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Friday, May 6, 2011




What a special day this is.

"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...
Mom was just 17 in this photo..
She was born and raised in East Texas...
and every bit a Southern lady.
She's been gone for 23 years and
we all still miss her so much..
She was an awesome cook..
She made the best CHICKEN AND DUMPLINS, ever !
They were always my favorite meal so, of course,
they have always been my
#1 comfort food.
When I get really lonely for her, I go to the store, buy a fat hen, 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.

She ALWAYS saw to it that I got to pull the PULLY BONE...
She ALWAYS never let me forget that she loved me unconditionally.
She ALWAYS was there when I needed her.
SHE will ALWAYS be sorely missed.

The happiest MOTHER'S DAY to
my daughter, Stacy..
my daughter in law, Kathy...
and my granddaughter, Jessica.
 to ALL mothers, EVERYWHERE.
Much love and


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

OH I'm first!!!

Gentle hugs,

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

OK, now that I've proved what a *silly goose* I am, to get so excited about being first-to-comment here... :-)

Thank you for the lovely post.

And wishing you a very Happy Mother's Day too, Dear BJ!

Gentle hugs,

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

With tears in my eyes I wish you a wonderful Mother's Day dear friend! And with a smile on my face... I truly hope I remember the term "pully bone"-I LOVE IT:@)

Madeline's Album said...

A very lovely tribute to your Mother. She must have been a strong and wonderful person and a good cook. Hope your Mother's Day is a blessed one. Madeline

Sarah said...

Sweet tribute, BJ. Stopping by to wish you the best of Mother's Day. It's obvious that you are a special mom, yourself. ~ Sarah

Linda @ A La Carte said...

bj this is the sweetest tribute to your Mom. I love what you said about 'your heart walking around outside your body' it is so true. Beautiful thoughts. Happy Mothers Day! hugs, Linda

Debby said...

And Happy Mothers Day to you. Beautiful memories. Hope you have a fun day.

Anonymous said...

your recipe looks wonderful,, yum yum,, pully bone I love that,,never heard that,,have a wonderful Happy Mother's Day

Blondie's Journal said...

What a special post! My mother made the best chicken and dumplings and I, too, think of her whenever I make it!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and the happiest Mother's Day, BJ!


Lady Jane said...

My mom and I always wished on the pully bone too. I share your sorrow. My mom passed away in 2000. She was my best friend.

{Liz} said...

Wishing you the best mothers day!

Kathy said...

What an awesome tribute to your mother. She was indeed a special lady to have raised such a special daughter. Happy Mother's Day to you too BJ.

Shelia said...

Hi Dear BJ! OH, your mother was so pretty and you look like her and have her smile! My mother is a cooker of chicken and dumplings too! :) Oh, I haven't heard the word 'pully bone' in a long time! I used to love to do that and so did my children.
Have a wonderful Mother's Day and let your heart be filled with the sweetest memories!
You are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

This is such a touching post. I hope you have a Very Happy Mother's Day! The Mother's Day flowers are lovely. Thank-you for sharing your memories of your mother with us!

Ricki Jill

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Sweet post for your Mom, Beeej. Happiest of Mother's Days to you, my friend.

Anonymous said...

thankyou for the kind words on my blog,, I'll look forward to that post about the journal

Mrs. Zwieg said...

Oh my goodness...I understand. My mother passed away three years ago and I when I am lonely for her I like to look through a folder of drawings that I have of hers, or read a note she hand wrote or something like that.

On Crooked Creek said...

Here's wishing you a Happy Mother's Day, dearest blogging friend!

Atelier de Charo said...

A lovely post.

Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Big Hugs

Ginny said...

Beautiful flowers, yummy looking chicken and dumplings, and such sweet memories of your mom. She was a beautiful lady. And a wonderful mother.

Emily said...

What a lovely memory for you, and I share those same feelings. My Mom has been gone for eighteen years now. Thanks for the touching post. Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day.......

The French Hutch

Pat said...

What a lovely post about your mother! I also like the roses - did you compose that photo? If so, well done!

Happy Mother's Day!

P.S. I told you I'd stop by!

Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's Day!!

Thanks so much for this post and the chicken and dumplin's. Brought back memories of many "debates" with my sister and cousins over the "pullybone"!:-)

Melissa said...

