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Sunday, May 11, 2008





The picture says "Helen, age 17" on the back

and I loved her very much..........
As her mother's brother, FREDERICK, was leaving for WW ONE, she promised him that no matter if she had a boy or a girl, her expected baby would have his name ! My mom was very proud of that name, too.

She was born in 1917 in East Texas and even though she moved to West Texas when she was 29 years old and spent the rest of her 71 years here, she never lost her East Texas drawl.....

She was, by far, one of the most talented ladies that ever lived. She could paint, sew like a pro, all kinds of crafts, was the best baker EVER, EVER !!
She had a fantastic personality and lots and lots of friends.

But, most of all, she was such a great MOTHER.
She made our home a place full of wonder and wonderfulness for my little brother and I........

Oh, don't get me wrong.....she could be very stern about some things but we kids learned early on that if we could only get her tickled, she soon forgot why she was upset with us !!

She could do anything she made her mind up to do and she did it WELL.
She dearly loved to dance to



She has been gone 20 years last month and I miss her today as much as I did when she went HOME

I'll not have her on my mind at all, be cooking and reach for a hot pad that she made, and my loss of her washes over me like cold water. I pray I am loved enough that I will be missed in the same way because it's a GOOD shows how close we were and how intertwined our lives were, ALWAYS.



LOVE, bj






"What fantastic mothers you both are and I am VERY proud of the both of you, for many, MANY reasons !"

"I love you both very much and.....I am so blessed to have you in my life. "


Beverly said...

Happy Mother's Day to a very special person. Enjoy every minute.

Karen H. said...

Good Morning BJ,
"HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY"!!!! This is such a wonderful and beautiful tribute to your Mother. She sounded like the perfect Mother. "THANK YOU" for sharing this tribute of your Mother with us and the picture as well. I am going to my Sister's after Church. She is grilling out for me and our Mom today. Your flowers are just beautiful. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Alice said...

A wonderful tribute to your mother. I'm sorry I never did get to know her.
Happy Mother's day to you too!
love, al

IsabellaCloset said...

BJ, I hope you have a fabulous Mathers are such a great caring Gal!
I wish you a day filled with sunshine & smiles!
Hugs ~Mary~ :-}

Marcela said...

Hello sweet BJ
Have a Happy and wonderful mother's day!!!
I hope you are having a great day!

Teresa said...

This is a lovely post. Thank you for sharing your mother with us. Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh BJ, I fully understand what you are saying. My mom went home 20 years ago next month and there are days it was just like yesterday. I still miss her a lot and always will.

I have a very strong feeling you ARE loved as much as you loved your mom.

I know I love you and I have not even met you in person.

Have a wonderful mothers Day.

God bless you and yours,

Holly (Nickname) said...

Happy Mother's Day to you Sweet B.J.!
What a beautiful memory of your Mom and I love what you said about... .. .. "I pray I am loved enough that I will be missed in the same way because it's a GOOD shows how close we were and how intertwined our lives were, ALWAYS." THAT is a HUGE blessing, and the icing on the cake...when you see her again in Heaven.!!
Have a blessed and beautiful day, dear friend...
Wrap this BIG hug around yourself, and here is a great big Jersey kiss, mwwwwwwwa!

xxxooo Holly Girl

Primgal55 said...

Hi BJ,

I love your tribute to your mom. I posted about my mom the other day and she hasn't stopped crying! I am adding a link to your blog on mine and plan to come back often. Stop by mine when you can - my red door is always open. Hugs and Happy Mother's Day, Linda

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Happy Mothers Day, sweet BJ! What a wonderful sweet post about your Mother. I lost my Mom 3 years ago and miss her every single day too.

Kathleen Grace said...

Happy Mothers Day to you BJ, I know you are following in your own mothers footsteps of being a wonderful loving person, it shines through evrything you share with us here. God bless you and your family on this special day:>)

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Thank you for the Mother's Day flowers! They're so beautiful. I loved the post about your mother, especially about her name. My mother was called Fritzi until she was age 6 and had to have an official name before going to school. My biological grandmother had so many children, that she didn't get around to giving them formal names right away. For the longest time, the two youngest were called Big Baby and Little Baby, lol.

I know how you mean about little things making you think of your mother. I am missing mine a lot today.

Susie said...

What a loving tribute to your beautiful Mom, BJ.
I know that feeling of "loss washing over you like cold water" It's been six years for me this week.
It is a good missing though, because like your Mom, my Mom was also loved so much and our lives were intertwined.
Happy Mother's Day..

PEA said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too, dear BJ!! I do hope you've had a simply marvelous day:-) Such a wonderful tribute post to your mom and I can well imagine how much you miss her. I gave my mom an extra long hug this morning because I just feel so blessed to still have her in my life. xoxo

Kari & Kijsa said...

Happy Mother's Day! Hope you had a wonderful day with your family.

kari & kijsa

Anita said...

Wonderful post...

And I'm glad there are people out there who do celebrate Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Honest to Ya~Ya said...

I just love fuschia any color they are so sweet! Just don't put them in full sun...I learned the hard way...sigh!!

Your mom is so pretty in that picture!

Happy Mother's Day to you sweet BJ!♥

Deb said...

Thank you for the beautiful flowers, and the tribute to your mom is great. My mom went to be with our Lord 22yrs ago and yes I miss her . . . holding on to great memories and making great memories with my family. Hope you had a Blessed Mothers Day:)

Adrienne said...

Happy Mother's Day, BJ. I hope your day was filled with special surprises! ~Adrienne~

Tea Time and Roses said...

Happy Mother's Day to you BJ! What a lovely tribute to your Mother...just beautiful! This was indeed a lovely post, thank you so much for sharing.



Jeanne said...

I just red your post and loved it so much. We love the same things and we are almost the same age. My mother went home 20 year ago and your beautiful post about your mom could be my mom. She was an amazing woman that left her six children loving life, each other and most of all, God. Please visit me at Backyard Neighbor.

Blessings, Jeanne

CIELO said...

Dear BJ... I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day. This is such a sweet tribute.... may God bless you and yours....


Susie Q said...

I know you are loved that much by your family and how special to have had a Mom like that.
Thank you for sharing this with us dear BJ. You are a warm and wise woman. OH so very special.


Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

BJ, I just got around to reading your tribute to your mother. She was a beautiful lady. And I am sure you miss her very much. I am glad you have such beautiful memories of her. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Hugs, Terrie