Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to My Mother

Happy Mother's Day to my mother.

She began life as an only child born to parents who were both 40 when she was born.

She grew up in the small mountain town of Woodland Park.
Her mother, a seamstress and a milliner made her beautiful clothes such as this hat and coat all throughout her life.

Mother with her pet hen
She had many adventures with her friends.

Mother and her friends on a camping trip

 When my mother graduated form high school, her mother made this dress and hat for the occasion.
Mother said it was made of dotted swiss.

My Mother on Graduation Day

Mother's Graduation Portrait
After my parents were married,
and after my father came home from World War II,
they bought a home in Colorado Springs.
This was my childhood home.

Easter Sunday
Daddy, Mother, holding Carol
Rell & Sally
Mother taught us much about life.
She taught us how to cook, clean, and sew.
She read to us.
She taught us to see the beauty of the world around us through an artist's eye
She played dolls with us, and I even remember her playing hopscotch with us.
She went fishing with our dad.
She planted gardens.
She even could help our dad remodel houses.
She was the one who did the painting because she was very particular about how a room was painted.
(She made the dress she is wearing below, and of course she made our nightgowns also.)
Mother reading to me and my sister
 My mother is a beautiful woman.
She has never lost her sense of style.
I see in the photo below that she has earrings on that she made one year.
I can faintly see the Christmas tree that she hand painted on ceramic before firing them in her little oven.

She only got more beautiful with age.

She is an expert gardener.  These blooms are nearly bigger than she is.

Mother is an artist.
Here is only one of her wonderful paintings.
It is of the Colorado Monument which you can see from her back porch.
This was my father's favorite view.  She painted this for him.

Mother continues to cook her own meals even to this day.

Six years ago, we as a family all gathered to celebrate her 90th birthday.
Here she is surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mother is still going strong.
In the photo below, she and I are standing in a peach orchard near her home.
This photo was taken last summer when mother was 95.
She still lives on her own and is very involved in life.
Her blood pressure, pulse rate, and cholesterol are better than mine!
She will be 96 later this month.

She is a woman of great faith.
Her trust is in the Lord.
She is an inspiration to all who know her.
In the photo below, she is reading a scripture passage to her family on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Happy Mother's Day, Mother.  
I am so blessed to have you in my life.


Linda Reeder said...

Your mother is truly a remarkable person. How wonderful that she has maintained such good health and continued independence for so many years.

laurie said...

what a beautiful tribute to a wondeful woman, so talented!Thankyou for sharing this beautiful post!

DJan said...

What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful person, Sally. You are indeed blessed. I love the pictures of her progression through her life. And that picture of the dotted swiss dress for her graduation, it's exquisite! Thank you for sharing your wonderful mother with me. Blessings to all mothers today, those here, and those who have passed on. :-)

Beth said...

This is a beautiful tribute to your mother! It brought tears to my eyes. I enjoyed the pictures of her through the years and it made me miss my mom so much. I hope your mother is with you for many more Mother's Days.

rosaria williams said...

A wonderful tribute to a beautiful mother. Happy Day, Sally.

Jean said...

WOW! And I say that to your mother, for her remarkable talents and outlook, and to you, for this beautiful tribute to her. Lovely photos, too.

Grandmother said...

Bless her heart! I love her clothes and how elegant she looked in them. You're right- she's lovely. Happy Mother's Day!

Joanne said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. She is so beautiful!!! I wish I could sew a dress like the one she wore to her graduation...what a gorgeous dress!
Have a beautiful day Sally.
Happy Mother's day!
Blessings, Joanne

Jeanie said...

Sally, your mother is absolutely beautiful -- what a wonderful post! It's good to be back -- much to check up on!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Your mother is so talented, strong, and beautiful! Living on her own at 96 is quite a triumph. And you, of course, look very much like her. Lovely tribute to a lovely woman from her lovely daughter.

Tracy said...

What a truly wonderfultribute! What a great lady with many talents and skills who obviously passed them on to you. I love the photo of your mother in her graduation dress...wonderful!

Sightings said...

Nice tribute to your very stylish mother. And ... cool car!

Thisisme. said...

Oh Sally, this is truly such a beautiful tribute to your dear mum on Mothers Day. Wow! I can't believe that she is 96, and still living on her own and cooking her own meals. Absolutely incredible, and she is still looking so elegant! I love the photo of her reading the scriptures. What a beautiful painting, and imagine having that view from your back porch. WOnderful! The photo of her in her Graduation dress is so beautiful and elegant. Loved this post my friend!

Nat said...

Your mom sounds like an amazing woman and a true inspiration to you! A beautiful tribute post and I really enjoyed all the photos :-)

Isabelle said...

She is indeed a beautiful woman, and remarkable for 96. Wow.

Mage said...

What a wonderful mom. Thanks for sharing so much of her life with us all.

Mage said...

What a lovely magic mom you have. :)

Arkansas Patti said...

What a lovely, amazing and talented woman your mother is. You are so lucky to have such a gem in your life.

Chatty Crone said...

Wow what a sweet mother you have and you still have her at 96 - she is blessed with you and you with her!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Love, sandie

Olga said...

A beautiful post. (You realize that you have some amazing genes, right?)I hope you had a happy mother's day.

Jackie said...

You've written this in such a special way that I feel that I know your Mother. I love her through you, Sally. She's a precious and beautiful lady.
Give her a hug from me.
You are both blessed.

Maggie May said...

Your mother is really talented and has always been a good looking lady. You love her dearly, that much is obvious. A lovely post.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Sandi said...

What a marvelous post, and delightful gift to your blogging friends! I loved the photos from different stages in her life. As a seamstress myself I particularly enjoyed the photos of outfits. Stunning!

That painting is absolutely spectacular!

What a legacy she has built!

Many blessings to you both!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Oh my goodness, the photograph of your mother on her graduation day is absolutely stunning. She is incredibly beautiful indeed.

A lovely tribute.
CJ x

Linda said...

Hi Sally,

This is a wonder filled (yes...wonder filled) tribute to your mother. Your mother and I have somewhat in common. I, too, am an only child and my mother was 40 when I was born. This is a fantastic post, thank you so much for sharing.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, Sally, this post brought happy tears to my eyes. What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful lady. Please send along some Happy Birthday wishes from me when the big day comes.

Thanks for writing this post! Hope that you had a Happy Mother's Day too.

Kathy M.

Claudia said...

Your mom is amazing! I hope I am as self-sufficient and healthy as she is when I am her age. She sounds like an absolutely terrific person. You've written a lovely tribute to her.


Lynilu said...

Wonderful post. I can't tell you how much I miss my mother. Cherish every moment, RET. :)

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

What a lovely post and Mother that you shared with us. I loved reading this and what a blessing she still lives an independent good life.
She really is a beautiful woman and I can see that the apple does not fall far from the tree as well.
So glad I came by tonight.
Belated Happy Mother's Day to you dear friend

momto8blog said...

this is such a beautiful story of you r mother...beautiful. she looks wonderful. you are so blessed to have each other!!
i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
great family picture too!

LC said...

A beautifully crafted insight into the character of a remarkable lady and into your family roots. Yes, she is a blessing. I am so glad you all appreciate and cherish her.

Kay said...

Oh wow, Sally! This is such a fantastic post. I am in such awe of your mom. Now I see where you inherited all your wonderfulness, your stamina, your spirit from. She was and is an incredibly beautiful lady.