Saturday, May 8, 2010

i just read sonja's tribute to her mother and realized that i could
never write one that inspiring, but that doesn't mean i won't try!

my mom was by far the prettiest and youngest of all the mothers
of my classmates .  hans says that when he was a little boy, he used
to hang out around the choir room just to see her walk by.

just for perspective and lest you think he had an older, washed out
mother,  his was a movie star! (peggy dow)

though my mom was lovely, her real beauty radiated from within
her kind and giving heart.  i have watched her bake countless pies,
cobblers, and homemade cinnamon rolls for sick friends and spend
endless hours consoling them.

she was the chaperone for the 5,000 choir trips i took, attended any
concert in which i sang, and made my beautiful dresses for each
event.   she also created all my formal gowns and prom dresses.  i'm
surprised she didn't make my wedding dress!

but her greatest feat was in cherishing her own mother in law.  some
of you may have tough ones, but they couldn't be more difficult than
the one my mom had.  when grandma moved to our town,  all the
aunts from other cities sent their condolences.

my mother purposed in her heart to love her, and therefore, had her
to our house for dinner at least once a week, took her to the store, to
many doctors' appointments, and hair salons.

the most loving gift she gave, though, was a birthday party each year,
at which my grandmother would give a recitation of scripture or a poem
she had written.  my own future mother in law attended many of these
lovely parties.

at the end of my grandmother's life, she and my mother had the most
wonderful loving relationship that i will always cherish.

happy mother's day, mom!


"therefore, i urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your
bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God."  romans 12:1


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh that is a lovely tribute and memory of a woman that touched your life and made you who you are today. What joy to have this gift we call life, to journey, journal and enjoy. Thank you for coming to my blog today and visiting my beloved Rabbit Hill. Yes, the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings inspires us to live a life of enchantment!

Do come anytime for a cup of tea, pink champagne in the garden, or a quick chat! Bisous, Anita

Andrea said...

Happy Mother's Day Lea. We learn so much from our beautiful mothers! My mom is the greatest too. I have recently forged a new relationship with my mother in law that I hope will be a good example for my children. To love no matter what.

Farm Girl said...

Very sweet and very loving, you have been so blessed. I hope you have such a blessed day tomorrow too.
I am sure that you are just like your Mom. :)

Sonja said...

Thanks Lea... you warm my heart!

I am taking a lesson right now from the giving spirit of your mom toward her mother in law. That calls for a grace that I often don't feel, but I'm learning.... slowly!

Love this tribute and so will your mom!

Happy Mothers Day. I'll be with mine tomorrow while hubby is in California. Can't wait!


Sonja said...

ooops... 'mine' being my kids, not my mother, but she will not be far from my thoughts! This computer thing is a real challenge for me. I hit buttons before I check spelling or thinking... :(

Blondie's Journal said...

Such a loving tribute to your mother. I am sure you have many of the same qualities. And you write so eloquently...

Have a Happy Mother's Day, Lea!


Debbie said...

I think you wrote a beautiful tribute indeed. I did read Sonja's too (and yes it was also beautiful).

I love that your mother took the time to be nice to her mother-in-law and cultivated a relationship of love with her. That is priceless! She didn't listen to the aunts but instead judged for herself.


Anonymous said...

She sounds like a treasure. Happy Mother's Day to you both! :)

Single and Sane said...

What a blessing your mother has been. We're so lucky to still have our mothers!

Lisa said...

Your Mother's love walk was inspiring. You were blessed to have witnessed it and we are blessed that you shared it.:)
Happy Mother's Day, Friend!

Rebecca said...

Hi Lea...

May your Mother's Day be beautiful my friend.

I asked Mr. AGPMan about the website and he said the browser must have closed for some reason in order for that to happen. He's going to look into it. Thanks for the sweet comment and the heads-up!


Bree said...

how precious this is-she raised a great daughter as well :)
your sweet words couldn't have come at a better time-thank you. I am humbled by your kindness, truly, thank you, thank you. bless your dear friend and a blessed and joyful mother's day to you.
bree :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

A very sweet tribute to your Mom. Lea! We celebrated with my Mom earlier this week as my three out of state siblings were all able to visit to Brooklyn. Today i celebrated with my daughter and tomorrow I'm packing for a special trip ..details to follow!

Happy Mother's Day!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mom. She sounds like a real "giver."


koralee said...

So lovely...what a sweet mom...may your day be blessed my friend.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Such a sweet post Lea! How blessed you are! Happy Mother's Day!


The Strawberry Mallard said...

Oh Lea..........what a beautiful tribute......feeling all the love from your memory of her!
A very Happy Mothers Day to you angel!

Hugging you now!


Joan Elizabeth said...

Lea, you have learnt much from your Mum just I did from mine. And I am sure your children look to you with similar honour ... the goodness of the Lord passed on from generation to generation ... a wonderful thing.

My name is PJ. said...

Brimming with love and glowing with joy! Thanks for sharing, Lea!

Just Breathe said...

You did a beautiful job. I have to remember all the sweet posts I have read today to do one next year. Happy Mother's Day

Natasha said...

I hope you had a beautiful Mother's day and thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. I am not too good with these kinds of tributes-yours was perfect!

Best wishes,

His Song To Sing said...

Thanks so much for your kind comments on my post about my "other mothers." Your mom obviously passed on her gift of encouragement as I am always blessed by your sweet thoughts. What an example of a servant heart she was also!

I'll pass your request on to my niece!

Liz said...

Your mother is a beautiful lady inside and out. Must be where you get it!:)