Sunday, May 09, 2010

Sunday thoughts

I have been blessed with such great examples of mothers and womanhood in my life. From my grandmother to my own mother to my Aunt Denise, my Aunt Linda, my cousins, my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law to my sweet sister, I have been abundantly blessed.

I have been given tutelage of the best kind by observing and learning from the wonderful women in my family – in the homemaking arts, style, self-improvement, education, forgiveness, unconditional love, patience, service, support, integrity, obedience, and striving to be more Christlike.

I have never been more aware of or more grateful for these women and all that they have taught me than I am on this Mother's Day.

I was motivated by words of wisdom about motherhood that I heard at Women's Conference:
  • It is a child's natural instinct to learn from her mother. There is nothing more lasting or powerful than a mother's example and training.
  • Every word that she speaks, every act, her every attitude and response affects her children.
  • A mother can teach by example that the home is the most important place on earth, worth our every effort.
  • What a blessing it is to have children who want to be with each other, and grandchildren who want to be with their parents and grandparents.

I can't seem to stop thinking about this beautiful quote that my mother shared with us as we were gathered around Grandma's hospice bed:

"How much of my delight in all beautiful things, is due to her influence, I can never tell. There is not a talent, or a joy, or an aspiration in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch". – Helen Keller

I love you, Mom.

I love all of you phenomenal women who have so profoundly influenced me for the better.

I have oh so much to live up to.


patsy said...

Happy Mother's Day-
You have such a wonderful legacy of women in your family!

thanks for sharing

jt said...

I agree with all that you said. After I read it the first time (among 3, I think-) I thought, "We're Awesome!!!" It doesn't sound quite right out of my head, but I just felt so grateful to be a part of this family. I am often awed by it and by the associations I get to keep. We are certainly lucky to be among such fine examples and friends, you among them. This Mother's Day certainly has special significance for me as well. Love you!

crystal said...

Haha! I love Jessie's comment: "We're Awesome!" Really, though, shouldn't every woman feel that way about her family? Her sisters, mother, aunts, cousins & grandmother?

You ARE awesome!

Michelle said...

I love the picture of your Mom and Grandmother - poignant!

I'm with are awesome!

Jill said...

I am always envious of the sisterhood the women of your family share. I feel fortunate to have witnessed first and second hand many times and am doing what I can to learn from it.

charlotte said...

I love this. I love the sisterhood we all share and how we all learn and grow from one another. What a blessing our family is.

Price Cream Parlor said...

You are so fortunate to have such great photos of these important women in your life! This inspired me to make sure I do that!!!
How beautiful each one of you are!!

How blessed you are to be surrounded my such phenomenal women! Women that you admire, trust and look up to. THAT in itself is a GIFT!!!

Melinda said...

You really do have an amazing circle of woman around you. It is what I wish I had so desperately. I hope you had a great mothers day.

Eva's party turned out so darn cute! I love all of the games you came up with. If Ry ever gets into it I am copying!

jenn said...

There are things I envy about the strength and talents the women in your family have, but I need to remember that although we are not as stylish, creative or talented in the kitchen, I have found myself feeling that "We're awesome" too. Family is a wonderful gift and I find hope that God meant for me to be part of my family.

Happy Mother's Day Michelle.

Claudissima said...

sooo endearing....what wonderful legacy you have...i think you are a wonderful mother and wish you a belated one! hope it was good!

emily said...

I echo your closing sentiment. I really loved this Mother's Day. The day filled me with gratitude. We are so blessed to live our lives amidst the examples and support of so many beautiful, Christlike, exemplary women.

rebekah said...

I love multi-generational photos of women. I've always wanted the chance to be a matriarch. Too bad, I guess.

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