Over the past week I have seen many posts from friends on Facebook about Moms. Most of my friends wrote of the loss of their Mother.
My Mom went to be with The Lord in 1990. I was only 37. Although it seems like a century ago the emotional pain at times is still raw.
I praise God for that biting pain for it is those wonderful dear memories that cause my heart to ache.
How to describe her? Tender but with a fun-filled heart, a love for God and His people, Ms. Hospitality, never met someone who was not a friend, sweet Mom, smiling, organized, giving… just an outstanding person.
Mom and Dad traveled quite a bit. I remember when I was in Junior High they went to Europe over Thanksgiving. Nana lived with us at that time. My Home Economics’ project was to make the Thanksgiving meal! When my parents called that day I made sure Mom knew I made “real” mashed potatoes, as she had discovered and embraced the instant kind.
I absolutely love this photo. Dad looks like a movie star and that scarf Mom has on makes me laugh. She used to cover her “perfect” hair whenever there was a breeze. She never put her head under the water in our pool or the shower-head. At night she wrapped about a 1/3 of a roll of toilet paper around her head to keep every curl in place.
The funniest “hair” story is when she asked Brother Bobby if she could wear a shower-cap when she was baptized! I wish I had been there to see the look on his face.
The last 6 to 8 years of her life they frequently could be found “camping”… of course it was not in a tent. Mom used to say her idea of roughing it was one ice cube.
I’ve changed my mind… the hi-tech camping pic is my favorite. This is how I remember the two of them. Mom always smiling, hair perfect, shorts with earrings (unusual back then), and Dad with pipe and dry sense of humor (he was the one that added the comment).
Losing my parents was tough. I miss both of them. Today on Mother’s Day I obviously find myself reminiscing about Mom but also the several outstanding maternal women that have been in my life. Cecily’s (BFF) Mother, Aunt Lillian Hornick; a godly woman of grace and style. Alice Wiles, a saint… although I did not know her well, her pearls of wisdom still resound in my heart. Nana, my Mom’s Mom; a lot like Mom… funny, white gloves and white hair, great cook, loved The Lord, always had room at her feet in the car on a trip for whatever was added to the car!!
I have been blessed with godly women.
Proverbs 31:10-31 speaks of the characteristics of a virtuous woman. I see my Mother in many of those words. She was not idle, always busy, usually helping others during the day and planning some sort of party in the evening! (We had at least 50 people over one day to celebrate the birth of a nest in our backyard of bluejays!)
- She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
I am sure my parents had more than one argument, but I only remember one. She never had an unkind word for others.
- She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Verse 28 says it all! This was my Mother!
Her children arise up, and call her blessed!
I pray you have fond memories of your Mother, but I know that many of you are estranged from yours. If that the situation, this is an opportunity to be an “Aunt Lillian” or “Alice Wiles”… neither of them were blood relatives to me, but such godly influences on my life.
Find someone you can mentor. God has a special plan for your life, don’t miss out on it.