365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, today my family and I would like to celebrate the matriarch of our family. She will be 80 years young on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. She is indeed “A Rare and Precious Jewel” fit for a Queen. The Hawkins family bloodline has been graced with 80 years of wisdom, from her inception until now. She is the matriarch of this family and have touched not only the lives of the bloodline, but all those connected through marriage and friendship. Lillie Mae, as she is affectionately known, is a quiet and soft-spoken woman of wisdom who encompasses a heart of love and gives both wisdom and love freely to all she comes in contact. “A Rare and Precious Jewel” who speaks with “lips of knowledge” and one who has used this knowledge well to train a village to build their homes and raise their offspring in the admonition of the Lord. Because of who she is, we are who we are today. Each of us different and similar in many ways, but the most important factor we share is our love for Queen Lillie. So, on today, we give her every jewel to represent the type of Jewel she is to us.
January, the Garnet, represents our Dear Sweet Lillie Ride. Full of joy and always ready for safe travel and service to others. If you need a riding partner you can always count on Dear Sweet Lillie Ride, she keeps her riding shoes on.
February, the Amethyst, represents her courage to partner with her sister Sylvia (Sugar and Spice) and raise “The Ten plus Two” as single parents always standing for what was right.
March, the Aquamarine, represents her calming spirit which has always saturated our family with peace.
April, the Diamond, represents her everlasting love for all she has come in contact. She is the true definition of what love is and should be.
May, the Emerald, represents her fertileness; her ability to grow this family and produce fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT).
June, the Pearl, represents her purity. A woman with a pure heart where evil has never dwelled. The bible says in Matthew 5:8 (KJV), “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. We have seen her go through a lot, but even in the midst, she has always spoke kind words. “For out the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Matthew 12:34 KJV).
July, the Ruby, represents the month she was born and her passion for the people and things she loves such as family, cooking, ironing, keeping the home, and calling to check on others.
August, the Jade, represents her strength. As the matriarch of this family she has endured financial difficulties, illness, family crisis, death, etc. but through it all the joy of the Lord has been her strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
September, the Sapphire, represents her wisdom. “There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge [her wisdom she continuously instills in us] are a precious jewel (Proverbs 20:15 KJV).
October, the Opal, represents her faithfulness. Her faithfulness to keep this family together via phone calls and family gatherings. We love the fact that she has 90-95% of everybody’s number and call every number in that book!
November, the Yellow Topaz, represents her intellect. She may not have a college education and degrees hanging on her wall, but her mind of reason and capacity of understanding could not be taught in University but has taught this family so much we could never learn from a book.
December, the Blue Topaz, represents her good fortune. She has successfully raised a family, fed us well with those tasty and priceless recipes, kept us together, did her very best to keep us out of trouble, and most importantly prayed God’s will for our lives.
Thank you, our Rare and Precious Jewel, Queen Lillie Mae Hawkins, your 80 Years of Wisdom continues to be food for our soul!