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My "Other Moms"

Sunday, May 08, 2016

This was a personal post I put on Facebook, so the names, (of people I tagged), won't mean a lot to my Spark Friends, but the message is the same for anyone.

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As I was driving a distance yesterday I got to thinking about Mother's Day, and all the women who have in some way helped shape my life and character, (I am far from perfect, but I think I am a good person). I love my Mom, Rachael Felix and think she is the best! I am proud to call her Mommie!
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I am also proud that I have had strong, wise, confident women I have been privileged to call "Mom" just by the fact that I was friends with their Daughters and spent time in their homes.
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Evelyn Waidley, there will NEVER be enough words to tell you what you mean to me! I was so happy to see you yesterday and give you a hug and wish you a Happy Birthday and Happy Mother's day! You know I miss and think of Pat every day, and I have no doubt she would still be my BFF if she were here.
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Jean Stackhouse, precious friend who is now Home with Jesus. I am thankful I got to spend a couple of hours with her reminiscing about fun times I spent with her and Donna Hartman. I hope she knew how much she meant to me.
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Mildred Betz, (Carla Betz Roy, Pat Betz),Many hours through many years spent sitting in the kitchen, talking, and laughing. I imagine Millie, Joyce, Kathy, Jo, and PatsyAikey sitting in a kitchen in Heaven drinking some amazing Heavenly beverage. I wonder if Mom Millie ever knew her kitchen was my safe place when I needed one.
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Polly Hans, (Melissa Kenyi, Jim Wright), so glad I ran into you and your handsome hubby not long ago. Still able to call you Mom after all these years and get a hug or two. It was great to catch up and laugh together.
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Kathleen Plymette, (Debbe Plymette Zarr), Just last week saw you in Walmart. (LOL the place to go to see old friends I guess). Memories of your welcoming "us girls" into your home for sleepover, and one of us, (not me), was sleep walking. (come to think of it, Donna Hartman had a habit of sleep walking at sleepovers, but that's another story).
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Mrs. Mingle, (Maxine Mingle), If I ever knew her first name, I've forgotten it, and don't remember calling her Mom. I didn't see her as much as the others way back when, but I can picture her in my mind now, telling Max and me to have a good time but be good girls. Max, I more remember Dolores, I didn't call her Mom, but I can hear her voice in my head telling me to keep the crumbs out of the butter. She said it with a smile, and fed me numerous meals when we stayed at her place.
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All of these close friends called, and still call my Mom, "Mom" when they see her. Her home is still warm with love and friendship for anyone that enters.
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Grandmothers, Aunts, teachers, role models and friends, strong women of Faith who led by example and hard work to make life the best they could for their children. These women impacted me in ways that I'm sure surpasses my understanding.
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As I'm writing, other women come to mind, and I could go on, but, I'll close with this nut shell story about my Great Grandmother, Fanny Catherine Snyder Trawitz, (Jennifer Shirk, Crystal Schmidt, Mary Foresman, Dorcas Guyer Emery, Lois Aunkst).
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Some years ago I had the very unique honor of "Owning my heritage" and claiming Katie Snyder Trawitz as my grandmother. Fifteen years after her death, I was part of a prayer group when someone in the group gave testimony to the impact Grammy Trawitz had on their life. This person had no idea he was talking about my Grandmother. My lesson from that was to wonder what people would have to say about me after I'm gone. It made me more aware of how I impact other people.
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Remember, we are " a letter from Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." 2 Corinthians 3:3
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