Happy Mother's Day!
My own mother
helped make me the person I am today. I feel like my best qualities
came from my parents - not just through genes, but by seeing the lives
they lived. They taught me how to live, how to love and even how to die
--- all with dignity, a love of God and man, and a love and loyalty to
family and friends. My mother was the most gentle and loving person I
have ever known. I cannot remember a time she ever raised her voice to
me. She was an artist and loved to try as many forms of it as she
possibly could do. She could paint (oil paints), she could sew
(absolutely anything), she could quilt, knit, crochet, needlepoint and
cross-stitch, she could cook, she could garden, she could decorate our
home (with love and beauty), she could pack and move (often) and start
over many times while being a perfect wife to my father who was a
Methodist minister. She could do pretty much anything she put her mind
to do. She valued education and helped put my father through seminary
and me through college. She packed apples at an orchard to earn money
to buy my father's pulpit robe. I could go on and on, but you get the
idea. She left me all too early, after a long battle with cancer, and I
miss her each and every day of my life.
It's easy to see where my parents got the values they had, when I think
of my grandmothers. They both could do most anything, too. One died
when I was only 5 years old and I still remember her beautiful
snow-white hair and how she would sing and rock me, holding me in her
arms. My other grandmother lived to be 94 and lived a beautiful life. I
treasure all my childhood memories from times we visited her and all
the times she came to stay for a visit with us. She could do anything
and taught me that I could, too.
My MIL is 91 years young. She works crossword puzzles - several a day -
in ink. She is an avid reader, has basic computer skills and does so
many, many things that keep her young. When I was fighting cancer, she
encouraged me every day through kind words in emails. She is an amazing
woman. She gave me my husband, the love of my life.
I love seeing my daughter be the woman and mother she is today. She
has a loving family and she has given me my two wonderful grandsons.
She is like a sister, a best friend and a daughter. I love her with all
My son's wife
son and daughter-in-law together is a wonderful thing. If I'd been
assigned the task of choosing a wife for my son, I could not have made a
better choice. She has given me my first baby girl for a grandchild
and their family is a true blessing to me - every day. She is a
wonderful wife, a wonderful mother and a beautiful person.
My former neighbor
Our former neighbor was often like a mother to me and a grandmother
to my children. They even called her Grandma Ann. She is a beautiful
person and has a special place in our hearts.
My daughter's mother-in-law
I must mention her because she shares my grandsons with me and she
is a beautiful person. She can make the best apple, pumpkin, pecan and
cherry pies in the world and she is a wonderful grandmother to my boys.
My son's mother-in-law
I must mention her because I shared with her the love of my DIL (her
first and only child) and our sweet Olive Jane. We lost her all too
soon. I have promised myself
that I will do all I can to keep her memory alive in Olive Jane's
heart. She loved her so very much. She was also an awesome MIL to my
son and so often said that she could not have chosen a better person for
her daughter to marry.
My many friends
I have many friends who may or may not have children of their own but
have been an influence in one way or another to me or to my children. I
am blessed to have them in my life.
I challenge you to take a moment today to think of and be thankful for all those who have touched your life.
Next post... back to stamping:) Have a beautiful day!