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Celebrating Motherhood: Sharing memories of women who touched our lives

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On Sunday, May 8, 2011, many families and individuals will honor one of the most important women in their lives...their Mom.

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It is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants and florists. Mother's Day gifts also include jewelry, candy and gift cards.

This year, I'd like to share some special memories of Mom, but also of other ladies who wear multiple hats as a grandparent, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, daughter and friend.

No matter what your age, think about the numerous women who have made a positive impact on your life and who have helped mold you into a special person today.

Naturally, we think of the first person we met while in her womb--our Mom.

On his DVD Bill Cosby Himself, the famous actor/comedian shares many memorable thoughts.

I love it when mothers get so mad they can't remember your name. "Come here, Roy, er, Rupert, er, Rutabaga... what is your name, boy? And don't lie to me, because you live here, and I'll find out who you are.''

Little Jeffrey. I remember his name, not because he said, "I'm four years old," but because Jeffrey's mother said his name all 2500 miles of the trip.

A Mother is also a ...

Parent:

It was such a pleasure to watch as my parents celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. The commitment they share has deepened over the years and it shows through the affirmation of their love for each other and their deeds of kindness in considering the other first.

Mother-in-Law:

My mother-in-law was kind and considerate of my feelings whenever she visited our home. Always helpful, she offered to assist in the kitchen, yet took care not to overstep any boundaries that might offend me. She treated me as a daughter, not a daughter-in-law.

Sister:

Sisters share a unique relationship. I am blessed that my sister is also my best friend. Siblings share secrets such as "Tell me one of my Christmas gifts and I'll tell you one of yours, but you have to act surprised when you open it."

In the anthology, Loving Hearts Live Forever my sister, along with many other family members and friends co-authored the stories sharing memories of our loved ones who have gone home to be with the Lord. It's also nice when sisters can share special interests. Her passion is music and mine is writing, but each of us have influenced the other as she is the author of two books and I'm taking keyboard and voice lessons.

Daughter:

What can be said about our children? My daughter Stephanie (who has autism) has taught me to appreciate many tender moments in life.

Watching our child take their first step.
Cheering for them the first time they drink from a straw.
Teaching them to pray.
Waving goodbye to them on the bus on the first day of school.

Many precious women pass through various stages of our lives and help shape our character. This Mother's Day, let's remember to be grateful and say, "thank you" to those who are still with us. For loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord, we can treasure their memory and the legacy they left in our lives.

Happy Mother's Day!

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