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BY ANGELA GARY
In the past few weeks, my mother has baked 46 cakes. Yes, you read that right. She has baked 46 cakes.
Mom has always loved to bake and is known for her cakes and pies. However, she has never made 46 cakes in only a few weeks time.
What would lead a retired woman with some health issues in her “senior years,” to undertake such a big project.
My nephew, Jake, is going to Hawaii in December with the East Jackson Comprehensive High School Chorus to sing at Pearl Harbor on D-Day to veterans.
The chorus has already done some fundraisers and has more planned the rest of this year. However, we decided as a family to do some fundraisers for Jake’s trip. It was my idea but my mother, as is often the case, has ended up doing most of the work.
I posted on social media about Mom making cakes to help Jake with his trip and the first few orders came in immediately. Just 24 hours later, we had more than 20 orders. The total is now 40 and we are still getting requests for cakes.
Mom bakes while I schedule the cakes and deliver them. It’s been a whirlwind and we are so beyond appreciative to our family and friends who have ordered cakes.
This latest family project only shows again how powerful the love of a mother (and grandmother) is. I know that Jake will always remember this huge project that his Nanny took on to help with this memorable trip for him.
So many times in my life, my mother has stepped in and solved problems, comforted me and prayed for me in hard times, as well as laughed and rejoiced with me in good times.
I recently had an issue with a tooth that I thought would never end. I was in so much pain and nothing really helped. When there was nothing else she could do, my mother stood by the couch looking down at me, grabbed my hand and prayed aloud for me. While the pain may have still been there, I was comforted and had peace. That’s the most important thing a mother can do.
I have so much respect for my sweet Mama and all of the other wonderful mothers out there who are a strength and comfort to their families.
Proverbs 31: 25-29: “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her:
Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”
Angela Gary is an editor with MainStreet Newspapers. She can be contacted at Angie@mainstreetnews.com.