Reminiscing. Thinking of all the mothers in my family. My great-grandmothers, most of whom I never met, but still are such a big part of who I am. The one who had to leave one of her children in another country for years because they didn’t have the money to bring her home. The ones who left home for new lands and new opportunities. The one who lost a son in WWII. Strong women, all of them.
|My Great-Grandmother, Amelia, is the second on the left. My grandfather is the handsome blond sailor in the back on the right.|
My grandmothers. I love them dearly. One who told me on her 83rd (or 84th?) birthday that her biggest regret in life was not having more children. One who never talked about children until after my third child was born and just mentioned that she always wanted more but had many miscarriages. No one ever knew. One leaving home and family to marry the man of her dreams, the other marrying after a brief 6-week courtship and then sending her husband off to war, not seeing him again for 2-3 years. Strong women, both of them.
|My still beautiful grandmother.|
My mother. Raising two children as a single mom. Warm and creative. Working to provide the best she could. A strong woman.
|My grandmother, my mom, my oldest daughter, and me.|
I’m next on the family mother tree. I am a blessed woman. Abundantly blessed. I think about each child of mine. Each one so precious.
The oldest, Kate, a mama herself now and living too far away, preparing to move to an even greater distance in a week. Born when I was so young, and didn’t know the first thing about being a good mother, but wanting to giver her the best of me that I possibly could. She is the fierce protector of her baby I always knew she’d be. Graceful, passionate, beautiful.
The next one, Josh, now a man preparing to leave our nest. He spends less and less time here. I miss him already, but I’m so honored to be his mother and I look forward to watching the next few years. Gifted, humble, a quiet and strong leader.
And then my quirky, particular, and oh-so-funny Zach, the boy who is quickly growing out of boyhood, loving books and dragons and legos and swords, still giving me swift hugs when he passes me in the kitchen.
Sweet Maddie, so tender hearted and kind. Probably the one most like me in likes, but so much like her Papa in personality. Dress wearing, tractor driving, loving to knit and bake and sew and run barefoot and splash in the creek and care for the animals.
Little Emma, a princess. Blond-haired beauty with a quick smile. Dumping toys from boxes so she can stand taller next to me to play with my hair – her habit when she’s tired. So wanting to be in charge, but just barely 3 years old and the 5th child makes it hard to be the boss.
Sophia Rosebud, the current littlest, but not for much longer. Dark, curly hair and a deep belly laugh. Such a petite little body, but such a big personality, a fearless monkey imitating everyone around. Curious, climbing, busy.
And the soon to come littlest. A boy? A girl? Blond or dark? Serious or fun-loving?
Each one is such a gift, a treasure. I did nothing to deserve them. So much love in this little cottage of a home. Oh, yes. I am a very blessed woman. And I’m so grateful to be the descendant of so many strong women. I hope I am able to honor them in the way I live my life.