This post is dedicated to my mom.
My mom was a mother within a year of becoming a wife. By the time she & Daddy celebrated their 10th anniversary, they had just had their 7th child; I came along 6 months after their 11th. She moved to Tn. after living her whole life in Tx., leaving behind her 7 older siblings and her mom & dad. I can't imagine how hard that was for her; they didn't get back to Tx. often, and phones weren't used like they are now. I'm sure there was a lot of letter writing! And, I think she did depend on their next door neighbor...a lot!
Mom kept traditions that she had growing up and then added her own. I've tried to incorporate not only our family traditions, but also some of the family traditions of my husband into our holidays: From the Alleluia Egg at Easter to all of the baking and candy-making at Christmas. She used to make tons of candy for us at Christmas: She'd have it all made by Thanksgiving, then we would come with our tins and fill them up! One year for Christmas she gave each of us the recipes of all of the candy and cookies she made. We all just kind of looked at each other until she dropped the bombshell: She wasn't going to make that much for us anymore! She was pushing us out of the nest and making us fly on our own!
My mom can sew. She used to sew a lot of our clothes. And, not just our clothes, but our dolls' clothes, too! She also used to do some crocheting. She's been taking art classes for a few years, and is doing great with it.
I have no idea how Mom kept her cool with everything that was going on. It seems like she knew (or thought she knew!) where each of us was at all times. She let us fight our own battles, but she stood up for us when she needed to: There was the time that she had to go to court with one of my brothers because he couldn't make it home to use the bathroom (the bathrooms in the park were locked) and he got caught by a policeman. There was also the time when I was in jr. high that she marched into the office and let the administrators know that the school had no business talking to the students (without letting the parents know) about birth control. My mom is a Devout Catholic with a very high moral code. She & my dad did a great job raising all 10 of us: We've all become responsible, productive adults.
My mom has always been there when I needed her. From being there after the birth of the boys, to when I had gallbladder & knee surgery, to just being there when I needed to talk to someone. She's always there. I am so very, very thankful that God gave me such a wonderful person that I call my mom.
I'm also linking up with Father Christian over at Blessed is the Kingdom (even though I kinda broke the rule about resting on Sun. by linking up to a previous post! But, I did post last night, so maybe I didn't really break the rule! ) for Sabbath Sunday.