I admit that I teared up a little during her birthday party when she walked to her chair. I well remember her first episode (I've watched it a couple times), so to see her move, even dependent on that walker, was wonderful.
I'm actually glad we don't see much of her kids. They need to have their own lives, and she needs to be less dependent on them. She did mention that she lived with Esau for a while at the beginning before she went back home.