34,333 Sunrises

 24,525 weekdays and 9,808 weekend days

4,904 weeks and 5 days

Today, my siblings and I are witnessing an extraordinary miracle of celebrating my mom’s 94th Birthday!!  It is phenomenal!  Sixteen (16) months ago, she was diagnosed with end-stage cancer.  She was not given 4 months; meaning she was not suppose to make it to her 93rd, much less 94th celebration of birth.


34,333bbSpring 2013

34,333cLate July 2014

We are blessed to still have her with us.  Although, the last year ravaged her body, she remains in good spirits and young at heart.   Since the Lord is not ready for her, evidently she still has “work to do”!


Happy Birthday, Momma!!

34,333 sunrises

Life paths taken
Memories made, moments remembered

Laughter mixed with tears
Sorrow with joy
Fear with courage
Despair with hope
Lessons learned whether on first try or ninety-fourth
Commitments fulfilled
Achievements far outweigh disappointments

Sacred Journey continues
Harmonizing the preciousness of life

Waning body
Clarifies the importance of
Love, tenderness and its ripple effect

Wisdom and understanding sought in Everlasting
Spirits determined to fly higher
Always remaining young at heart
Believing Divine Love is ever present

Thankful for
Each moment of this gifted time
Celebrating this 34,333rd day




© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2014


About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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27 Responses to 34,333 Sunrises

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  2. What a beautiful tribute to your mother. Just absolutely love your poem- a good reminder of how precious each day of our lives remains- Thank you for sharing this, Elizabeth


    • becca givens says:

      Elizabeth, thank you for your kind words and wishes. Yes, we should be mindful of the fragility of life and appreciate each moment’s gifts.


      • So happy to know your Mother is still with you. I’ve been spending several days a week with my aging parents this summer, and have come to appreciate each of them in a completely new way. It is “being in the moment” which opens the door to this new relationship. Best wishes, E


        • becca givens says:

          New eyes open when we realize they are no longer immortal; when their physical and mental actions are slower … when the parent becomes more of the child, and the child has to assume some variation of the parent … yet still respect their original role. It’s a challenge to witness. Enjoy and continue appreciating your parents. 🙂


          • That is an excellent description of it. A tough spot to negotiate, especially when one realizes the memory and reasoning issues creeping in for these once talented and stalwart (and much loved and respected) adults… 😉


  3. shoreacres says:

    And a happy belated birthday to your Mom! It’s just wonderful that she’s still with you. There’s no question that the love you all have surrounded her with has played a role — perhaps the biggest role — in keeping her spirit young and alive.

    I love that first photo of her. I can see that little girl in her face even today — and in yours, too!


  4. Aawwww … soooo very sweet. I LOVE this post as I think your Mother will too.
    Tearfully, I read and looked at every photo. It is very touching.
    I’m pleased she has been able to enjoy many more years than originally thought.
    It’s truly a BLESSINGS. May your Mother continue to enjoy the wonders of the very special daughter she created with her cherished heart paints. 😍
    Happy Happy Birthday !!!! ❤


  5. What an incredible journey. Many well wishes to your mom. You and I are extremely blessed to still have our moms in our lives. And you, my dear, are an extremely talented young lady! Love you.


  6. kittiesblue says:

    Happy Birthday to your Mom. If my mom were alive, she would have been 94 on July 3. She died when she was 45. I envy you having your mom in your life all these years. Whatever time is left for her, I hope she lives it in light and love. The poem was excellent. Hugs, janetr


    • becca givens says:

      Thank you, Janet. I know we are fortunate to have her still with us, while so many friends no longer have their own — many for many years. I feel sad for you/them while I still have my own — albeit not for much longer. Thank you for the wishes. 😀


  7. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Birthday to your mother!


  8. Such a sweet little girl and a beautiful woman. Happy Birthday!


  9. Becca, no one is more pleased to celebrate this amazing day than I.. Wonderful photos and a remarkable lady .. Loved your poem.. Much love and Here’s to each Sunrise, may they be bright and blessed with love and laughter.. xxx


  10. ksbeth says:

    wow, that is extraordinary, happy birthday momma ) beth


  11. Patti Ross says:

    The best wishes to your mom!


  12. Best wishes and a very Happy Birthday to your mom ❤


  13. imexcited says:

    Wow! What a blessing indeed. Happy birthday to your momma.


  14. Happy Birthday to your mom! 🙂


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