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Many times after working all day, Mama's head hardly hit the pillow, when she jumped up to care for a crying baby.  Sometimes she stayed awake all night.  Her child came first.

Mama sacrificed a lot for our family.  Many times she gave her Baby Ruth candy bar to one of us kids, claimed she didn't want it.

She also ordered us to rest under the shade of the old oak tree when we worked in the garden.  We dug dirt, snapped beans, shelled peas, and shucked corn--the fruits of our labor on the farm.

I recall often when I washed the dishes, Mama said, "Let me have that cloth!  I'll wash the dishes.  Do your homework."

Additionally, Mama made my sister and me clothes on the treadle sewing machine.  I asked why she didn't make herself a new dress.

"Oh, I don't need a new dress.  I want you girls to look pretty," she said and her cornflower blue eyes sparkled.

Mama demonstrated the love of God by caring for our family.  She worked hard.

One of her favorite sayings was:  "You need to put a little love into your work."

Now Mama's hair is white as apple blossoms, and when she smiles, it's like the fragrance of roses wrapping everyone around her.  She's a mother figure to many people at our church, and to our community.  Her love has never failed me.

A mother's love is something that no one can explain.  Only God could fashion a mother's love.

I wish all my blogger friends a very Happy Mother's Day!


Betsy Adams said…
What a beautiful photo of your mother, Brenda. She's a beautiful woman... I lost my mother in 1991 --and still miss her so much.

Since I've been working on Family History, I miss Mama even more---since she could help me with all of this info!!!! Why didn't I take time to ask her back then????? Oh Well---I'll just keep plugging along.

Happy Mother's Day, Brenda.
Brenda, that is so beautiful a tribute to your beautiful mother! A true mother does do all those things. My mother told us for years that she didn't like milk so that there would be more for us kids. We didn't learn till later that she did indeed enjoy milk as much as we did. God bless the mothers everywhere!
Susie Swanson said…
What a sweet and beautiful mother you have Brenda.. Inside and out. Mothers are angels that lift us when we can not fly.. I love this beautiful tribute to your mother. It brought tears to my eyes. Happy Mother's Day to you and your mother.
Daisy said…
What lovely sentiments and a very sweet tribute to your wonderful mother! Happy Mother's Day to you too, Brenda. :-)
Paula Fraker said…
Awwww... such precious memories, Brenda! Your mother sounds like such a wonderful and caring woman. Hugs to you and her for Mother's Day!
lil red hen said…
Rarely do blog posts touch my emotions, but this stirred something deep inside me. Seeing your lovely mother, and reading your words of love about her, brought to mind my own wonderful mother, who I lost in 1987. Thank you for this.
Carol Kilgore said…
Your mother is beautiful!
Happy Mother's Day to you, too.
Maple Lane said…
Your Mother is a beautiful woman and this is a heartwarming tribute to her. Blessings to you both.
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Janet, said…
What a wonderful mother you had. There is nothing like a mother's love. I love her picture.
Your words brought tears to my eyes! Such a loving tribute!
Rana W. said…
Hi Brenda,

I enjoyed this story, very nice. Your Mother seems like a great person.

I just heard I am going to be published again. This time in the "Red River Review".

I was happy with my prize for this year's contest in Clay County, but I plan on doing better next year. Both with poetry and with speaking.

Your friend,

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