This friday, December 16th, my mom turns 60 years old. There is something about milestone birthdays that bring about different emotions, thoughts, and disbelief. Born in 1951, Sandra Kay Carr entered the world stamped for service. Her name, meaning “Helper”, is what she has grown to become. If you have ever been around someone who is always thinking about how they can help, serve, and give to the one’s they love then you know just a glimpse of who my mom is. Words like generous, giving, sacrificial, hard-worker, encourager, and servant don’t encapsulate the entirety of my mom.
How does one measure the entirety of a person that over a 60 year period? Some look at the amount of money earned in a lifetime, others at titles, property, retirement age, and other forms of “life” measurements. The true measure of success has to grounded firmly. Measuring life is tough, but there are some clear pictures that we find has been apart of the foundations of time. Foundations like Proverbs 31, Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Joshua 24:15, and Matthew 7:24-27 are all starting points of fine measurements.
I am sure that my mom has and will continue to reflect on the past 60 years. The reflections of a child in a home of hard-working parents. Reflections of a high-schooler realizing love makes you want to create dreams with another. Reflections of early marriage and finding the promised land (for those who don’t know yet…that would be Kentucky). Reflections of the self-proclaimed “most important gifts from God”. Reflections of those lost too early, mistakes of the past, and looking forward to what the future holds.
60 years is not summed up in numeric time, but rather moments. Moments that bring tears of joy, sorrow, love, and hope. When I look back at the 27 years being my mother’s son, I can see the moments and how fast they go by. Yet there has always been a consistency of character, consistency of motion, and consistency of love. These have transcended the moments we hold on to and align with the timeline of 27 years that I have known generosity, encouragement, and love. The fact is that this has been true of my mom for a lot longer than 27 years, it has been apart of her for her lifetime. Character and love don’t make the moments, they transcend the moments. They are the person. And for me, there is no one in my life that has had a greater impact on my life than that of my mom, Sandra Carr Holcomb. She epitomizes the character of a noble wife, loving mother, and strong Christian foundation.
60 years is nothing to worry or fear. 60 years allows us to look back at the moments, but most importantly look at the person who was apart of those moments. The person of generosity, service, hope, and love.
Have a wonderful Birthday on Friday Mom.