betty

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She raised nine children: six girls and three boys
She kept a steady hand alongside her man, Lloyd
They’d left homesteads behind to found the farm
And she was his right arm

But she was more.

She established a home, room by room with great care
Furnished and finished with quality wares
She shopped and stocked to clothe and feed
Her children never knew a real need

She cooked for a small army three times a day
Farm laborers, too; no one turned away
With relatives showing at who-knows-what time
She’d learned well how to stretch a dime

She did the books, kept the farm in the black
They were in for the long haul, no turning back
When times were tough, she found a way through
The pen might run red but this woman was true

Her family came first, in heart and in mind
She raised them in faith, to know right and be kind
They learned to work hard and to never give up
Even when life presents a bitter cup

She has remained strong, widowed twenty-eight years
She’s never faltered or given in to her fears
Grands and great-grandchildren, her lineage continues
To bless this woman who has defined virtue

Because she is more.

*****

She is g’ma and great-g’ma many times over. She is sister and aunt. She is mother-in-law, revered. She is friend and confidante. She is counselor, teacher, and guide. She is beloved by all.

Happy birthday, Betty-boo!

Proverbs 31: A Wife of Noble Character

Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders. She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.

Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done.

~René Morley

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