Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day !

Mother's Day brings back so many beautiful memories, one especially clear in my mind...running up the street on Mother's Day morning with my older sister to Mawmaw's house where we would pick some of her roses to wear to church that morning. We proudly pinned our roses on our dotted swiss dresses that Mama had made for us. Everyone wore a rose to church on Mother's Day...red if your mother was still living...white if your mother had passed away. I wonder if that is just a Southern tradition?




I haven't worn a rose to church on Mother's Day in years. I had almost forgotten that beautiful tradition, but my rose bushes, heavy with their beautiful, fragrant blooms made me think of it this year. I think I'll go out and choose the perfect one to wear to church today to honor my mama. I am so blessed that I can still wear a red rose. My heart goes out to all that have to choose a white rose this year.


This is a picture of Mama, me, and my sister, Elaine. I was just a few days old when this picture was made.



My mama has been, and still is at the age of 80, such a good role model for her girls. She gave so freely of her time and love. She sacrificed so much for us. She spent endless hours cooking our meals, sewing our clothes, waiting on us while we took piano lessons...the list goes on and on. I am so blessed to have a mama that loves me and has always been there for me.

I am also blessed to be a mother to three precious grown-up children. And to make this Mother's Day even more special our family has added a son-in-love since last Mother's Day. I won't get to go to church with Mama today, and all of my children won't get to be with me, but I won't be sad because our heart strings tie us together.

And, since it is Mother's Day, maybe my children will forgive me for posting this picture of us on Mother's Day 1992. I couldn't resist. Do you still love me kids?

L to R: Preston (age 9), me holding 2 month old Taylor, Heather (age 6)



I wish a Happy Mother's Day to every mother and every mother's child. Be Blessed!

27 comments:

  1. A nice post! I'm sure your rose will be beautiful, and I wish you a Happy Mother's Day!

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  2. What a lovely tribute to your momma and your children on Mothers Day. So sweet. Thank you for stopping by to see mine. Happy Mothers Day.

    Ginger

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  3. Oh, Sherry! What a sweet post! I love your sweet pictures. You know, I grew up in Ft. Payne, Al, and just like you wore the red rose to church. Now living in Texas we used to do that also. This morning, I'm going to wear a red rose for my mother who is still living and she's 86!
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me and Happy Mother's Day!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  4. HELLO,
    ITS FUNNY MY MOTHER JUST TOLD ME ABOUT THE RED ROSE, AND THAT WE SHOULD WARE A RED TOPS TO MASS THIS MORNING TO HONOR THAT CUSTOM!!, I THINK ITS BEAUTIFUL, AND I WISH THE CUSTOM WAS STILL GOING :) HAVE A BEAUTIFUL MOTHERS DAY TOO :)

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  5. Sherry, you did an excellent tribute to your mother. At 80, she belongs to my club. I am so glad you still have her and spending time with her. I had a post last Thursday on mine. May your day be filled with blessings and family love.

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  6. Oh Sherry, I loved all the pictures! Especially of your mom and you and sister. What a lovely tribute to your mother. I have never heard the 'color' rose to church tradition, but it sounds nice. I hope you have an especially nice mother's day! Twyla

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  7. Sherry,
    What a beautiful tribute to your mother.
    I have never heard of the rose tradition but I would have to chose a white rose. My mom passed away 6 years ago. She would have been 90.
    I am slowly making my way through all the Pink Saturday posts as i worked last night and have to work tonight.
    Happy Mother's Day and HPS!!
    Debbie

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  8. Oh, Sherry, what a lovely post! I love the pictures of your mother and then of you and your children! This was wonderful! And I remember wearing the red rose to church as a child, too! Have a wonderful day today!

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  9. What a lovely post and special memories. Wishing a wonderful Mother's Day. Blessings, Tammy

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  10. What a beautiful post in honor of your mother!

