With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Think on These Things #13 ~ Mommy

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Think on These Things #13 ~ Mommy

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On a recent morning I was thinking of my mom and glanced at my bookshelf with a photo of the two of us taken the last time we saw each other.  Then I noticed on a nearby coffee table, a photo of her holding me as an infant.
A lifetime of years passed between these two photos.
A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go.
Author Unknown

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.
Author Unknown

While reading many posts from Kathleen's (Cuisine Kathleen) Mother's Day Challenge, I reluctantly decided to link up and share some things from my mom.  I didn't expect it, but this is a hard Mother's Day for me since it is the first one since Mommy's passing in August.

My mom grew up in very humble circumstances being one of eleven children.  Her mother died at age 44 leaving many little ones that the older kids raised. (Mommy was third oldest).  There weren't settings of china or crystal to pass down and these years were huge in developing Mommy's character.

 As I looked about thinking of Mommy and the things I have received from her, it seemed fitting to gather in a room that is most representative of her.  So, I collected items that belonged to her for a Mother's day brunch served on the bedroom set that belonged to her.
 Mommy wasn't about fussy ~ elaborate, yes, but not flowery.
She knew quality and well constructed things.  Her dishes for years were her well-loved Hull Brown Drip glazed.  They were heavy and dark and I liked little about them.  I often wondered how she could hoist a stack of then to put into the cabinet.  In contrast, she loved milk glass and collected some Westmoreland and Fenton pieces.  The white cups were only for display because she much preferred her coffee and tea in a hearty mug.
Mommy loved old fashioned home-style cooking.  She didn't much like making it herself but it warmed my heart always to see her enjoy meals I made for her and tell me I cooked just like her mom.

She never left home without her Sweet 'n Low even though she never had an ounce of fat on her small frame.

I fill my world with flowers and while Mommy admired them, please give her a green plant.  Even better, an artificial green plant that she could dust regularly and wouldn't die. 

She loved linens, doilies, rugs, place mats and well, mats of all sorts. (just ask any family member)
Her favorite colors were beige, ecru, bone, off-white and brown.  If she was feeling really daring, she might throw in a little burnt orange or peach.

She also liked containers.

She was a perfectionist in everything she did and she expected it from others. She noticed hard work and valued it. She was sentimental and cherished a handmade gift especially one from a grandchild.
Mommy was very organized and kept detailed journals with family history. Her home was filled with framed photos of those special to her.  Her photo albums were overflowing.
This is the bedroom set she said would be mine.  It isn't the one she and Daddy used most of their life but was bought when they sold their lifetime home to move to a manageable apartment. 
Besides loving the style of this beautiful bedroom set, I think it really illustrates the personality of Mommy.

Though petite and small in stature, Mommy was strong and commanding.  She had a big personality with inner strength.  See those wrinkles in the Matelasse bedspread, they would not in exist Mommy's world.  She had so many covers on her mattress and boxspring and layers of bedding that I wondered how she could breath or move once inside .

And her windows wouldn't be covered with a simple a sheer panel.  Her windows were festooned with layer and layer of the most beautiful fabric draperies, most that she made herself.
The height, size, quality and ornate style of each of these pieces of furniture really echo the same traits found in Mommy.
She had a large presence and my heart is missing her.

And... looking with love from the generation before me to the generation after me...
my babies
~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~
Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report - if there is any virtue and if there is any praise- think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8
Opening Think on These Things early this week so I can link up with Kathleen's Let's Dish Mother's Day Party

Has God impressed on your heart something special this week?
Was there a Scripture verse, a song, a quote, a poem or an encouraging word that came your way and caused you to pause.
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 With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart


Amanda said...

Thank you so much for hosting every week. I think your blog is lovely, and, since linking up with you, I am always looking forward to your kind remarks. You are such an encouraging woman! Thank you!
What a sweet way to remember your mom. I can see the family resemblance even in your girls. God bless you and your family this mother's day!

Cyn said...

What a beautiful mom she is! My Grandma raised me I am going to try and link up with this. She passed away in 2006, and it is still hard. I love your moms colors..so elegant. Your babies :) what wonderful children...God's blessings. :)

Maple Lane said...

A heartwarming post about your dear Mom. I loved learning more about her. May God bless you with precious memories of her as you gather with your children and grandchildren.

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a beautiful post. I am reading blogs and wiping tears there are so many sweet tributes to moms. I can tell yours was a very special lady, and she's raised a gem in you!
Happy Mother's Day,

Barbara F. said...

Lorraine, this is such a beautiful and touching post. I am so glad you did it and shared it with us. Your bedroom set reminds me of mine! I love the way you arranged the tray on the bed.

The "firsts" after a loved one's passing are hard, but know she is close to you in spirit. xo

Debbie Huffaker said...

What a precious tribute to your Mom. Your daughters are all beautiful. Erin looks so much like you!!! Happy Mother's Day to you, sweet blogging friend!

Lady Farmer said...

What a perfectly lovely post, Lorraine! Thank you for sharing memories of your dear Mommy with us!

kitty said...

Lorraine, what a beautifully written post honoring your special Mom. May you have a blessed and happy Mother's Day!

marie said...

Lorraine this is wonderful! I loved reading about your dear mother. You shared it all so beautifully...such a sweet tribute to her.

Loved seeing your girls too...your family is filled with beautiful women.

Happy Mother's Day to you! You'll be in my prayers this weekend.

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- What a wonderful tribute to your beautiful mother. I read every word and I can tell how much you loved her. I love her little quirks, too...mats and containers!;>)

God bless you as you go through this first Mother's Day without her here in her Earthly home. xo Diana


Beauty runs in the women of your family, starting from your beautiful mother, you and your beautiful daughters! What a touching and wonderful tribute to your dearest mother, I can't imagine how hard it must be to miss your wonderful mother, as I still have mine and can't imagine losing her. She had such adorable and pretty things you're treasuring now. Have a blessed MOTHER'S DAY with your daughters too.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

How wonderful you were left that beautiful bedroom set to remember your parents by! Patsy from

Pondside said...

