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Friday, May 7, 2010

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY












"Making a decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” MOTHER'S DAY FLOWERS FOR YOU...
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HAPPY PINK SATURDAY
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THIS IS MY MOTHER


The picture says "Helen, age 17" on the back
Her name was HELEN FREDERICK JACKSON RAMSEY HAWKINS
and I loved her very much..........
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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.
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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.....
Every inch of her was A SOUTHERN LADY
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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 !!
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She had a fantastic personality and lots and lots of friends.
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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........
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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 !!
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She could do anything she made her mind up to do and she did it WELL.
She dearly loved to dance to
BOB WILLS and THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS ...;>)
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She has been gone over 20 years last month and I miss her today as much as I did when she went HOME.
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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 missing...it shows how close we were and how intertwined our lives were, ALWAYS.
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She could make the BEST Chicken and Dumplins of anyone! It was always my very favorite meal and she made them often.

When I get really lonely for her, I go to the store, buy the fatest hen I can find, boil it, making the best broth..then, the dumplins are made from scratch. When I sit down with a nice, hot bowl of them....seems like Mom is right beside me.
MY NUMBER ONE COMFORT FOOD...HOMEMADE CHICKEN AND DUMPLINS.


...and, she ALWAYS saw to it that I got to pull the PULLY BONE...
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MOM

I LOVE YOU!
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to my sweet daughter, STACY LEIGH...
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to my precious daughter in law, KATHY....
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
to my granddaughter, JESSICA...
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AND....
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
to all mothers, everywhere !

38 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi BJ,
What a beautiful post honouring your mother! She sounds like she was an amazing lady and her daughter has followed in her footsteps. Thank you for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday to you. Have a beautiful pink Mother's Day weekend. Hope to see you Tuesday for tea.

Blessings,
Sandi

Julie Harward said...

I so loved this post! Your mothers smile has carried down to you and your daughters! My Mom passed away in 2000, she was born in 1913...I miss her so much too. That is my wish too...to be remembered with great love! Have a wonderful Mothers Day...I'm so glad to know you! :D

jilly said...

Thank you, and Happy Mother's Day to you BJ. You do have your Mom's smile!!

Is that your great-granddaughter with the yellow ribbon?? She is a cutie pie and a half. What a smile. Sure runs in the family.

Enjoy the weekend,
Jilly

Justine said...

What a beautiful post, my beautiful BJ! I just know your mom is watching over you and is just bursting with love and pride for the woman you became. You too will certainly leave that legacy... but not anytime soon!

Now... I'd really love to have your recipes for the broth and the dumplings!!

Justine :o )

GrannySue said...

What a wonderful post and tribute to your mom. The flowers are beautiful and fushia are my favoriate (at the moment)

Kdottie Designs said...

BJ, OMGoodness....such a beautiful tribute. However, the thing I love the most is the PULLY BONE! Growing up we always called it that but now everyone (except my sister) thinks I'm nuts....they say wishbone.

I too miss my mom with all my heart.

Happy Mother's Day and Pink Saturday!
Caren

Kissed by an Angel said...

Happy Mothers Day to you! That was a truly loving tribute to your dear mum!! Thank you!
Blessings
xxxx

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very nice, Happy Mother's Day to you!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Mother's day, dear BJ.

Thank you for sharing your sweet memories of your mother with us. You look so much like her - both of you are beautiful.

Tracy F. said...

What a lovely post. Happy Mother's Day!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a lovely tribute to all of the Mothers in your life!
HPS!
Debbie

Laura said...

Oh BJ-
I feel exactly the same way about my mother.
This week she has been on my mind a lot.
A recent post I wrote mentions that.

Happy Mother's Day!

Laura
White Spray Paint

Rhondi said...

Happy mothers day to you too dear BJ. That is a beautiful tribute to your mother.
Hugs, Rhondi

The Happy Homemaker said...

Your post really touched my heart.I love what you said about missing your mother.I lost mine 15 years ago...and it has evolved into "a good missing".Thank you for giving words to that feeling:)Happy Mother's Day to you and to all the moms in your beautiful family!HPS,too!

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Awwwww... what a great post about Mom! Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Happy PS,
Jacalyn

Tennis Girl said...

What a great post, BJ. What a blessing your mother was to you and still continues to be.
xo
Robin

Ann said...

Where did that beautiful saying at the top of the post? It's so touching as was your tribute to your Momma. Beautiful pictures of her. Hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day.
Ann

Sandi McBride said...

what a beautiful tribute to your mother, BJ! The pulley bone was my favorite part too, and she saw to it that I got it nearly everytime! Happy Mother's Day to you!!
hugs
Sandi

Rebecca said...

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

This is such a fine tribute to a woman well loved. You have honored her in a way I can only HOPE will one day be shown to me.

Girly...you blessed me today.

Happy Mother's Day!

xoRebecca

cheri said...

i love your tribute! and you're a "memaw?" awesome! my son calls my mom "wowa" (lola or grandma in filipino)

thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Say It With Roses said...

