Wednesday, December 17, 2008




Today is my Mom's birthday, in the photo above she is 16 yrs old. She has been gone from us for 19 yrs now, this is not a good week for me I have been  in a not so jolly mood. Just two days after her 57 th birthday she passed away at home. It was just a few days before Christmas that she was laid to rest.  I have been missing her a lot this year as well as my Daddy.

Mom was a firm one, she laid down the law. When she said something  that was it. But she did have a great Loving heart. She raised 5 kids three boys and two girls, poor Mom we were not the best most times. But she handled it pretty well. She worked of years at the Hospital as a CNA. Then she was a EMT she loved that except for how fast the EMS had to go, she said that it was a scary ride. She did not believe in babysitters, she always said that no one else was going to raise her kids, so she always worked shifts so she could be home for us. We always had a hot breakfast before school, and a great dinner when we came home.  I have so many stories of her that it would be a very long post, so I will just use a few.

When Mom would work on weekends Daddy was to keep and eye on us, right, well he would take us out to his brothers farm and we would spend the whole day there, then he took us home before she did.  Mom did not know about this for years, and when she did well lets just say that Daddy was in the dog house.. I had no idea she never new we went out there every weekend.  smile ..... 

In our family we have a on going joke, that when we would have family picnics  some one always for got the bake beans. So you all understand  every time we would go on a picnic Mom would always for get the bake beans, and she would yell stop!!!  I Forgot The Bake Beans...  not sure why it was always the bake beans, hmmm.   I remember the day she got her first sewing machine, she was so excited, she would sew clothes and pillows. And boy could she knit she knitted  baby sweater sets for her grandkids they were just beautiful.  One Christmas she had really wanted a Motorcycle she loved to ride them, so Daddy bought her one, he was going to bring it in the house and set it by the tree,  well guess who told her what she was getting.......  yep it was me,,,  I gave her a clue that she new what it was,  boy was I in trouble that Christmas. 

Saturday, October 13, 2001 (Image #8)

Mom is holding Jason my brother's son with my sisters son Chad in the background.  This was taken at my former husbands home, so many years ago.

Saturday, October 13, 2001 (Image #9)

Now this one is of Mom with my son Dustin he did not like his photo taken, and still dose not like it. So Mom chased him until she caught him. I love this one.. She so loved all of her grand children, and she had many...  But she did not get to see her first great grand child, my niece Jenny was pregnant with her first born Brittany who was born in March. She was almost finished with the sweater set for her when she passed, my sister found some one who could finish it for Jenny so she could bring Brit home in it. It was a very special time for us all and a sad one. Christmas was a favorite time for Mom she would really get into it. In the stores she would shop and sing Christmas Carols  lol poor Daddy he would just walk away. ha ha  She had the huge glass Brandee Snifter to put hard Christmas Candy in never missed a Christmas where there was none I think that is the only time she would let us have candy. During Halloween she would go though our bags when we were asleep and take out all the gum we did not get to chew gum, and Dad would eat our popcorn balls, so we finally got smart and would eat them before we got home. lol

Saturday, October 13, 2001 (Image #3) 

This photo was taken at Jennys wedding, Mom is with Jenny's Dad.She was so happy to see her first grand child get married.

There were times that I did not get along with her, but we had times where we were great friends. She loved to fish, so hubby would take her fishing some times they would be out all night fishing for Walleye, which she caught quite a few. Mom's very first Brown Trout we had it mounted for her, and hubby still has it in his room.  My Mom loved being out side she would have a large garden and would can and freeze veggies. She loved flowers too, always making sure she had some planted for summer.

Saturday, October 13, 2001 (Image #6) 

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM we miss you so much and love you lots.  I do have peace that she is with our Lord and all the family who have passed since, It gives me great comfort. I hope I did not bring any one down with my post, that was not what I meant to do, I wanted to share some of my memories of her. 

I want to Thank you all for your kind and sweet comments and taking the time to visit.  I hope you all keep stopping by from time to time, and let me know you were here... God Bless




Jan and Tom said...

What a fine tribute to your precious mom! and dad!

Susie Q said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your Mom Alaura. She is with you always and what sweet memories to hold on to.
Blessings sweet lady.


Becky said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mom!

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Alaura! Oh, what a sweet tribute to your mother! I am glad you shared some sweet stories with us! I also hope you're not too sad today. She'll always live in your heart!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Dawn said...

That was a wonderful tribute to your mother. It was so touching and full of love. I know no matter how long she has been gone that she fills a spot in your heart that will never leave you.

Happy Birthday to your mom.


take care,

Pink Slippers said...

I'm sorry for your hruting heart....
Your memories of her are beautiful and inspiring to me. Her beliefs raising her children and your Dad's adventures with all the children. Looks like she left behind a wonderful legacy.

beth at aunties said...

It was a beautiful tribute to your mom:) 57 is too is the age of my friend who pased away 2 years ago who I miss dearly.

Isn't it wonderful to KNOW we will see them again and they are not far away.

Thanks for sharing the sweet memories of your mom and your dad...

Merry CHRISTmas!

artis1111 said...

Your mom sounds like a beautiful woman. My mom and dad are both gone , and it makes it hard at Christmas. Dads birthday is Christmas day. Kathy

laurie said...

Thank you for the nice note you left in my blog. This was a very touching post. It's wonderful that you have all those memories and photos. laurie

Lisa Brown - Vintage Sweet Peas said...

Hi alaura! My father passed away in 2005. When I think about it tears just come to my eyes. I guess I just thought it would never happen and a week before I was to be married he passed. I feel blessed because he was able to meet my husband to be and know that someone would take care of me. But, I miss him so much and I feel your sadness. I'm so grateful there is a heaven and that it is a wonderful place, cuz,my dad is fishing up there with his best friend Charlie Malone, and maybe your mom too!!! Big Hugs, Lisa

Lisa Brown - Vintage Sweet Peas said...

OOOOO, and Thank You! for the sweet christmas :)

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Always nice to hear from you! I too have lost my parents but I try to honor them as much as I can, and you did a fine job here! We can't live forever, but our memories do! Merry Christmas and blessings so bright!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Alaura,
What a wonderful tribute post to your mom. You shared a lot of special stories with us - thank you.

I didn't take your post as a bringing down type of post. It's good to "talk" about it and remember the ones we love. My dad's been gone 19 years too and I know what it's like around that time of year. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Gilbamar said...

I loved this sweet tribute to your beloved mom, Alaura. Congratulations!


Gilbamar de Oliveira

Darlene said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mom. It sounds like she was an awesome person. Just a lovely post!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

What a loving tribute to your special mom.
Today would have been my (first) husband's birthday, we also lost him at Christmas-time, so I know the mixed feelings the holidays can bring.
(((((hugs to you)))))

Neabear said...

That is beautiful. You have some wonderful memories of your mother. That is really special to have those memories. Thank you for sharing your mother with us.

jeanne said...

Alaura, I love your beautiful mom's tribute. Your family life sounds alot like mine. We called our dad daddy until he passed. Our mom was also stern and her word was law. The love in your family is obvious. Your trips to the farm sounds like so much fun. We lived on a farm and loved it.
I love the story behind it. I always say never tell your husband anything he doesn't need to know. In this case it was reversed. LOL.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories and your photos too. I loved them.

Alaura, I believe you left me a very sweet comment about our Babette. I couldn't link to you. Thank you so much for your kindness.