October 19, 2007 was the day that my mom entered into the presence of her Savior.If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that my mom was my inspiration! She loved to bake! The aroma of her freshly baked whole wheat bread, chocolate chip cookies, or any of her pies is strongly etched in my memory. And there was just nothing that tasted as good as a hot buttery slice of that fresh bread drizzled with honey! Oh, yum!!
There are plenty of other things that Mom loved. She loved to laugh and always enjoyed hearing about the antics of her grandchildren. She loved listening to their stories and experiences. Mom lived with me and my family for over 10 years, so my kids would always run to Granny’s room with special things to show her or stories to tell her. She loved her family…all 9 of her brothers and sisters, all of her many nieces and nephews, and all of her 12 grandchldren. She had a tender heart and great concern for others. Most of all, Mom loved her Lord, she loved His Word, and she loved to hear the preaching of the Word. When the physical trials of old age crept up on her, she would listen to the Word being read on the set of DVDs that we got for her one Christmas. She would follow along in her own Bible as much as she could. When she grew too weary to do even that, she would just listen. During her later years, she read through the Bible (or listened to it) every 6 weeks. By doing so, she had most of it memorized. It gave her great peace and comfort!
Mom was also a great prayer warrior. When insomnia from her fibromyalgia would hit her, usually around 3:00 in the morning, she would pray. She prayed for her children and grandchildren, for each of her remaining siblings and their families, and for the children of our church families. She took prayer very seriously!
I think that one of my greatest disappointments is that I don’t have a lot of pictures of me with my mom. I have a lot of her, but not of the two of us together. When I was growing up, Mom always had the camera. When I got older, I always took the pictures. That was in the days before digital cameras, camera phones, and selfies! Here are a few pictures that I really like.
Mom’s engagement picture. Since my copy of this picture is in black and white, I had totally forgotten how pretty the color copy is until my niece posted it this morning!
Mom in her new kitchen~~1963. Dad and Mom bought an old farm house and remodeled the kitchen to whatever Mom wanted!
One of the few pictures I have of Mom and me together~~my wedding day in 1988!
While Mom had some recipes that she followed, she mostly just went by a pinch of this or a pinch of that. I usually follow a recipe, but experiment a little bit here and there. Since my new THM cookbook arrived today, maybe I will go make a THM-friendly apple pie…in Mom’s memory, of course!