On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Betty Jean

My Mother

A sweet, simple, naive, kind, gentle, loving woman.
So many adjectives to describe her. My Mama.
 
She was teacher, defender, the one who made lots of sacrifices for my sister, brother and me.
She spent hours making our clothes, cooking, doing backbreaking work under poor conditions without the conveniences we now have.
She could stretttcccchhhh a dollar, as they say!
 
I can honestly tell you I never heard my mother complain.

She literally rescued me from our burning house
when I was a baby.
 
 In my life, I strayed many times.
What she taught me about Jesus brought me back to the right path.
Her examples of prayer and faith,
faithfulness and loyalty stand out in my memory.
 
What others said about her?
She always had a smile and a kind word for others.
She had a reputation for never gossipping.
 
(She did have a sneaky side, though! ;-)
We found out one of the funny things she did sometimes was pull out our
roller skates after we had gone to school ... and skate on the driveway!!!
We found that hilarious.)
 
Selfish kids we are when we are young.
I remember at the end of the day,
all she asked from us was for someone to rub her feet.
(Wah, we didn't always "feel" like doing that.)
 
She passed away 25 years ago after one of the most courageous fights
against cancer I ever witnessed.
How I miss her. It would be a privilege to be able to rub her feet again.
 
The joy of her life in her last years were her grandchildren.
It was a disappointment to us that she did not get to see them grow up.
 
Have I made her sound too perfect?
She wasn't.
But she was the perfect Mom for me.
I look forward to seeing her again one day.
February 19,1931 - August 28,1987

11 comments:

  1. oh my gosh what a beautiful post and a tribute to a beautiful woman

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  2. What a great tribute to a wonderful mother. I miss my mother too. sandie

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  3. How lucky you are to have had such a wonderful Mom. I can tell you miss her terribly- Blessings-xo Diana

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  4. What a loving and sweet tribute to your precious mother!!! That was a beautiful post, enjoyed reading it! Thank you for sharing with us!!!

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  5. Oh Nonnie...I had to cry ~ This is simply beautiful. When God made mother's, I think he cut your's and mine from the same cloth. My Mom fought the cancer battle without complaining, and has been in heaven 20 years.

    Thank you for sharing yours, and reminding me of mine.

    Love and Hugs coming you way today.

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  6. I miss my mommy too. No matter how we get, we never out grow the need for our mothers. Smiles to all, Susie

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  7. Nonnie what a beautiful post and tribute to your Mom!!
    I nearly fell out of my chair at the visual of her skating on your drive way. My mom tells stories of learning to skate in their basement. It wasn't very big, she was the baby of 7. The older kids tied the skates on her feet and pushed her back and forth across the cement floor until she got the hang of it. I loved roller skating as a child. Parents are our biggest fans and defenders.
    Hugs Madi and Mom

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  8. Beautiful piece. I lost my mom in February. It's been a tough gig.
    R

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  9. What a lovely tribute to your Mom. It's amazing how we keep our parents so close to our hearts...and how much they are missed everyday. I'm blessed to still have my Mom but my Dad was 56 when I lost him and I think of him everyday...Your Mom was so young too. Sounds like you have many wonderful stories and memories of a good Mom...

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  10. Nonnie, what sweet words straight from you heart about your Mother. She lives on in you and your siblings. I had to smile thinking of her roller skating when you kids were gone, that had to be fun!

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  11. She was as perfect as a mother who loved with all her heart and was loved back in equal measure could be - God blessed her with you, and God blessed you with her. How wonderful! Thank you for sharing these memories - so many resonated with me, and the one about the roller skates made me grin.

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