Saturday, May 8, 2010

Remembering Mom...

This is my first Mother's Day without Mom. I've already had moments when tears threatened to roll down my cheeks and I've let them flow. She's been gone from this earth since Dec. 18th and I still have moments when I want to pick up the phone and call her. She loved talking to her kids and never was too busy to linger in conversation. She listened well and also shared the "news" of her life with all the details and usually with some bursts of laughter. She was a wonderful mother and I am grateful for all that she imparted to me.

There are five of us who share her DNA.
Her first child was my brother Jim.

I came next nearly three years later.

I was followed eighteen months later by my sister Kathleen.

Next came my sister Barbara with only fifteen months between her and Kathy.

And then we were complete when my sister Margelyn arrived three years after Barb's birth.

We all joined last June to celebrate Mom's 90th birthday where we took these photos as we celebrated her long life. I would have some more special days with her as she declined in strength until the middle of December when she breathed the last of earthly air and began life in the presence of Jesus whom she had shared with me and so many others. The smile each family member received as we entered her room will never be forgotten. I am grateful for many things including the fact that she never forgot her own children nor our families.

Mom wasn't perfect but she loved her family and I'm grateful she was my mother. She held nothing back when loving and guiding us through life. I am blessed because she was my mother. I could not have chosen better.

Thanks, Mom, for sharing yourself and the Lord you loved and served with me so that I could spend a lifetime loving and serving Him also. I miss you but I know where you are and I can only imagine that you are "kicking up your heels" with Dad and having a blast!!! And hopefully the cows don't need milking every morning and evening to interrupt your fun times with family and friends!!!


Carol said...

My mama lived to be only 73. She has been gone 5 years now and the tears STILL threaten to roll and sometimes do, so give yourself lots of time and TLC. I long to hug her and hear her laughter. One day I will. Blessings as you continue your earthly journey without your mom by your side, but forever in your heart!

Marge B. said...

Yes, we were indeed blessed to have been given our mother. She was exactly the person God wanted us to have. She truly loved the Lord with all of her heart and she sought to follow Him and impressed that on me. (Deut.9:5-7)
This Mother's Day was bitter-sweet. That Day, especially, made me feel her absence even more. I continue to miss her deeply, and yet I am grateful that she is with her Savior and once again united with dad.
The last 18 months of mom's life, she lived in an Assisted Care facility about 2 minutes from the hospital where I work. I was working on Mother's Day this year, and as I walked out to the parking lot after work, I couldn't help but wish I could drive over and see her on this Day. Mother's Day of 2009 she had attended church with me. In the service we attended, she was recognized as the oldest mother in the congregation. She was 89 yet, as her 90th wasn't until July 23rd. I came forward with her and she was honored with a beautiful flowering plant. I know this meant alot to her and I was so happy and proud to claim her as my mother!

Thanks for sharing your reflections of her.

Love, Marge