S: Karen Virtue - Ezer, Wife, Mom, Mother-in-Law, Nana... Loved in every role.
BC: The End
FC: From the people who are the closest and enjoy who you are the most directly and deeply - family. | Merry Christmas! 2011
1: Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. Mark Twain | Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. Simone Signoret | Our 40th Christmas together! That's hard to believe! I am such a better person after living life with you, learning from you, and being sharpened by you! With all my love... | Many years of love have filled and enlarged my heart for more years to come!
2: All things grow better with love.
5: you have been a mother to many...
6: You areAn Ezer Among Ezers!
7: If true to her, though troubled sore, I cannot choose but be, Thou who art peace forevermore, Art very true to me. If I am low and sinful, bring More love where need is rife; Thou knowest what an awful thing It is to be a life. Hast thou not wisdom to enwrap My waywardness about, In doubting safety on the lap Of Love that knows no doubt? Lo! Lord, I sit in thy wide space, My child upon my knee; She looketh up unto my face, And I look up to Thee. George MacDonald | Prayer for a Mother My child is lying on my knees; The signs of heaven she reads; My face is all the heaven she sees, Is all the heaven she needs. And she is well, yea, bathed in bliss If heaven is in my face, Behind it is all tenderness, And truthfulness and grace. I mean her well so earnestly, Unchanged in changing mood; My life would go without a sigh To bring her something good. I also am a child and I Am ignorant and weak; I gaze upon the starry sky, And then I must not speak; For all behind the starry sky, Behind the world so broad, Behind men's hearts and souls doth lie The infinite of God.
8: "We have walked through a lot of different phases of life. I never would have guessed that there would be a phase after 40 years together that would be my favorite so far! I think it's because I love you!" Tom
9: Nana is a great Nana! | More than enough love for each one of six incredible and unique grand-children!
10: experience so much of your love & deep investment. You've poured out so much for me, my wife, and our family. You're a great mother and Nana that has a growing legacy! Thank you! Love, Brian | Amazing wife,mother, Nana and friend. You really are a great example of a strong woman who cares deeply for others. I am thankful you have been in my life for the last 12 years. We have walked through a lot and I am grateful you were there through the dark times and the good times. Thank You for helping me become more of the woman God created me to be . Love, Chris | After this tough year, we're blessed to be able to celebrate you. I'm thankful that we and now our kids continue to get to
13: "i love when Nana gives me cuddles! I love when Nana helps me with my homework and how when i spend the night at Nana's house, she lets me sleep with prayer bear. I also love playing Go Fish with her and helping her decorate for the holidays. I love Nana's chocolate bars!" ~Morgan Joy "I like when Nana gives me hugs. I like that she has oreos and treats in her purse for me! I like when she plays with me and doing puzzles with her. I just like seeing her and being at her house." ~Colin Thomas Kaelyn wants Nana to know she is thankful Nana wants to know her even though she is number 5. She wants to say thank you for teaching me to use a sippy cup and for working hard with me to take a bottle even when my mom wasn't consistent with it, :) "WE LOVE NANA!"
14: You were our biggest fan and held us up in our darkest times. Jeff and I believe your prayers, hope, and love are a HUGE reason that Maddie and Leia are with us today. Thank you for having faith when we could not. | I am constantly amazed at how alike we are and how different. I'm amazed at how much you get me and then other times don't (my deadpan humor that is). It amazes me how much you care in all of that about me and about Kelly and I together. I am amazed how much you have taught me about the world and relationships and life in the last 10 years. Now seeing how you care about the girls is another amazement and I can't wait until they can express their gratitude for you, their wise and loving Nana. Love, Jeff
15: And then they arrived and I think you were as excited as I was! We felt confident and calm knowing we had the support and love of you and dad. And sure enough, that support and love hasn't stopped coming since that day.
16: To watch you with these girls has reminded me how lucky I am to call you mom... | THANK YOU MOM!
17: You truly amaze me with your unending sacrifice and commitment to your family. Thank you for teaching me how to be a mother. | Maddie and Leia LOVE their nana!!!
18: ~MOM~ Her Hands... They welcome you into this world, and hold you as you learn to stand. They pick you up when you fall and let you go when it is time. Her Eyes... See all the beauty of you and all you'd wish to hide, they pierce with full acceptance and glow at you with delight. And when life strikes you, you turn to see they overflow in empathy Her Feet... They run to you when you are hurting, and jump when you celebrate! They speed to and fro to provide for you, and always find the best bargain rate :) Her Heart... pours out onto others, you've seen it all your life. you can never understand it- how full, how deep, how radiant. It's full of the only love that can be known by someone who has nurtured, toiled, sacrificed. Someone who has seen you since day one and felt you from before. And you only get a glimpse of this love as the new role comes to you. Those hands, those eyes, those feet, that heart I can only pray to have in part. ~Carrie
19: I am so incredibly grateful that Adele gets to experience you and be loved by you. And I'm so glad you were there when she came into this world! She is a blessed granddaughter! | You have been so helpful and supportive to me in this last year with my pregnancy & Adele's arrival. I can always count on you and that is significant to be able to say. Thank you for who you are and for encouraging me to be the woman God has made me to be. I am always so proud to call you my mom. I love you more! ;)
20: Karen, I appreciate your God-given ability to: provide insight . . . protect the wounded . . . acknowledge feelings . . . anticipate needs . . . and name reality. | Love, Dave | You are a courageous woman, adoring wife, empathetic mom, and selfless Nana.
21: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
22: A celebration of you wouldn't be complete in 2011 without celebrating that you are still here! You survived 2 major challenges with style and dignity! | "They're trying to kill me!" Karen Virtue - August 2011
23: This is how you go after peoples' development... "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." Ronald Reagan | Sandi Ireland, Daphne Chiu Kim, Eunice Lee, Kevin Hua, Donnie & Renee Begay, Adrian Pei, Laura Reynolds, Becky Lee, Whitney Chen, Toujon Her, Ashleigh Boyle | ...AND so many other people whose lives are different because of you just this year!