Saturday, May 10, 2008

My Three Mothers

The rosebush in the picture today was given to me a few years ago by my stepmom. She has several at her house and rooted a limb for me. Just something about this old-timey rose bush reminds me of Mother's Day. I want to share with you today a little something I wrote for Mother's Day back in 2000 when I was writing a monthly column for a local Christian publication. It gives you just a small glimpse of the three wonderful mothers I have been privileged to have.

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Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31: 10

I'd like to tell you about my three mothers. The Mother that brought me into the world was with me for only sixteen years. Then she went home to be with the Lord. But during the years she was with me, she taught me many things about the Christian life. She was the best Christian woman I ever knew. In fact, I believe that many of the blessings I enjoy today as an adult are the direct result of some of the prayers she prayed for me when she was alive.

She was an old-fashioned person. She had old-fashioned values and an old-fashioned faith in God. She was always telling me things like, "Pretty is as pretty does" and "Two wrongs don't make a right". She taught me by example to be honest, thrifty, and kind. She taught me how to sew Barbie clothes and, eventually , my own clothes. My Mama was the anchor in my life and when she died in March of the year that I was sixteen, I didn't know how I could go on with my life. Only by the grace of God did I struggle through the next few years. "She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." Proverbs 31: 26

When I was nineteen, I got married. Then my new mother-in-law became my "second mama". She taught me to garden and to can vegetables. I had never done any of that because I grew up in town. She was one of the very best cooks I have ever known. We would get together when the garden came in and can two or three canners full of vegetable soup. Then she would give me half of all we had canned and keep the other half for her and her husband. But the funny thing was that I always got the half that was just not quite as good as the half she kept. :) We could eat it at her house and it was the most delicious soup I had ever put in my mouth. I could eat some of the same batch at my house and for some reason it just didn't taste the same. She just had that special touch. I have missed her the past twenty-plus years that she has been with the Lord. "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31: 27

The year after I got married my widowed Daddy remarried. My new step-mom became my "third Mama". She has been such a blessing to me over the years and still is. God surely must have wanted to give my Daddy a special blessing when He gave my step-mom to him for a helpmeet. She has shown me how to enjoy life. Whether she is cooking for a crowd, fishing for crappie, taking a walk or pulling weeds in the flower bed, she is enjoying every minute of it. "Her children arise up, and call her blessed: her husband also, and he praiseth her." Proverbs 31: 28

I truly count myself as blessed for having three of the best Mothers a person could have. Each one of them had/have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and because of that I know I will never really lose them!

"Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31: 30

I hope each of you mothers reading this have a happy and a blessed Mother's Day!

God bless you....

Marilyn

5 comments:

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Marilyn:
Something you said about your 1st mom made me think of my mother. Your reference to Barbie clothes.

My mom made us Barbie furniture out of just about anything...Quaker Oat canisters turned into fabulous chairs, large match boxes into baby bed. You get the picture.

I'm so thankful to still have my mom with me. We spent the day together yesterday, eating lunch and going to her favorite bookstore. She lives about an hour away and I try to get together with her every few weeks.

There is so much about her I cherish, but today I'm reminded of the little things that have meant so much...

Like the times when she fixed macaroni and cheese, and I always got the extras.

Happy Mother's Day. Be blessed.

~elaine

Deborah said...

That was so beautiful, marilyn! Than you for sharing your three moms.

Leah said...

Marilyn,

These are all great posts. I had read the coffee filter one before when you sent it to me via email and I kept it.

I have a wonderful mother and am so blessed.

I finally figured out why the line breaks were not in my posts. I'll email you and tell you how to check later. Happy Mother's Day!!

Leah

De'on Miller said...

This is such a beautiful post and what awesome photos you share here.

My mom and paternal grandmother sewed and sewed to make us Barbie clothes. They made our clothes so much of the time and I was so glad when they quit dressing us alike.

You are truly blessed and it shows in your writing and the photos of your home and lunch box for B. and it sure shows in the beautiful family you've been blessed with.

God is so good and I'm grateful for the women in my life. You are certainly not my mother but have shown your love for me in so many ways.

If it's never too late to say Happy Mother's Day, then I want to wish you one now and all the days of your life.

Now let me see if I can get the little code in. I don't know why I have to do it 2 or 3 times before I get it right;)

Keep the inspiring and often funny posts coming. And for sure, the photos of a part of this land of the free I've never visited.

The sweet green of spring has finally reached us somewhat with a couple of good rains in the past three days. It had a lot to make it through with all the dry winds that this part of NM deals with in April and May.

Much love!

Lisa said...

Hi Aunt Marilyn. I loved this post of "My Three Mothers". I always thought it was your mother who taught you to cook like you do :) I didn't know it was Uncle Benny's mom.

Love reading your blogs & love you;
Lisa