faith. She is someone who loves the Lord and her life shows that.
She has taught me to love everyone, give generously, serve always, and put God first.
To say Happy Birthday doesn't seem good enough, but ill say it anyways.
Happy Birthday Mom!
P.S. I'm guest posting over at Dusty's blog today.