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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday Momma

My daughter and my Momma Nov. 2011

Today Momma (Dorothy Settle) turns 90. Born October 16, 1922 in Cynthiana, KY to Olin Reed and Nora McClanahan Reed.

She lives just 2 miles from me now and I am the taxi service because driving is something she really never enjoyed and when an accident totaled her car 3 years ago, she decided she was done driving. She wasn't hurt nor was the other driver, thank you God.  I am happy to provide this service and any other she needs or wants.

Not so long ago we used to enjoy shopping Kohl's, it's exhausting for her now and I understand that. We still make an occasional trip, but we try to go directly to the department needed and then call it a day. We do a lot of online shopping and gift giving is mostly cash because she depends on her grandchildren and her children to shop for the little ones, the great-grandchildren. The three of us have given her 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren to date. That would be the bio grands...including the steps she has 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.  Personally, I count 'em all, cuz they all count!

Widowed nearly 34 years, she lives in a lovely 2 bedroom apartment which she mostly maintains by herself. There are a few chores that are too high for her and I, her very tall daughter, take care of those places as needed. It is very seldom that she asks for help, she is very independent.

Hoping this day goes well for her because she seems to have caught herself a big ole nasty butt head cold and today was not feeling well at all. I got groceries for her and suggested she just take the cold meds I got for her and wrap herself up in a blanket and rest up for her visit from my brother and sister-in-law followed by dinner here with her three kids and spouses. Exactly what she requested. I hope she is able to enjoy it.

She has been my go to guy for a long time and now it is my turn and I am honored to be able to assist with the physical things that are too difficult for her now. She has been and continues to be a blessing of gigantic proportions in my life.

Happy Birthday to my mom and a blessings filled year ahead. ♥



  1. Happy birthday to your Mom, Jo. May she continue to be a blessing in your lives and you all are in hers! My parents are in their late eighties and independent as hell - which is a good thing most of the time and not some of the time. ;)

    1. Thank you for the good thoughts Corinne. It was a very nice day, but she is still not feeling well and it was a long day for her. Hoping she feels better tomorrow.

  2. So glad you and your family still have her, Jo. I know that she cherishes her time with you as much as you do. May she have more happy and healthy years. Velda

    1. Thank you so much Velda. I do cherish every day with her.

  3. Happy birthday, Dorothy!

    Jo, I'm glad your mom lives so close to you. I know how much she means to you and I'd dare to guess that if asked, she'd count your nearness and devotion amongst her sweetest blessings.

    1. I often wonder that, Beth. I really coerced her into moving here and I have been grateful every day since. I hope she is, too, but she hasn't really said that. She does love her apartment and she does love not owning a house. She has told me many times that I do so much for her that she can't repay me. Good enough!


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