Hi and Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Mothers Day, too!
A beautiful post about your Mother. I know you are loved as she is....I can just tell!
The chicken and dumplings made my mouth water....I make AWFUL dumplings! lol!
Jil

CC said...

Hi dear BJ..
Such a loving tribute to your mother..ooo,how I miss mine too. Mama also made the best chicken and dumplins..and chicken and dressin. I still can't master the dumplins,but boy,can I ever make her good dressin.
Happy Pinks and have a most wonderful Mothers day. May it be filled with blessings for a lovely lady..

Kathleen said...

You too, BJ..We are very blessed. Not everyone has such wonderful memories of their parents..Though they are gone, the memories remain!

debbie said...

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY AND HAPPY MOTHERS DAY BJ,
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO YOUR MOTHER...I KNOW SEE IS WATCHING OVER YOU, CHEERING YOU ON AND OH SO PROUD OF YOU.
YOUR ROSES ARE BEAUTIFUL. YOUR WHOLE FAMILY IS BEAUTIFUL.
NEXT TIME YOU WANT TO MAKE CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS....I SURE WOULD LIKE TO BE IN THE KITCHEN COOKING WITH YOU. WILL YOU SHARE YOUR RECIPE.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND FULL OF JOY AND NEW MEMORIES.
HUGS AND BLESSINGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Say It With Roses said...

Thank you, BJ for the secret to great dumplings....I am going to give it a try tomorrow night!

I forgot to tell you your Fuschias are just beautiful!
Jil

Claudie said...

Hi B.J. JUST LOVELY REALLY REALLY LOVELY.
My mom was also born in 1917! She's 91 today, spry, has her own 2 bedroom apt. and is coming to see me next month. She's very thin, like 86 lbs. but she was always the "perfect size" to me. She still LOVES to play cards, and god knows how she LOVED to dance, but now she's a little wobbly on her feet, but not bad : )
I have to tell you that Chicken and Dumplings are my FAV. Living in Canada, of course they don't make those, but when I hit Cracker Barrel, you bet that's what I order first thing. YUMMY
You were blessed to have such a wonderful mom. I'm sure she's looking at all that you do and smiling.
Happy Mother's Day B.J.
Love Claudie
xoxo
P.S. Just wondering if your using the current version of Internet Explorer? or have you tried Firefox?
I'm posting about my mom and some fun we had in St. Augustine... sorry you can't see it : (
Do you try Firefox sometimes.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, sweet bj!!!

9405018--Pat said...

What a beautiful post today....Happy Mother's Day...Pat H

aladdinsane12 said...

what a wonderful mother's day post! i'm sure your mother was so proud to have such a thoughtful and kind daughter. she sounds like an amazing woman!

happy SITS saturday sharefest!

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

What a beautiful post honoring all the Moms in your life! You put together such and thank you for sharing a piece of your life!
Lynn

Sherry from Alabama said...

What a lovely post. I enjoyed reading it on this Mother's Day morning.
Hope you can come by my blog for my special Mother's Day post today.

May you have a blessed day.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Bonnie said...

BJ, this is just a wonderful post. I love that wishbone...such fond memories of those as a child and fighting over them with my two brothers. Aww, life was so much simpler then! Your photos are all wonderful and it is obvious you have a very neat family. Enjoy the day, BJ!

Joanna said...

Happy Mother's Day! I'm a first time visitor, so I read more of your side bar & looked at the photos. Love your 50th anniversary photo.

I see your in TX. Me too! You should think about coming to Paper Cowgirls Art Retreat! If you cant come for the classes, then you must come up for the vendor show, June 26th. PC is the Biggest Lil' Art Retreat in Texas! There is 55 bloggers meeting there already!

Have a great Day!
Joanna

Susie Jefferson said...

What a lovely post. I lost my mother 27 years ago - and still miss her too.

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Mother's Day (sorry I'm a little late - Himself whisked me off for a day out plus dinner yesterday, so I'm doing my visiting today).

Mary said...

What a lovely tribute to your mother and the other women in your family BJ. Your mother would be so pleased to read your remembrances of her. I hope you are having a wonderful Mother's Day. Blessings...Mary

From the Kitchen said...

Happy Mother's Day to you, B.J.. What a lovely post about your mother and the lovely ladies in your life. I hope you spend the day surrounded by sweet memories and joy! ...and chicken and dumplings!

Best,
Bonnie

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Happy Mothers Day BJ, I hope you had a WONDERFUL day. What lovely memories of your Mom...you show us that she was a very special person and will ALWAYS be with you. All the best to you....Maura

Stacy said...

Grandmother was the best! I loved her so much too! When I think of Grandmother, I think of Estee Lauder Youth Dew, Toast on a pretty plate, Avocadoes in salad, Big fluffy down comforter, and her hysterical wit! What a great post Mom!