I love your posts about family, and this one was particularly warming. You mother sounds like someone who led by example - what a blessing she was to you.

Holly Lefevre said...

I truly do not think I have ever read a tribute to a mother that has touched me this much. I love how you collected her things on the tray...this is so special.

Melanie said...

Lovely post!!! A loving tribute to your Mom!!!! You are so blessed to have 4 lovely daughters!!!! Enjoyed this post very much!!!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful post! I loved it...Your mom sounds like such a lovely person. Her bedroom sets looks a lot like the one my mom bought too when she settled into the little home they are in now. Your daughters are so pretty (I think Erin looks like you) and how blessed you are to have 4 of them!! Such sweet memories, thanks for sharing them with us... Hope you have a good mother's day!

Cindy said...

This is such a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your mom with us.

Maryann said...

This is one of the most beautiful tribute I think I have read. I love how you used the photos of things that reminded you of her. Will be praying for you this Mothers Day as you remember your mom

lindsey said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. Mothers Day UK was back in March, it was the first since my mother in law passed away and we loved her dearly. I still have my mother but she is becoming more and more forgetful which saddens me. However, we are so thankful for the mothers that God blessed us with and that over the years we knew that they were, and I am sure my mother is still, praying for us and our families. Thank You Lord!

Elaine said...

I admire your strength in sharing so much about your mother when your loss was so recent. It has taken me years. Your mother sounds like a remarkable woman and I'm sure she has passed on many wonderful traits. The bedroom set is beautiful.

Laurie said...

Your beautiful tribute to your mom touched my heart deeply, and your love and devotion to her are evident and continue even though she is gone. It made me think about my mom, who passed away in December, so this is my first Mother's Day to not send her a card or to give her a call. The quotes you shared and the photos of your daughters are perfect for this Mother's Day ~ I pray your day is full of love and blessings.

Melissa said...

Your post is so lovely.
Your mother sounds like such a strong woman.

May your wonderful memories of her sustain you thru this weekend, and in the years to come. =)

Heather said...

Happy Mothers day a beautiful tribute to your Mom, her legacy clearly lives on through you and onto your daughters enjoy your weekend xx Heather

Ann said...

A very touching tribute to your beautiful mom. I think I would have really liked her, she sounds like a great lady

Patrice said...

I'm sure every mother would love to be remembered this way...Happy Mother's Day

Liz - Imageremix said...

Your mother's collection and your memories of her and seeing you set up a little spot to have a mother's day brunch with items that belonged to her is so touching. Your description of her and the things she loved and did make me feel like I knew her. Happy Mother's Day!


Kathleen said...

Beautiful post! The "things" we have from our parents are nice remembrances, but pale in comparison to the values they instilled in us. We can only hope we passed some of these qualities down to our kids and gkids!
A very happy Mother's Day to you and your girls!

Mirjana Simic said...

Your post is so lovely.
Happy Mother's Day to you too and your beautiful girls

The Tablescaper said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your Mom.

- The Tablescaper

Nancy's Notes said...

What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mother! You have such a wonderful family!

Happy Mother's day!

Gayle said...

What a beautiful and touching tribute to your mother. I know her passing left a hole in your heart, but your memories will keep her close.

Sharing Shadymont said...

A lovely tribute to your Mother. Thank you for sharing and for stopping by my place.
God Bless you!

Happy Mother's Day!

Maple Lane said...

me again...I am unable to link up to your post this week, but I did try!

Ms. Redo said...

This is a beautiful tribute to your mother - she was obviously an incredible woman, she raised a wonderful daughter. BTW, I was unable to link to the party because I used your blog title with a link back to you, which it wouldn't take. When I copied the code, it seemed to take on my blog at first, but when I tried to post to you, again it wouldn't take, so I went back and rechecked my blog and it was just a funny little symbol... I've had trouble trying to copy your button to my blog numerous times, which is why I've normally been using the link back. Am I the only one? I couldn't link to the party today :(

Ms. Redo said...

I think it may be the button on the sidebar which I have trouble with - I went back and tried the one within your blog post and it worked this time. Thanks, Mary

Ms. Redo said...

Nope, still doesn't work :(

bj said...

She was so pretty.
I hope this Mother's Day is especially wonderful and blessed for you.

I didn't know about your party....I hope to link up soon.
xo bj

Maggie Ann said...

What a beautiful post...I know the Lord is ever near...parting is so hard.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

That was a beautiful tribute to your mom! Loved all the pictures and sweet items you included on the tray. Enjoy your Mother's Day!

Karena said...

Lorraine this is a most wonderful tribute to your Mother. I am so happy you have some of her beloved items to remind you of what a special woman she was.

Art by Karena

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your mommy was the woman who truly lived the verse "Her children rise up and call her blessed."

I was 5 when my dear mom went to be with the Lord. It does get easier. Praise be to God that you have so many wonderful memories to comfort you.

Be blessed and Happy Mother's Day!

Buttercup said...

Lorraine, this is beautiful. I've got a little sniffle just reading this. On days like today -- my mother has been gone for over twenty years and my dear aunt for three years -- I hold close the thought that those we love live in our hearts forever.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a sweet post! My maternal grandmother died at a very young age also.

Happy Mother's Day, Lorraine!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

I don't see the ceramic pumpkin, but I gues it's not the season. Hope you had a good Mothers Day.

Melissa Bo said...

What a beautiful post! Your memories of your mother are so special!


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