Mother’s Response to Lila

Published April 17, 2017

Mother’s birthday party was held on April 8. Her birthday is really on April 17th when she will be 97 years old. There were fifty-one family members and friends who attended. Not feeling her best, Mother was able to tell everyone in a youthful, strong voice how much she appreciated their effort to travel such long distances in some cases to wish her “Happy Birthday.” Lila, Kelly’s soon-to-be ten-year-old and Mother’s great-granddaughter, wrote a letter to Mother asking her several questions. Mother’s response to Lila’s letter, I think, is appropriate to publish as it could be a response to all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

April 12, 2017

Dear Lila,

You are right about what makes a birthday worth celebrating. All the cards and your presence made my 97th birthday full of happiness and joy! This birthday was the best one because as I looked out and observed my family, I could see that each and every one there was living a life full of promise and hope. I could see purpose-driven lives. I could see smiles and hear all the chatter as you greeted cousins you didn’t know. I would hope that you enjoy other family gatherings for a long time to come.

You asked about how you should celebrate your birthday on June 3. I think you should celebrate with your family. Friends are important, too. Always remember what my father said every Christmas: “Gifts are nice to have, but the best gift of all is the gift of each other.”


Great-grandmother Kohr


I want to thank all my family for the joyful noise you brought to Rachel’s Chapel Fellowship Hall last Saturday. God has showered our family with so many blessings, and we are thankful!