Her children rise up and call her blessed: … Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.Proverbs 31:28-29
My step-grandmother—the Mollie who inspired my pseudonym—was born this day 120 years ago. This photograph shows her essence.
Mollie only went through fifth grade because she was needed at home to cook, clean, and watch siblings. She became a stepmother to three rowdy boys before she had her own daughter. One uncle repeatedly said she saved his life with her counsel and love.
My father took his last Navy paycheck to buy his mother an electric stove to replace her wood-burning one. She wept.
Mollie did not play with grandchildren, and she was too poor to buy presents. However, she gave us much more with her godly example and love and stories and laughter.
When my grandmother passed, there were so many orders for flowers that one local florist called a distant city for help. My favorite tribute?
Mollie never did anything big according to worldly standards. However, she did the small things daily, and daily faithfulness is harder.”