Hi, bj. I had a Follow Me button but I could never see it on y blog, didn't know if it was working so I took it down. I just put it back up but again I cannot see it so I do not know if it works or not. Lovely story about your mom's chicken dumplings (one of my sister's favorites as well). Thank you for stopping by. HPS!

Theresa said...

What a sweet Mother's Day post! My Mama made delicious Chicken and Dumplins too and will be gone 23 years in September! Our hearts were breaking about the same time :( Have a blessed Mother's Day dear BJ as we remember our Precious Mamas!


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Happy Mother's Day, BJ. Lovely picture of your mom. Now I know where you got your good looks.

Jacalyn @ said...

What beautiful memories! Happy PS!


Rita said...

Another touching post; really enjoyed reading this even if I cried a bit.
Happy Mother's Day to you too.

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing your special memories of your mom! Happy Mothers Day to you!

Vee said...

And a wonderful Mother's Day to you as well. Your mother sounds like the dearest lady; she certainly was a pretty one. When you write about her, I read l.o.v.e.

Foley said...

Beautiful tribute and gorgeous photos!!

La said...

You are the wonderful woman you are, in part because of this most special lady. Happy Mother's Day, Sweet BJ.

Tracy said...

That was really sweet...a great remembrance of your mother to make the chicken' dumplins. I hope you have the best day with your memories~ sometimes that's all we have!

Debbie said...

That was the sweetest tribute to your mom, and it made me smile in my heart. I have certain comfort foods that make me think of mine, too.

I hope that you and your daughter and your daughter-in-law and your granddaughter ALL have a wonderful Mother's Day.

LV said...

Our mothers had some things in common. Mine was from East Texas, made best ever chicken and dumplings and fried fruit pies. I can almost taste those pies now.

jeanne said...

BJ, this is the sweetest post. Your mom was beautiful in the photo you shared. Just 17 and I thought I was all grown up at age 17. Silly girl!!!

I know your mom was a very special person just like mine. We were so blessed to have a childhood full of love and security. My mom has been gone 25 years and I too miss her so much. I am drooling over the chicken and dumplings. My mom was not the greatest cook but she was awesome at baking bread and making pies. What I would give for a slice of her pie. Any kind!

Happy Mother's Day my dear sister friend.
Love and hugs,
Jeanne xo

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

What a sweet tribute to your mom! Happy Mother's Day BJ!!

Barbara F. said...

Visiting from the Tablescaper Seasonal Sundays, a lovely post and tribute to your Mom. Happy Mother's day, xo,

Johanna said...

Hello BJ,
that is a lovely tribute to your Mom. Wish you a wonderful Mother's Day, too.
Warmest regards, Johanna

Marlis said...

A beautiful tribute to your lovely mom. How beautiful she was. My go to dishes.... potato salad or radish salad. Or macaroni salad. Funny what we remember. Happy mother's day. Be blessed.

Babs said...

BJ, That is such a sweet tribute to your mom. Wishing you a beautiful Mother's Day with sweet memories of your mom.

texwisgirl said...

thank you for dropping by my blog this morning. happy mother's day (and grandmother's too) to you! you're a doll!

thanks for the link on the sidebar about backing up your blog. i learned something very valuable from you today! i appreciate you!

Babs said...

BJ, Thanks for your sweet comment and thanks for following. For some reason I thought I was following you but guess I was just "visiting". Sorry about that. I've often visited your blog and thoroughly enjoyed your posts so guess I just assumed I had "followed". Duh.
Anyway, have a great Mother's Day,

Diann said...

What a sweet and wonderful post BJ! Happy Mother's Day to you!

The Tablescaper said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. Hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

BJ, what a wonderful tribute to your mother. Of course, I knew that you had to have been rasied by a wonderful mother, because you are such a wonderful person. She was so pretty in that sketch. Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. I hope your Mother's Day was special. laurie

Miss Janice said...

Chicken & Dumplins...yum yum! I'm having fun catching up with you. Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!

Picket said...

What a beautiful post BJ...I hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day..I well remember fighting over the pulley bone with my cousins! lol Have a great week sweetie...Love ya.. Picket

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear BJ. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day with your family.

My husband loves chicken and dumplings, too.

Stephanie said...

I loved your story about your Mom. I'll bet those dumplings are like a big hug from Mom. Thanks for sharing.

I invite you to come visit my blog....I'm giving away something pretty!

Take Care,