Saturday, May 8, 2010

Remmembering my Mother~~My Mentor~My Friend

I am re-posting this post that I wrote a couple of years ago about my Mother. I am so thankful that I had such a great Mom. I miss her!

My Mother was one of the truest, kindest persons I have known. She was a genuine Southern Bell. It seemed like when I was growing up, there were always people stopping by our house. Mom was always ready with a warm smile, a cold drink, and usually something to eat. Mom was a wonderful cook. When dad was pastoring, we usually had someone for dinner every Sunday. She made it look so effortless and enjoyable.
Mom had the heart of a teacher. She had her Masters in Elementary Education. She taught me the love of reading. many winter nights she would read to us such books as, Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the prairie. She taught me a lot through example. As a young girl,I remember many times looking for her, and finding her in her bedroom praying. What a heritage I have!
Mom was a giver. Many times she would quietly help someone in need, whether it was a meal, money or clothes. I remember more than once her buying somebody a dress, because she wanted them to have something nice too.
Mom was a friend--and she had many!! She made people feel special, and they liked to be around her. She was my shopping buddy, OH how we liked to shop together.
Mom showed good attitudes, and if she was wrong, she was always willing to apologize. She demonstrated grace under fire. Mom suffered with cancer for 9 years. The last two years were extremely painful for her, yet many times I would hear someone ask her how she was feeling, and she would answer,"Well just pretty good." She taught me how a Christian lives AND dies.
Many times growing up , I did not agree with her. Some times I thought she was Crazy! Some rules just didn't make sense to me. But now that I am a mother, I see how wise she was. Many days I think about her and strive to the kind of mother she was. Many days I fall short. If I can be half as good a mother has she was to me, I will have been a success.
I have been putting this off all week. For one thing I am not the writer that some of you are. But the other reason is because I knew it would make me miss her more. This will be my third Mothers Day without her.
I thank God for my wonderful Mother, and that he has allowed me to be a mother.


Kelly S said...

Happy mother's Day! Sorry I didn't get to celebrate with you this year.

Your mother was a beautiful lady (inside and out). I am grateful that I had a chance to get to know her.

Nancy said...

My heart always aches for those who no longer have their mother. I've been so fortunate to have my Mom still around. I no longer take that for granted after losing my Mother-in-law. You are a wonderful mother to your "brood"...after reading this posting, i know where you get it.

~Heather~ said...

Dear Patty, thanks for signing my blog. I thought that you did a BEAUTIFUL job on your tribute to your sweet Mother. I did not know her, but I know that she raised a good daughter...YOU! =) Sooooo Sorry that she is gone, but glad that she is helping Jesus in Heaven now. =) (You know we Mothers cannot just sit still and do nothing, so I'm sure she has found something to do. =) I trust that you had a wonderful Mother's day with your sweet family.
You asked what kind of weather we are having...Bogota normally has 2 seasons during the year...RAIN season and DRYER season...but since we are 9,000 ft. above sea level and live near the mountains (and both of our churches are IN THE MOUNTAINS) we almost always wear a sweater or at least have a jacket with us...for it's nice, but chilly here. Our house is made out of concrete with NO I normally have a sweater or coat on in my home too. I've always been one to get cold easy. =)
Have a great day in Jesus...touching and molding your 5 precious children for Jesus.
Love, Heather =)

Kimberly said...

Patty..this was beautiful, and I had actually wondered if writing about your Mom would be too difficult...I understand that.
Thankful she has no more suffering!! Blessings and glad the cobbler turned out good!!

Martha C said...

Beautifully written! I loved your mother very much, too.

poke said...

Tears came to my eyes as I read your blog. Your mother truly was one of the most postive, Christian influences on my life!!! Outside my family She and Sis.Glick were the most positive women in my life. I loved her dearly and she is missed. She always believed in me and always seemed concerned about my life.

Anonymous said...

That was beautifully written. You must be a lot like your mother. Thanks for sharing.


LaDonna said...

Patty, I enjoyed reading this post about your mother. She was a WONDERFUL woman and I am so glad I got to know her during my days at UBC. You left you and your siblings a great legacy!

Peggy B. said...

Patty: I too loved your Momma dearly. She was a very special lady. Always enjoyed chatting with her while we were on nursery duty on Sunday mornings.