A Mother's Day Tribute

Don Norman, my father-in-law, who along with his wife raised two daughters, used to say he felt he lived his life in a woman’s dormitory. I understand his sentiments. Today is Mother’s Day and I’d like to write a few comments about the women in my life.
Mom, you lived your life with honor and grace. You never weighed more than 110 pounds soaking wet but your backbone, resilience and faith always proved unshakeable. It’s been nearly two years since your death. I love you and I miss you.
Cindy, this September we will have been married for 33 years! How does time move so quickly? You are a remarkable woman and you’ve impacted our family and church in so many positive ways. Thank you for being a wonderful wife, a caring mom to our daughters, and a doting grandmother to our greatest gifts.
Ashley, welcome to the joys of having your own family. Austin is blessed to have you as his wife. Both of you are fortunate to be raising three incredible daughters. Life looks different than it did a few years back. God has been good to you. I’m very proud of who you are and who you are becoming.
Haley, two years in Mississippi have brought to life many of the gifts inside of you. Your intelligence, wit and faith make for interesting conversations and being with you brings tremendous joy. A new journey is now about to unfold. Go girl!
Rya Faith, Sophia Jude, and Stella James… you’ve totally rocked my world. Being a grandparent is the best gift I’ve ever known. In your short years of life you’ve taught me a great deal about what’s most important. Watching you grow is a treasure that keeps giving. You’ve filled our family with laughter and gratitude. I love each one of you.
Connie, we’ve laughed and cried together over the years. The sister-in-law title fades over time and from our journey I have a deep respect and appreciation for who you are. Thank you for loving me and believing in me when it would have been easier to walk away. The gift of family is forever.
Don Norman, you were right. I can’t wait to share some of my stories with you. Until then…

Terry Crigger

Terry is a husband to Cindy, dad to Ashley and Haley (and Austin), and papa to Rya, Sophia, and Stella. He has served as the Senior Pastor of Christ's Chapel for over 25 years.