Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mothers Day!

   I miss my dear mother daily. I tell so many stories about her. She worked hard. There was 7 of us kids and we lived on a farm. Lots of cooking, cleaning and washing, I am sure none of us told her enough that we were grateful and loved her, I do remember getting and giving hugs, especially when I was a youngin. My mother taught me a lot of things. One thing I have always remembered  was, to be a gracious host. We often had company, most often ate in the kitchen. But, we always had a fine table and treated our guest with respect and much love. Sent them home with left overs, home made treats and flowers from the garden. My mother always had a centerpiece. She was very creative and that has since worn off on me. I remember some of the things she would do, like dig up wild violets from the yard and put them in pretty china cups. After the dinner they would go back to the yard to grow and bloom again .
   My mother was very much religious. I no so much. Not that I am proud of it, but it is how I have grown o live. No excuse, just reality. I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church. We had Sunday school and sermon on Sunday morning. Training Union and sermon on Sunday nights. There was pray meetings on Wednesdays night. I often would go to bible drills where we learned to find bible verses and complete with others.It not only made you know the bible, but also be social with other Christians. My mother learned she had cancer. It was bad. She took the news hard. She just could not understand why God had done this to her. It was one of the hardest and saddest moments of my life. I had to pull out all the faith I had ever known. I told my dear, sweet, dying Mom, it was not the Lord doing this. It was the old devil trying to test her. She smiled and said I was right. A few minutes latter she had gone to the Lord she loved so much. And I just set there crying. I hope I said the right thing and some how made her passing a little easier.
    I know none of us are perfect. Some of my siblings would say my mother was not. I guess I could say that for some things as well. But, she was my mother, the one and only and I loved her and miss her very much. I think Mothers day is a good thing. With out the love and devotion we get from our Mothers, life could be a tough place.
   If you have your  Mother, be sure and make an effort to tell her you love her, appreciate her and how special and beautiful she is.  It doesn't have to be in the form of an expensive present, maybe just a hug. If your Mother is gone, like mine, take a few minutes, close your eyes and look for that beautiful face. I just know my Mother is in Heaven by the God she loved so much. I just hope I might get to see her again someday and tell her once more that I love her,
   Happy Mothers day out there, Come by anytime for a tour. I will always leave the lights on and Sissy will meet you with a jump and a kiss.



How beautiful my friend! You did all a child can do for a mother, just by writing and expressing your love for her in this lovely post. Mothers are human beings too..I am one and I know I haven't always been a perfect one, but I do adore my girls and I would give my life for them, like your dearest mama! You were blessed to have a loving mother and that's it! God is good.
Big hugs,


Oh, and look just like your lovely mother!

Babs said...

What a beautiful tribute to your lovely mother.She must have been very proud of you.
My mom passed away when she was 90 years old. She was a Southern Baptist, too and read her Bible every day. Thanks so much for the Mother's Day wishes.

Curtains in My Tree said...

You said all the right things Richard, your Mother would be so proud of you today for writing about her and your love for her.

SO glad you have your Mom's talent for setting a pretty table with flowers from the yard
I love to reminisce about days gone by and look at old family pictures

Happy Mothers day to all of our Mother's who are not with us any more

xoxoxo Janice

Pamela Gordon said...

I agree with what the other commenters said Richard. Your mother would be very proud of you. Blessings, Pamela

Barbara F. said...

You look so much like your Mom, and no mother is perfect. Each child is different. They do the best they can,with all the love they have. I still miss my mom, too. I will toast her tomorrow at dinner, and my grandmothers' too. xo

Lottie said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post!

Victorian1885 said...

Richard what a lovely Mother's Day tribute to your Mother. My Mother just passed in March and I was lucky to be with her in those last days and minutes as well.
Our memories with have to keep us until we meet again... take care.

Susan said...

Lovely post, Richard.

It was a nice tribute to your Mama.

I'm sure she is up there, somewhere, looking down on you and feeling proud of all your accomplishments.

Thanks for sharing. Susan

Entertaining Women said...

Your mother was truly blessed to have a son who honored her and loved her like you did. I miss my mama, too. Have a day filled with sweet memories. Cherry Kay

GinaBVictorian said...

Second,thank you for sharing your heart with us, it was beautiful. Your mother sounds like she was a wonderful God fearing woman. Pass on her Godly legacy Richard, don't let it stop with her. You carry it on, pray for God to come into your heart, ask him to help you truly believe and to love him with all your heart. Seek him, read his Word, talk to him daily in prayer and most importantly spend time with other believers. You'll see it's not so bad after all. God will be the best friend you'll ever have, you just have to go to him and open your heart to him, He won't disappoint. Richard, God is so good. He never promised we would go through life with out pain and loss but he did promise that He would never leave us or forsake us. It's what we do with that pain that matters, do we keep it to ourselves and blame God or do we go out there and help others who are going through the same thing we have went through and give Him the glory for getting us through that pain. I'll be praying for you Richard.

Sissysmom said...

Richard, This is a very lovely tribute to your mother. I would have known she was your mother just from the picture, you have her eyes.

My parents are both 83 and live with me and sometime in the day to day living and taking care of them I forgot how blessed I am to still have my parents here with me. My Mother has taught me so many lessons in life without even speaking. She truely lives for God each day and is happy and content even though in pain daily from her MS.

Open your heart to God as your mother did and even though in pain or sad and depressed He will give you peace and contentment in your life.

Thanks for posting and sharing parts of your life with us! Give Sissy Dog a pat on the head from me!


Divine Theatre said...

My goodness, Richard! You look just like your beloved mother! I could pick her out in a crowd!
I am so sorry that you have to be without her. She knows how much you love her...even now.
I never had parents and was always so envious of everyone who did (which is everyone else, it seems).
God doesn't spend as much time in church as people think! I find Him in the garden most days, or in the love of my family...and friends like you!



Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Such a lovely tribute to your Mom Richard!! Seven kids! That's a hand full of love and dedication!!

Charlotte Wilson said...

What a loving tribute to your mother. She would be proud. It is so nice to read your experiences when you were younger.
And you are the spitting image of your mom!

mississippi artist said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mother. You look exactly like her! It seems to me that you said exactly the right thing.

BettyJean @ ShabbyTeaParty said...

Such a touching, heartfelt, post, Richard, brings tears to my eyes. Yes, I absolutely think you said the right thing to your Mother and I think she realized you were right when she smiled. I'm sure she was happy when she passed. Happy that both you and she knew she was going to be with her Lord. You are the spitting image of her and have continued to practice what she taught you about social graces and welcoming visitors as family and making them feel loved. I'm sure your mother is very proud of you. Hugs,