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.
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.