Hello, my name is Andrea. I am the youngest of ten children, and I would like to Adopt A Diamond for my Mom. My Mom lost her mother when she was 18, and not long after that she married a very abusive man. During that time she had two children with him, but she eventually was able to get away with my brother and sister, and later divorced him. Some years later in 1967 my Mom and Dad met.They both were divorced with children, while she had two of her own w/full custody my Dad had six w/full custody. My brothers’ and sisters’ ages ranged from a year and a half to thirteen years old. However, that didn’t matter to my Mom.
Six months after dating she married my Dad and took them all in and raised them all as if she were there real mother. Two years later she and my Dad had my sister, and four years after that they had me. For as long as I can remember my mom has always been doing for others and never has a chance to do for herself. Even now, my Mom is 66 years old and is still doing for everyone else.
The past two years have stuck in my mind the most. In June 2001, Tropical Storm Allison hit the area of Houston we lived in really hard. I was at my parent’s house along with my niece and nephew who were then 5 and 7 when the flooding started. That night around one in the morning, we were all forced to leave the house. We waded through cold, dirty water that was at chest level to get to a neighbor’s two-story house a few houses down. My Mom was so scared because she couldn’t swim and at the same time she was worried about me and kept asking if I was okay because I was five months pregnant at the time. We stayed at the neighbor’s house until around noon the next day until the water went down enough to leave the neighborhood. We left for a day and when we came back we found a lot of things destroyed (family pictures, clothes, furniture), and our vehicles had been completely under water.
My Mom was devestated, this had been their home for 34 years. This had been the home all their children were raised in from the time they became a family. My Mom, Dad, and some relatives worked to get the house clean and back in it’s original shape, while my Mom and Dad were staying in a camper in the driveway. My parent’s worked from sun up to sun down to get things back the way they were. They did this every day for a month until July 8th. I went into preterm labor and was in the hospital until July 19th when I delivered a 1 lb 15 oz baby boy. My Mom was there every day and stayed all but three nights with me. I knew she was so tired because along with everything she was dealing with all she had to sleep on in the hospital was a hard sofa, but she never complained.
My little boy was in the hospital for two months, and two months later my parent’s lost their house because the county would not let them rebuild the damaged areas of the house, so they were forced to sell out to the county and the county tore the house down. They were able to find another house about 30 miles north of Houston, but my Mom always says it doesn’t feel like home. Things for my parent’s have been okay since then, but then on the two year anniversary of the flood my sister Kim, who is now six months pregnant, had a grand mals seizure. The doctors ran a lot of tests and discovered she has an AVM (arteriovenous malformation) in her brain, they say without surgery it can burst, but she can’t have the surgery until she delivers her baby, which she will do when she is 8 months. My sister had to quit her job and is not allowed to drive, so my mom has been caring for her and her two children for the past month and a half. My mom drives my sister to all her appointments in the Medical Center about three times a week, so along with that she doesn’t have any time for herself.
I know she is wearing thin because she is so worried about my sister and what will happen to her, but she doesn’t stop or slow down because she knows it’s something she has to do. My Mom never asks for anything in return, so I am asking for her. My mom is a very caring, unselfish person that will do anything possible for her family and friends. I ask you to please consider my Mom to Adopt A Diamond because I know she will give it a good home and take care of it just like she has for my family.
Thank you for reading,