One of a kind mothers & Happy Mother’s Day

 

 MOTHERS DAY

As Mother’s Day is approaching, I find it fitting I talk about some special mothers.

Maw

My grandmothers had hearts of a servant.  My Mamaw could not sit & enjoy much of anything when it came to meal time.  Meal time was her time to shine.  She was a wonderful cook.  When you were at her house, you were her guest.  And let me tell you, she was not going to have her guest WANT for anything.  She was just not that kind of hostess.  When we ate, she would sit beside my Papaw.  There she was at the best angle to hop up & get anything you would need.  If you needed a spoon, she could hop up & be at the silverware drawer in an instant.  If you needed more sweet tea, the jug was on the counter right behind her.  She thoroughly enjoyed serving her family & friends.  Not just at mealtime, but whatever we needed, she was there with helping hands.  She sewed for us, she gardened, she made quilts, so that we could keep warm in the winter, she tended to chickens, cows, and the occasional dog or cat.  Most importantly, she tended to people.  She kept her grandchildren during the summer & after school.  And any other time in between.  She visited & sat with people who were sick.  Thank the Good Lord my Papaw passed on before her.  He would have been completely useless without her.  She did everything for him.  When he worked at the TVA, she got up every morning & made him biscuits, eggs, & some sort of porkish meat.  These weren’t my beloved frozen biscuits or canned biscuits.  These were the real deal.  Every day.  When my Mama got so sick, she came & sat with her every day.  She cooked, cleaned, & took care of Mama until Mamaw passed away suddenly one night in her sleep.  That’s just who she was.  A wonderful Christian servant at heart.

Mama Boyce

My Mama Boyce was also a true servant.  She had 10 children.  She pretty much lived for her family.  She cooked & cleaned & took care of chickens, dogs, cats, & what have you.  She gardened like nobody’s business.  This little lady had a green thumb if I’ve ever seen one. She had the most beautiful roses I’d ever seen.  To this day, I tell you, I’ve never seen one as pretty.  She loved flowers & plants.  She cooked the best green beans I have ever put in my mouth.  She enjoyed having us at her house.  She took such good care of us.  Sometimes to a fault.  I can remember being young & getting in trouble for sitting in the living room calling to her to bring me a drink or a peanut butter & jelly sandwich or whatever it was my little heart desired.  My daddy told me my grandmother was NOT there to wait on me hand & foot. That I should get up & get what I needed for myself.  Funny how he would have even known about this behavior except I probably made my brother mad & he spilled the beans about my bossy pants.  She kept her house spotless.  She was always willing to help others, just like it was her job.  She was so humble, too.  That only comes from the heart of a servant.

Luke 22:27 says

27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.

Joshua made sure he served the right One.

Joshua 24:15

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 

Jesus had no trouble telling the devil Who to serve:

Matthew 4:10

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

Growing up,  I am so blessed to have had faithful women around me.  My Mama, Mamaw, Mama Boyce, & mother in law all served a great God.   They laid the foundation for our family.  They are the reasons I do a lot of the things I do today.  They taught me how to treat others.  They taught me how to handle difficulties in life.  By their examples, they taught me how to be a good wife & mother.  Because they were the BEST.  All of the before mentioned have passed on.  If your mother, grandmother or someone who was like a mother or grandmother to you is still with you, be sure to let them know you love them.  Not just on Mother’s Day, but as often as you can.  I know they will be so glad you did.  AND let us not forget those who are “motherless” on Mother’s Day.  That can prove to be a tough day.  A kind word to those of us can be deeply appreciated as well.

Mama I

I hope you have a blessed day today.  I am so thankful you dropped by.  What will you be doing this Mother’s Day weekend?  We will have kids & grandkids over.  When they are around, the interesting level at my house hits an all time high.  It is always a fun time!  Until then, I will be going, because I should be washing clothes.

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Mother’s Day

Sunday is Mother’s Day.  A time to honor our mothers.  For those of us, who’s mothers are passed away, it sometimes can be a difficult time.  I have so many fond memories of my mother.  I don’t want to make you cry, like Bubba Watson did, when he won the Masters.  But if you saw it, who was the 1st one out to him once he made that last putt?  His mama.  He hugged her & bawled like a baby.  I can appreciate that.  I loved my Mama like that.  That’s why I suppose Mother’s Day can be so hard. Because I do miss her just as much now, as when she passed away.

I have been fortunate to have been loved by many mothers.  My own, of course, but my Mamaw, my Mama B., special aunts, & my mother in law.  All these wonderful ladies were & are strong women.  They taught me how to love my kids & other kids, too.  They gave me values, & taught me how to act. They made sure I did not shame my family by leaving home, without knowing how to cook.  They went to church, they loved their neighbors, they took meals to the sick, shut in & those that lost family members. They gave spankings & hugs.  They feared God. They have all been fine examples of what a wonderful Southern mother should be.

In Proverbs it tells of a virtuous woman.  It says:

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman?  For her worth is far above rubies.

In the following verses it tells what she does:

    1. She is good to her husband.
    2. She works.
    1. She provides food for whoever is in her house.
    1. She strengthens herself.
    1. She helps the poor.
    1. She speaks words with wisdom.
    2. She watches over her household & is not idle.
    3. She has her children & husband’s respect.

v.30       She fears God.

This is a terrific description that we should try to live by.  The ladies that I have spoken of above have conquered this list.  My prayer is that every lady strives to be as the virtuous woman.  It makes our houses much better to live in.  It brings happiness to our lives & the lives of others.  We should respect others & respect ourselves.  We should practice peace & love toward others.  The attitudes we cultivate can have a powerful effect on others.  Ask God to help you find reasons to rejoice instead of complain.  Respond to difficult situations with calm faith & trust God’s will.

May 24th, 2012 will mark 10 years since my Mama has passed away.  She was a remarkable woman.  I only pray that I can carry on the way she & my other female influences have taught me.  The author Rick Bragg said in a Southern Living article, “You never outgrow the need for your mother’s love.”  Whether you are a mother, grandmother, aunt, or friend, make a way to show that special mother like love to others.  If your mother is still living, please make an effort to see or talk to her this Mother’s Day.  I know she will be glad you did.  Happy Mother’s Day to all!

I hope you have enjoyed this post . Maybe it has inspired you in some way.   I would love to write more, but right now I have to go, because I should be washing clothes……

           Me & Mama when I was about 6 years old