• This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and I have to admit, I had a hard time looking at Social Media. I did love all of your posts and pictures of you and your moms and it made me feel thankful that my mom is still with us. However, this year, I struggled with what I should get my mom for Mother’s Day. Usually, I would just send her flowers to her work the week before Mother’s Day so she could enjoy them while at work. This year, flowers just seemed so silly.

    Trust me, given the circumstance, it changes what you want to give. You tend to think about how to make your gifts more meaningful, more impactful. It finally occurred to me that the best gift I could give my mom for this Mother’s Day is TIME. Time to be together. Time to make more memories … good memories. As my friend, Mike said in a recent Facebook post, “Time is a thief.” That indeed it is.

    So, on Mother’s Day this year, the best gift I could give my mom was time and I was so thankful to be able to Face Time with her! It’s always great to see her and get to talk with her. She is in great spirits and quite humorous these days!

    What I have come to realize about time is that there simply isn’t enough of it. Ironically, as I reflect on the subject of time, we are faced with our own dilemma of time as we start to discuss radiation and chemo treatments for Ronda. With a cancer like Ronda’s, all these treatments really do for us is buy us more time. So, selfishly, we all want that … don’t we? MORE TIME! More time to do the things we love to do. More time to accomplish the goals we set out to accomplish. More time to spend time with our loved ones.

    Unfortunately, we also received the news that Ronda just isn’t strong enough to undergo chemotherapy. So, it makes me pause and wonder … is the lack of chemo going to steal more time away from us? Time to be able to spend another Mother’s Day with my mom? This is just something that we don’t know, and never will. We can’t predict the future, only be thankful for the present.

    My challenge for everyone today is this … next time you are faced with a holiday, or need to give someone a gift … don’t just get them anything, give them the greatest gift you can give them. Give them your TIME – We need more memories, not more things!