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  11. O, we ALWAYS wore roses to church, too. My mom didn't have white roses but she had white honeysuckle..she would pick a small bunch, tie a pretty ribbon around them and wear it to church on Mother's Day. Her mama died before I was born..as did my daddy's mama. So..I didn't have the joy of a grandmother...I am thinking this is one reason I have tried with all my mite to be a good Memaw to my 10 grands...:)
    They are all on their way over for a cheeseburger cookout today..woo hoo..
    Happy Mother's Day...

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  12. We lived in So Cal when I was little and my dad always had corsages for us for Mother's Day. White for him and red for mama and us girls. I love that old tradition. He was from Missouri and before that, his people were from the south.
    That's so neat you're gonna wear a red rose today to church. You are lucky. And that tradition lives on as long as we continue to practice it.
    I love your mentioning "dotted Swiss dresses". Mama often made us dresses for special occasions and dotted swiss was one of the fabrics she'd use. Wasn't it fun to wear? Happy Mother's Day and HPS, too~

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  13. Happy Mother's Day! Such a sweet post! I love the photos! I am blessed to still have my Mother here and I hope I do for many years to come.

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  14. Hi Sherry!
    What a sweet sentiment and CUTE photos! That must have been a good year for mamas. You are the second person to post that your mom is 80 and mine is, too!
    Happy Mother's Day to YOU!

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  15. Love, love, love your memories. How wonderful that you have your red rose! Yes, of course I know that custom - I'm in the south also, however! Dotted swiss??? Do they even make it anymore? My mother also made Easter dresses from it and of course we'd wear them to church on Mother's Day! Fabulous pictures. Haha - the kids will love it! Really enjoyed this. :) Nancy

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  16. What a lovely post Sherry! I love the pictures! Have a wonderful Mother's Day! Now, go get that rose!

    Hugs,
    Jacalyn

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  17. Happy Mothers Day Sherry!! What a beautiful picture of your mother and you and sister. Also your family is just absolutely gorgeous!!

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  18. What pleasant memories of Mother's Day. My Mama was always honored at church on Mother's Day because she had the most children (9). Mama was my dad's mom. My mother was an only child and married one of nine. It must have been an adjustment for her.

    Thanks for the memories.

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  19. YOU ARE A PERFECT FAMILY. YOUR MOTHER IS BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVE THE ROSE TRADITION, CHAR

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  20. My late mom always said you wore colored flowers in a corsage if your mom was alive and white if she were deceased! I never forgot that but I had pretty yellow orchids for Easter and Mother's Day too! I think it is a lovely tradition! Love and Hugs on Mother's Day to you and you mom! Anne

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  21. What a lovely family you have, God's blessings to your mama and to you and your family.
    Big hugs, Joey

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  22. Happy Mothers Day!!!.what a nice pics and tribute! Lovely!!

    xoxo

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  23. Sherry, I love it. I love your whole post. So beautiful. Your sweet old family picture and the old one of you with your children. The rose tradition is a beautiful one. It may be a Southern tradition, as I have never heard of it. My sweet 14 year old daughter and husband celebrated with me today. My wonderful 19 yr. old son is not, for the first time ever and it was different and not as I would like it, but like you and yours.... we are tied together with love. Happy Mother's Day, Sherry.

    Mermaid Debbie

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  24. Beautiful tribute. I am very proud to still be able to have a red rose also. My mother is going to be 85 years young this July. She and my daddy are having a ball traveling the world.
    Your children will be proud to be showcased on your blog in such a loving post.
    Happy Mother's day to you and thank you for stopping by today.
    Enjoy, Dana

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  25. Sherry, that was beautiful and personal. I liked learning more about you and your life. How precious the black and white picture is of you, sis and your mama.

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  26. This is Marydon ~
    I am keeping updates on Sherry @ my blog ~ you may wish to pop in for a visit.

    blushingrosetoo.blogspot.com

    Have a lovely weekend.
    TTFN ~Marydon

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