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.