Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Today I want to pay tribute to my mother and my mother-in-law.
Here is a picture of my parents with my son Steve,taken in the fall 1973.
Mom was a hard working woman.She did  not like idleness.
Even when we were not working she like to see my sister and me doing some creative handwork,like knitting,embroidery or crocheting.I guess that is why today I have a hard time just sitting and doing nothing.Mom loved her gardens and produced great crops,that saw us through many a winter.
One of the joys of her life was sending visitors home with armloads of garden produce.
Mom was also a very good seamstress.She sewed all our clothes,and also sewed for others.
This brought her some much needed extra cash,and gave her a sense of pride.

The next picture is at our wedding on June 2,1972.
This is my mother and mother-in-law.
My Mom sewed all the clothes you see here,including my wedding dress.Mother-in-law was a step-mother to Jake,but filled the role of Mother very well.
I have been blessed to have wonderful role models in my life,including Jake's second stepmother,who I don't have a picture of on the computer.
Check out those silver shoes of mine.
All of these women have moved on to glory,Annie,my Mother-in-law in the lilac,was the first to go,after a lengthy illness.My Mom had bowel cancer and after 9 months of intense suffering was released to join her in Heaven.
I still have the other mother-in-law,but Alzheimer's has robbed her of all memory,she is now in a care home.
I pray that I will be able to leave at least as good a legacy for my son as these women have left for me.

30 comments:

  1. Happy Mother's Day Ruth! Thank you for your comments on my blog as soon as I started blogging again. So many changes in my life I just can't seem to keep up. I probably won't be commenting much but be assured I still look at your beautiful blog and your wonderful pictures. I am sure they are a blessing to many including me. Have a blessed day!

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  2. Hello Ruth, wonderful memories and photos of your MOM and MIL. I wish you a very Happy Mother's Day!

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  3. Wonderful tribute to the mothers in your life, Ruth. Your mother was such a talented woman!

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  4. you were blessed to have these lovely women in your life! that first photo is straight out of Norman Rockwell's playbook. :)

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  5. Wonderful sentiment, Ruth. Our parents/role models had serious business to attend to. It seemed there was little time left for pleasure since there was so much to do. They did it all: besides the general chores of cooking and cleaning and raising the family, they made the cloths, rugs... I still remember learning to sew on my grandmother's treadle machine.

    The dresses are beautifully done.. I can attest to that. ;) I hope you are enjoying this wonderful Mother's Day weekend.

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  6. I read the story of my mother when I read this post for everything you wrote sounded so much like mother. Maybe they made the women different back then. I know my mom worked hard to keep us in food and patches on the clothes we wore.

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  7. A great tribute to the wonderful moms that helped to shape who you are! Such a blessing from the Lord - which no doubt is part of the wonderful legacy you are putting together! God bless!

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  8. Happy Mother's Day Ruth! What precious memories days like today bring to all of us. What a talent to be able to sew like that - those clothes are so beautiful - and your flowers so wonderful looking! (and I do love the silver shoes!!)

    Today I am thanking God for all the Godly women in my life (you included!) - and the ones who came before them - to help shape and mold them into the women they are today. I just pray I can be the model my kids need - and one day they can look back and know for sure I did my best - with God's help.

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  9. I love that pink dress and apron in the first picture, and your son is just too cute!! Your mom was an amazing seamstress!! As I look at these clothes, and that lacy two part dress, wow!! And everything fits just perfectly. Why both our moms had to suffer, we don't know, but are glad they are at peace now. One of the hardest things about getting old is watching our loved ones pass away. This is a lovely tribute, Ruth. I hope you have a lovely and peaceful day.

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  10. Ruth, I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!
    All my best to you!

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  11. Happy Mother's day Ruth.
    Wonderful story about your Mom. What a super lady she must have been. I love hearing about the lives of our parents. They were amazing folks!
    B.

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  12. Happy Mother's Day to you too, Ruth. What a lovely tribute to the mothers in your life. Just from knowing you through your blog I feel sure your legacy will be every bit as good for your son.

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  13. ruth everything you said in the first paragraph could have been written about my mother, she canned and did vegetables and sewed our clothes and did all the embroidery and crochet, no knitting. but she hated housework, so i did that. she tried to get me to do the handwork and i put up such a fuss, she let me do the housework and she did the things i disliked. fond memories. happy mothers day

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  14. Love your sweet memories and those photos of your mom and MIL are very beautiful!

    thanks for sharing a part of your life...such a precious one!

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  15. Hi Ruth,
    You have some great memories! We all wore hats,gloves and high heels back in those days! And lots of us sewed our own clothes, too. (I may have to resort to that again if I don't find a store that sells clothes for women over 50:-)

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  16. I hope your day has gone well, Ruth. Our mother's left us such legacies in so many different ways.

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  17. Happy Mother's Day to you!

    What beautiful tribute's to the mother's in your life.

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  18. Lovely tribute to the mothers in your life Ruth. I hope you had a wonderful day. Diane

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  19. Happy Mother's Day, Ruth. What a nice tribute--weren't our Mothers "super women" who could do just about everything and were always the most "saintly" women in the world (I know my Mother was). Have a great week. Mickie :)

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  20. Happy Mother's Day Ruth...What special memories...and your pictures are priceless...Things were just so much different back in the good ol' days. Thanks for sharing this time of your life with us today..
    Hope your evening is all you want it to be...
    Shug

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  21. This is such a loving tribute to the women role models in your life. It was a different time then and required a hardiness that our current cultural climate doesn't. I don't believe I could step into their shoes and accomplish what they did. And I don't think I'm alone. Thank you for this post. And Steve was adorable!

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  22. This is a lovely post, a very inspiring read. Your description of your mother and her work habits remind me of my grandmother. Gram never sat still, she was always busy, she did not believe in idle hands. she was a knitter and a qult maker and she dedicated much of her time to the church. Gram could knit in the dark, One of my brothers would turn out the lights to listen to her knitting needles needles click together. Gram wouldn't drop a stitch. I never thought to post about Gram yesterday.
    Its nice that you have had a hummingbird drop by

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  23. A lovely tribute to the mothers in your life. That first photo is just wonderful. I hope you had a fine Mother's Day.

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  24. I'm impressed with your Mother's sewing skills and love the cool silver shoes.
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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  25. Happy Mother's Day. I'm sure you will leave a good legacy for you son.

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  26. Wow! Your mom was a very talented seamstress!! What a beautiful post and I love your shoes!!!

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  27. Gorgeous Mother's Day tribute to your Mom (and Mother-in-law), Ruth... Loved seeing the picture of you in your wedding dress.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  28. Your mom was a talented seamstress, I can see, by these 3 perfect dresses. and yes, I do like those silver shoes too.

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  29. what a wonderful post and tribute to your mothers. My mother was a good seamstress, too and made my wedding dress....which was also short like yours :-) I remember arguing with my dad about how short it could be. Being the 70's that topic came up a lot.

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