Saturday, May 9, 2009

Tribute to Mom...

You were such a cute baby nearly 90 years ago -
child #5 in a family of 7 children.

Your life story has some pain - your mother's death when you were only 5 years old, losses during The Great Depression and having to leave home at age 15. But your future held much joy and blessing also! I think you would say that learning about and receiving the gift of salvation offered through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the greatest blessing in your life.

But right after that would be the 65 years of marriage to the handsome "man of your dreams" which remained vibrant and compatible until his death 2 1/2 years ago.

The next blessings God heaped on your life were your children!

I'm quite sure your first daughter was your favorite but that may be just how I viewed it!

And now nearly 90 years have flown by! Your days of hard work, the demands of raising five children and the ups and downs of dairy farming are all part of the moments that shaped the memories your children now treasure as they remember you this Mother's Day.

What a blessed woman I am to have you as my mother. Your feisty spirit helped provide your children with visions of futures rich with potential and promise. You modeled the importance of doing work with excellence. You encouraged our opportunities and cheered our achievements. You rejoiced that our lives included more education and accomplishment than you were able to experience. You were our most faithful cheerleader - giving good advice and being a sympathetic listener when we experienced pain and struggles.

Your lifetime of faithfulness to your Lord is also a model to me
of how to live as a maturing Christian.

Thanks, Mom, for being steadfast throughout your life.
You have shared your love selflessly and
I am blessed because of that.

Thanks, Mom, for giving life to me physically and for making sure I learned about the gift of salvation so
I could receive that life through you also.

Psalm 19:14 describes you:
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Happy Mother's Day
from a daughter who's proud to be in your lineage.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, Linda. And thanks for the many times I got to share your Mom and other extended family members. From someone that does not have that loving background, it still means a lot when I recall the memories. Happy Mother's Day to you. Barb

Sarah said...

Mom,your words mean much. What a wonderful post and so tech savy with the great photos! I love you.