Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

It's hard to find the words to say how much I miss my mom.
She left us far too early.
I'm sure that I didn't tell her often enough how very
thankful I was to her.
But, because she was a Mother, she knew.
Here she is, age five, with her favorite flowers - Peonies.
I don't know where this picture is, probably Illinois,
where she grew up. We also had them at our
house in Magna, UT, other places the climate wouldn't
support them. But she loved them.
Mom with her parents Frank and Jessie White, and her brother Larry.

I don't know if this one above is before my parents married?

I believe so, though.

February 1969 - I was age 2 - my parents had been married

not quite 5 years, with 3 kids 3 and under. I don't know how she did it!

Somewhere along the road, my mom started wearing flowers

in her hair. She had a little drawer with all different colors

of silk flowers, and an abundance of bobby pins to put them

in her hair. Mom & Dad came to visit us in Oregon - we moved there

shortly after Brennan was born. I know it was tough for

them for us to be away - but we made some great memories when

they came to visit. Mom's parents left Arizona in April every

year, and went to Canby Oregon with their trailer, and parked

it on the land of some friends. We went to visit them

this particular summer , and stopped at a roadside market

for fruits and Vegetables, and to see goats that climb in the trees!

I could go on and on with stories about my mom. She was

a wonderful woman, who loved Jesus Christ and wanted to

share her testimony with anyone she met. She loved her children

and grandchildren, and read to them whenever she could. She also loved her

heritage - she loved to do family history, and was thrilled to go to

the Netherlands - place of her mother's birth, in 2004.

A year or so ago, I ran into some friends of my parents at a

bookstore, and Elaine said that I reminded her of my mom.

That was one of the greatest compliments I ever received.

I miss her so.


Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,

This is your cousin-in-law (I guess I'm called that). I was on Facebook for a while, but decided to not do it. I'm Mark's cousin. I found your blog through Kaja's blog. This is a nice tribute to your mom. You look so much like her! Mothers are the most fantastic thing in the world and I am so grateful to now be one myself.

Taunya Brown Boes

Sassy said...

She knows.......

What a beautiful woman she was and your Grandma is a very beautiful woman as well....

I love peonies....absolutely one of my favorites! And I ♥ that she wore flowers in her hair...Did she clear up until she left? I loved them!

Mom2BJM(Amy) said...

No Kayola - at one point several years ago, she decided she was done wearing the flowers, and just stopped. But it was her trademark kind of for a very long time.

Puffy said...

I like the flowers in the hair trademark. She sounds like a gem of a woman.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mom Amy. *hugs*

Tummy said...

Hugs Amy - this was a heartwarming rememberance.