Yesterday my siblings, Dad and I had the privilege of laying next to my precious mom, Glenda as she passed from this life into eternity on the most beautifully bright first day of February. She was ready, I think – she didn’t suffer, she didn’t linger. I laid my head there on her lap and sang the lullabies I sing to my babies and I told her what a good job she did. I wanted her to hear our voices and to know that we were surrounding her, loving her, walking with her as far as we could until we could let Jesus walk her the rest of the way.

The Scripture verses of Proverbs 31 came immediately to my mind: “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.  Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

We are tremendously sad for our loss. And what a loss it is. Nobody I’ve ever met had as big of a heart as my mom. She would literally give you the shirt off her back and would make sure your fridge was stocked to the hilt with all the best things. She would probably be the best example in my life of the concept of “I am third.” God first, others second, self third. Except she wouldn’t even have wanted to be third. She would have wanted to be 11,308. To suggest that Mom was servant hearted is too much of an underwhelming description. There are countless examples of my precious Mom.

I cannot imagine my life moving forward without her, and yet here we are. Life moves on. I praise God my babies had the privilege of knowing her, being loved by her. I praise God that He saw fit to put me into their family, placed into my Mom’s empty arms by adoption when she was 43 and with teenaged kids. I praise God for the ten thousand myriad ways she influenced me, some conscious and some unconscious. As I survey all the photos, all the trips we took together, I’m reminded that memories and experiences are what truly lasts and I am so so grateful.

We have tremendous hope even in our loss. I am so grateful that Mom loved Jesus passionately and that she taught all who knew her about His love. I know our separation right now is temporary; what a hope we have in Him to be reunited one day. And I’m so glad that she’s there right now with her own mama and daddy, and her baby she’s waited so long to hold.

Services for my mom will be on Monday at 1pm in Oklahoma City.

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  • Sasha Price

    My condolences for your loss. What a wonderful thing that she had the blessed assurance of meeting Jesus, and the assurance you have that you will see her again one day. I’ve said a prayer that your family would feel the comfort and peace of the Lord in your grief.

  • Becky

    What a blessing you all have been to each other. I can only imagine how your mother’s heart leapt when she held a new little girl in her arms when her other children were too big to carry. I’m certain you, your siblings, your father and your children were a light to her days as she was to yours. I’m so sorry for your loss, but so, so happy for the time you had together.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I miss my mom every day,but remember her every day also. I know you will think of her every day too and so will all of your family. She left so many memories to sustain you.

  • Emily Clark

    Rachel, I am so sorry to hear that she passed. What a sweet testimony she left behind. Without ever meeting her, your description of her makes me want to be a better lady.

    Praying for you in the coming days.

  • I’m so sorry, Rachel. What a beautifully written tribute to your mom!

  • Oh, Rachel, my most sincere condolences for your loss. Such a beautiful tribute to her by the beautiful soul she raised.

  • Les Gutierrez

    i cried just reading this so i cant even imagine what you are going through.

    there’s nothing that i can say to make you feel better but i hope you know that she is now with you forever.
    whatever emotion comes your way, embrace them to help you heal in time.

    ill keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Bridget Wall

    She sounds like a wonderful woman. <3

  • Christine at GVK

    Praying for you and your family in this time of loss.

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  • Bradley Austin

    What a beautiful life, beautiful message, and beautiful testament. Praying for you and your family, loss brings a time of grieving, but celebration when we know the Lord as our Savior. What a wonderful reunion it will be one day (and I believe one day soon)
    Blessings to you and your family