Saturday, February 9, 2008

Celebrating Mom today...

February 9th was my mom's special day!

How fitting that this childhood picture of her was taken in a garden was her favorite place to be!

I was a babe in her arms...1952.

Today would have been her 82nd birthday...had she not left us
for her heavenly home 8 years ago. In my mind, she will never be old...she is still 74 the way I last remember her.

Birthdays are a time to I baked a batch of cinnamon buns in mom's honour, and served them on her china!

These dishes were mom's original set from 1948...and when she passed away, everyone got a few pieces as a memory. Cinnamon buns were a Saturday staple at our place when I was growing up. We liked to stand nearby while mom was putting the rolls on the pans...and snitch a little brown sugar...and a raisin or two.

My mom was a strong person, who worked tirelessly. She was most unselfish and always thought of others above herself. She taught me so many things (mostly by example), for which I will be eternally grateful.

Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2000...and three weeks later she was gone. We hardly had a chance to say our good-byes...and we miss her dearly! We wish she were here today so we could celebrate together once more...but we know she's in a better place.

Mom would be happy to know us kids are having a party today anyhow. We're off to Birch Bay...and we'll be remembering the time she was there with us not so many years ago!
We've spent the last few days talking, eating, laughing and reminiscing...but not much walking! Hopefully the weather clears up and we'll be out and about, as we spend these next few days at a lovely resort at the seashore.

One last thing...I must report that the winner of the 'pick your colour' tractor contest is RED. As I warned you, the decsion would not be entirely based on the democratic process! I was informed yesterday that the red tractor (Case-International) was the one that would be staying on the farm. I have a feeling there was more involved in the ultimate choice than colour...although 'super Tuesday' poll was definitely taken in consideration. As it turns out, my readers preferred Kubota by a slim margin over John Deere...however, it was not to be.

Have a wonderful Saturday!


  1. Judy, it amazes me how many things we find we have in common through blogging.
    Your time with your family is ever so special and wonderful that you can be together to remember your mom.

    I love the colour red and so I'm just fine with the tractor decison.

  2. A beautiful post and tribute to your mom, Judy. Enjoy your time with your family - that's special.

    Well, red is one of my favorite colors...I guess this is okay - ha!
    But the orange Kubota was prettier! I'm sure that doesn't count for much when choosing a tractor...

  3. Isn't it an honor to cherish our Mom?
    I think of my mom so often. We both said good-by to our mothers in the same year.
    What a legacy they left us.
    My Mom left a legacy that's hard to beat. She led a strong life of prayer and devotion to God.
    I need to keep working at that.
    Have a wonderful day with your family.
    I love cinnamon buns.

  4. Your mom is so pretty. I am sorry that she left you too soon. I admire your faith in knowing that her heavenly home is a far better place.

    I was surprised to read about three special moms today. I started with yours, moved on to BumbleVee's, and lastly Lovella's. Makes me pause to thank God for my mother who is still with me.

    Red wins? Hmmmm, I knew that election was rigged!

  5. Judy, What a lovely tribute of your mom. I am sure you all miss her very much this weekend. She was a Grand lady. Family times are so precious. Martha

  6. Judy, you resemble your beautiful mother. I think it is your eyes. It is so special to remember our mothers, isn't it. We also lost our mother to pancreatic cancer, 2 years ago. She was 75.

  7. Your mom looks like she was a very sweet lady. I'm sorry she was gone so soon. Maybe your mom and my mom are chatting up in heaven and getting a kick out of us "meeting" in blogland! Have a lovely holiday.

  8. Your mother is equally beautiful now as she was in her younger days!! Yumm...cinnamon buns...what a fabulous daughter you are!!

    kari & kijsa

  9. My Dear Judy, I know exactly what you're feeling. I find I've been able to write about my Mother just this past year. She passed away five years ago from Ovarian Cancer at the age of 74 and like your mother, was gone so quickly. She was diagnosed in March and left us in early May, just before her birthday. Your mother was a beautiful you find yourself still talking to her? I know I do...and I'm sure she listens.


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