The love of family (Helen Risley)

Finding inspiration in Helen was not hard at all but putting it all in words seems next to impossible. Helen became a mother as a young teenager and there is nothing that could be more unselfish or harder than that. She gave her life to her children and the love of her life, Frank. At this ripe early age, she began this selfless path and continued that throughout her years loving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well. It is hard to love, but she showed me how. It was through her that I learned what love and admiration are. Observing her family and what a family she created and the terrific bond that they all shared. I would wonder in amazement and comparison to the love of my own grandmother’s love for their grandchildren. As her love was bountiful and unrestricted. She was the epitome of a mother’s love. She raised four boys, and her husband, which couldn’t have been easy having the demands of five men upon you! Especially knowing she had to learn motherhood at such an early age. However, she raised the most caring, lovable, and respectable men I know. She was always so proud to be the wife and mother of such extraordinary men. She sacrificed and dedicated her life so that her family would want for nothing. And with that, she was an inspiration to me and it made me feel loved and accepted and proud of. She was my cheerleader and always treated me like I was one of her own. I was her “little lady” And I will take that with me and know that she backs me in all my future endeavors. My heart will eternally recognize her support and love. And this gives me freedom to know her love will guide us always. I extend to all of you those same wishes especially the fine young men and women that she took part in raising, with pride and joy.

-Soul of Aly

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