Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mother's Day: Remembering My Mom

This Mother's Day will be very bitter-sweet for me. Bitter since it is the first one since my Mom died and sweet because I am finally a Mom myself. The one year mark of her death is fast approaching and I am still grieving. I think of her so often and miss her terribly. It is especially hard as my children reach milestones and she is the first one I want to call and tell. I have a journal where I am trying to capture all of my thoughts and feelings of her. I want my kids to know who she was. She was such a part of their lives when they were fist born; we spent the first 8 weeks together. I really treasure the memories I have of that time. My Mom was such an amazing person and if I turn out to be even half the woman she was - then I am doing pretty good. She was kind, loyal, sincere, and curious, a good cook, a gardener, patriotic, spiritual, loved the Lord, accepting, hard working, selfless, creative, loving, strong, honest, loved the country and missed the farm, and loved to spend time with her family camping and playing games. She sacrificed so much to raise her children and take care of her family and often forgot herself in the process. As I have gotten older, my husband has teased me about certain things saying that I am turning into my Mom. And for me that is the highest compliment a girl could ask for.

This was my mother's engagement picture. She was 19.

When the babies were a week old.

She was folding my laundry and playing with the babies. I was probably sleeping!

She loved being a grandma! Here she is holding her first red headed grandbaby.

Holding Dillon.

Holding Lauren.

Holding both!

My parents would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary this November.

I love you Mom!

*For more pictures and stories of Moms check out Lei's blog.


Lei said...

I am sorry for your loss Jeanette! It gets easier, I promise, but I hope you have many happy thoughts of her this particular weekend!

Mike & Sam Berry said...

Cute pictures of the kids with your mom. Such a great idea to journal about her and everything. You are an amazing person yourself! I hope you have a good Mother's Day!

Jeannette said...

Lei - Thank you! It is good to hear from someone who has been there, that it does get better!

Sam - Thank you so much. My husband and I were just talking about how we were glad that we made so many trips to visit. Happy Mother's Day to you too!

runnermonkey said...

I loved this post! I loved your mom. I had never seen a picture of her when she was so young. Lots of great memories came back just looking at all the pics. Hope all is well with you guys!

Sweetpea said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Jeannette. What an amazing woman--I know that your kids will know her, through you, your memories, and the wonderful pictures you took. Happy Mother's Day.

Rachel Jayson and boys :) said...

What a nice tribute to your mom! I am so sorry for your loss. The journal is such a great idea and I know that your kids will truely appreciate it one day. What a treasure! I hope you had a nice Mother's Day!

J & S Hales Family said...

My mom's mom passed away when my mom wasn't even two. Her mother didn't keep a journal, so it is sad that she didn't get to know her and neither did I. I'm so glad you're writing down your memories. I'm sure it is hard, but you'll cherish it. Also, your Elmo cake is amazing! Way to go!

chou said...

My favorite stories about your mom all center around food. She's definitely grandma's daughter. :)

Jeannette said...

Justin - Thanks for you kind words. It is weird to think of my parents being young, I love seeing pictures of them.

Kiertse - Thanks for your sweet words.

Rachel - Thank you! I hope that the journal will help. I know that it has been therapeutic for me just to write in it.

Shelby - Thanks for your encouraging words. And I had fun doing Elmo.

Chou - If you see the trend, lots of my memories are the same. And that would probably go for much of the W family :-)