Mother's day is fast approaching. It was a day all my life I dreaded. My mother is now 84 and still evil, although if you ask her she is a saint. There is more to bringing up a child than providing fancy clothes. I had to sever my relationship with her when I was 49. She lives 1,800 miles away but still could reduce me into nothingness via a phone call. I didn't realize the lifetime of abuse I had withstood until I saw her doing it to my daughter . Then it brought out the mother bear in me and I said this cycle will stop. She couldn't handle anything but life on her terms. She considers me dead, I am eliminated from the will etc. I can't tell you the years and tears I suffered as a result of her. Today I had a joyful occasion, one that would warm any mother's heart. And I realize it is a special Mother's day gift God is sending to me. My son lives out of town and is spending the week with his sister and her children. The call this morning with laughter in the background, and the knowledge my two kids love each other makes me realize I have broken the cycle. for this I give thanks and praise. There were so many hard times to get to this point. My son had to get a divorce, and his ex nearly ruined everything for our family. For a while we went from the Beaver Cleaver Family to Jerry Springer material. Now the ex is a thing of the past. I have to grab this moment in time and revel in it. But the fact my son and son in law are taking vacation time this week, to do things together really warms my heart. Sorry this got wordy. So often I pray for help and guidance I thought today I would just pray in thanks and love. A year ago at this time I was in a very dark place, having many medical tests and unable to lift my arm at all. I give credit where it is due. First to God, second to my doctor who finally found an anti depressant my stomach could deal with. Praise. I need to find a couple hymns of praise to play on the piano right now. I hope this serves as encouragement to those of you with mega problems right now. When God closes a door he opens a window...... but all in His time.