Friday, May 7, 2010

I remember mama...AGAIN...

When I was growing up, there was a tv series by that name, it reminded us of her...

We never really called her mama... we always called her mother...

It's been 9 years, and on Mother's Day... my memories of her still bring sorrow and joy...

The life she lived, the joy she shared, the mother she was.... in this world, will always leave a big hole in my heart...

What I learned about God, about life and about myself, were lessons taught to me by how she lived and who she was...

She was deeply committed to God, my dad and the 3 of us... we were her life...
She also ...

was a women's speaker at christian conferences...

baked and shared 1000's of cookies in her lifetime, for us, and to give away, by the beautiful plateful...

Lead many, many people to faith in Jesus Christ...

Prayed... and then prayed some more, and kept praying all through her life...

She was a Registered Nurse, and worked the night shift, even as she raised the 3 of us, and usually while dad was in another part of the world preaching...

She was always on the lookout for someone who might need a helping word or hand, and gave it quickly and gladly...

I think my very best memories of her were her JOY and laughter and humor, we all called her 'the fun one'...

She had it together, and she passed down to us a legacy for a lifetime! Oh how I miss her and love her!

My mom...










23 comments:

myletterstoemily said...

talk about the apple not falling far from
the tree! she sounds just like you!

what a wonderful heritage you enjoy!

now where did the trace of orneriness,
i sometimes detect, stem from?

Sonja said...

Lea: I'm chuckling as I write this... that would also be from her, my brother always called her 'sparky'... she was definitely that! Also... as to 'orneriness'... probably have to admit lots of that is me being me! :)

Shirl said...

Awww! She sounds so special! You are blessed. And may God bless you as you approach the upcoming Mother's Day and all others who no longer have their mothers here.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Such a blessing to hear your legacy...such an encouragement to me.

I have been so blessed to stop by your blog and read from a Godly woman.

Happy Mother's Day to you,
Janette

Carol Joy said...

OK you got me on this one, I'm over the top here. Thanks for this, it described her perfectly. I miss OUR MOTHER so much. I love you "Chauce!"

xxxxxxx
your sister Carol Joy

Carol Joy said...

p.s. Sorry to write another one here, but this one caught me so off guard, that picture is so HER. Just want to reach out and hug her and tell her how much I love her. Happy Mother's Day to you too....you're a perfect example of what she was. I love you!

xxxxxxx
your sister Carol Joy

Debbie said...

Sonja, you resemble your mother so much! She's beautiful.

I love that she was a nurse. :)

I love that she was a prayer warrior.

I love that she was Norwegian.

I love that she was fun.

I want to meet her when we get to heaven.

I miss my mom too. It's been five years since she went to heaven. I've had a hard time today as I got news that my mother's only brother died yesterday. I had just written my Wednesday's Walk post about his daughters. Who knew? God's timing is perfect though ...

Much love to you my sister.

Love you,
Debbie

Saleslady371 said...

How blessed you were to have this kind of mother who loved so deeply. Your memories bless my heart and oh, the resemblance! Happy Mother's Day.

Tammy said...

Sweet memories of Mom...thanks for sharing.

Happy Mother's Day!

myletterstoemily said...

i linked over to you today!

my kids treated me to dinner last night
for mother's day, because they are all
in the middle of finals, etc.

i laughed so hard that i was crying. i
become inebriated from them. :)

GWENDOLYN said...

Sonja,
Your mother sounds like a beautiful person, how nice to have such a great example of what a Christian woman should be. I am sure she is very proud of the mother and daughter you are.
Happy Mother's Day!!
Gwen xoxo

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom! Every mother's goal is to have a great relationship with her children, and obviously, she did! You are Blessed!

Happy Mother's Day,
Joyce

Single and Sane said...

I came to you from the link on My Letters to Emily, and I'm glad I did. What a wonderful tribute to your mother!

Sassy Granny ... said...

What a fabulous legacy: joy, laughter, humor!

I sure see your resemblance to her, Sonja. I also thought of Rose Kennedy. Your mother's regal features look so much like hers.

Happy Mother's Day!

Kathleen

LisaShaw said...

Dearest Sonja,

What a beautiful tribute to your precious Mother, the "fun one". From what you've shared and I know it's just a glimpse into the beauty of this precious woman; I can see that GOD used her life abundantly.

What a Mother to be proud of!!!! Thank you for sharing her with us today.

You, Sonja are a beautiful heart and I'm sure it's a reflection of both of your praying, GOD-loving parents.

Blessings to you dear friend this Mother's Day and always!!!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful words...

I'm sure your Mother knew of your great love for her..

Thank you for sharing.

Rebecca

Jacquelyn Stager said...

Hi Sonja, you were so blessed with your very special mother. I barely "know" you and yet while reading your post, I did think "I be Sonja is just like her!" Thanks for sharing your beautiful remembrances. I can't wait to meet her also!

Patrina said...

Happy Mother's Day, Sonja! I miss my mama still - it's been 8 years since her passing.

Your mom left you a spiritual heritage - just like your dad - the two of them sounds like a power-packed duo. You are one blessed daughter. Aren't we so blessed to have been raissed in a christian home?

I hope our mamas's are having tea with Jesus today. It's a great fuzzy feeling - knowing that both our mama's are in heaven together.

God bless you, friend
Patrina <")>><
His watchman on the wall

Rita said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful mom. Hope you had a happy Mother's Day.

Just Be Real said...

Beautiful Sonja. Hope you had a great Mother's Day. Blessings to you dear one.

Jackie said...

Hey Sonja! What a beautiful tribute to such a wonderful Godly mama!! You and I have been blessed beyond measure to have such a Godly heritage.....Glory to God!!

Have an abundantly blessed week!

He is Faithful!!
Jackie

Felisol said...

Dear Sonja,
I so do understand you. Love and laughter go so well together. Since I always have been a daddy's girl, I compare my love for him (he went to Jesus three years ago. I miss him every day.)
I love my mother too, we are talking and discussing every day. Funny thing is, that after she had a brain stroke, she got more relaxed, forgiving and thankful than ever before.
She's soon to be 85, and still growing in wisdom and personality. That is a wonder.
Of course I love her too, and I will not even try to imagine the day she will not be there, always reachable for all of us.

I hope the little foxes give you peace for a while now. We are about to replace 9 double glassed windows. The old ones were punctured. Like you I find it takes too much time, energy and money. I just should be thankful we can find money to pay the window maker and the carpenters. After all it's better to have the house repaired while we still are young enough to manage the strain. If we live 10 or 20 years longer, we will still have good windows, and you will have your water tank and fans.
Isn't that a blessing?

Anonymous said...

There was a movie by that name as well - http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Mama-VHS-Irene-Dunne/dp/6304383169