The is my husband’s grandmother Matha Butler, aka Mema and to some in the family Grandma.
She turned 90 this week and her life and legacy are what I am so very grateful for this week.
Martha is a true Proverbs 31 woman in every since of the word and she somehow has a way of loving each of her children, their spouses, her grands and great grands in a way that makes each of us feel so loved and cherished.
Martha had 8 kids in 9 years and over the weekend they all got together to celebrate her 90th birthday.
As a mom of 4, I often think of Memaw on the days I feel overwhelmed. I will think of her whenever I think 4 kids is a lot to handle. How she mothered 8 kids all so close in age is beyond me. I think it’s partially how she has stayed so young all these years. There is something that changes in a woman with each kid she has and I think you somehow get more patient with having more kids.
My mother n law Susan (top right) was her 5th born. She of course gave birth to my husband (and his sisters) and because of him I get to have a little family of my own.
I imagine when Mema was my age she was in the thick of parenting and didn’t have a lot of time to think about the generations that would come forth through her decision to have 8 children.
However, because of her decision, along with her husband she leaves a legacy that my family now gets to benefit from.
I saw this quote, “Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.” – Gary Vaynerchuck
Mema’s life leaves a legacy of faith, love, family and trusting God in all seasons. I don’t know about you who read this, but I have not given a ton of thought to the legacy I want to leave, but I pray it is half as wonderful as Martha’s.
Have you thought about the legacy you will leave one day? What do you want it to be?
I say it’s never too late to start thinking about it and re-write the legacy you want to leave especially if you don’t like the one you have now. Just a thought.
Happy Birthday Mema! Thank you for leading the way and being an awesome example to follow. I am so thankful for you.