Friday, April 23, 2010

Near and dear...

...to my heart.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Provervs 31:28

(1965-ish)


No matter that she has gone to be with the Lord...she will always be a large part of our lives.

This past Sunday, April 18th, was her birthday.  In July 2004, she passed away from a brain aneurysm.  I miss her soooo much! I would love to be able to talk, hug, laugh, cry with her... just to be around her right now.  I am so thankful that we do have the photos, videos and amazing things that she created...and the wonderful memories.

(1966-ish)

Here are some N  words that describe her so well:
Nurturing- no matter who you were, she was able to provide a learning, loving environment.
Natural Beauty- inside and out, she was beautiful.
Neighborly- she welcomed anyone and made them feel like a part of the family.
Nice- barely even describes her sweet, thoughtful personality!
Noble- (one site describes Noble as: "possessing outstanding, high, or excellent character or qualities)
Nimble- definitely! One of the later memories I have is when we were visiting their home in the summer, guess who climbed up the top of a willow tree, trimming some branches? Yes! My Mom! 



So...there are Not eNough  words to adequately describe all the amaziNg attributes for my mom, so I have some other ones here (these have  in each :o):



loviNg & kiNd-  
this was just a part of who she was.

geNerous & giviNg- 
anyone who knew her, knows how this was her 100% (growing up, I remember being a selfish pre-teen and asking her, why she was giving "this or that" to someone...she would tell me, we have so much to share.) And not only physical things, but she was always willing to give of her time and talents.

eNergetic!  
~My mom had more energy than I could ever hope to have!  She was always doing something...Never idle!

TaleNted- 
musically, she had a gorgeous voice...
crafts and creating, she really was so gifted and everything she created was amazing!

She could sew(seriously, she had made 15 or more quilts in 4yrs, maybe even less time than that! while I still have so many unfinished quilt tops. for goodness sakes! haha  She blessed all of us with wonderful quilts - later, when it comes to the letter "Q", I'll share some of her quilts that we cherish and use).

Crochet (her needle would go a hundred miles/hour!)

She painted, did lapidary, basket weaving, made ornaments, wreaths,  tatting, embroidery, needle punch, ceramics, etc...and she would "try" a craft and do it so well!  She could look at something and create it.

Cook and bake! Ah...yet another thing that I wish I could pick up the phone and ask her about! She rarely followed a recipe.

Plants & Garden! She was born with a green thumb (actually the success at her plants & garden, more properly reflects someone that had to have had a totally green body!, cuz she would grow things that didnt seem possible!)


I am joining in with Jenny for
ALPHABE-THURSDAY "N"




&
with Alicia for 






~~~~~~~~~~
(My Dad & Mom 1995)

My hubby and I will be driving up to visit my dad in Wisconsin.  My dad doesn't have internet connection, (and also because it takes me about a whole week to do a post!), I will not be joining in with the next Friday Photo Flashback nor Alphabe-Thursday "O"

... I really appreciate all your comments and will be sure to stop by and visit when we are back.

Here are some more drawing orders:
Thank you Jordan for thinking of this for a wedding gift! 
The following is feedback that Jordan left at my Etsy shop: 
"Thank you so much for the order. I sent her a custom idea for the bride and groom. She made it wonderful. Anything you can imagine can be done. Great work. Just need to wait on the gift to be order. I will not hesitate. I have order several time myself. Great price and fair shipping and quick."


This was a gift from a customer to her friend.


This was a thankyou gift.

& last of all... this drawing was done for another customer's mom named DONNA. I share this one with all the moms... Just in case, I don't get a post up by Mother's day
 ~ Happy Early Mother's Day!~



Blessings & Aloha!
~~~~~~~~~~

33 comments:

Amanda said...

Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman. I know what you mean about missing her. I lost my mother to stroke about six years ago, and I still miss her terribly. That must have been especially hard for your little sister, as she is such a young woman.

Natasha said...

What a beautiful tribute to a very special person. Your mum looks like she was so lovely and lots of fun.

I hope that you have a safe trip to your Dad's place.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

What a BEAUTIFUL tribute to your Mom! I couldn't get the slideshows to work:( My Mom will be 80 in June...I can't imagine life without her. Your talent is awesome!
Hugs,
Lynn

Alicia said...

Wow, your mother sounds like she was a phenomenal lady!! She had such a full life, wife beautiful kids and grandkids. I can imagine how much you miss her, and also your dad.

She is beautiful, Maria. Thank you for sharing!

Life With The Boys! said...

The tribute to your Mom was beautiful. I enjoyed the pictures. The first 2 you posted are exceptionally beautiful. I am sorry for your loss, but you seem to have wonderful memories to cherish.

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

You mother sounds amazing and she was simply stunning! I know she's very proud of you Maria :-)

Have a great weekend! Enjoy visiting your father :-)

Jen said...

What a beautiful tribute! Sounds like she was an amazing woman. She's beautiful in those pictures!

2003beachbunch said...

Awesome tribute to your mom!! thanks for sharing!!

Jo said...

what a wonderful tribute to your Mother ... she sounds like she was a wonderful, caring and loving mom, and clearly you picked up on her artistic talents!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Your Mom sounds like a wonderful person and what a beautiful tribute....

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

A beautiful tribute to your beautiful Mom. I enjoyed all the wonderful photographs. You all sure moved around a lot!

Viki said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mom. She sounds like one phenomenal woman. I really enjoyed all the pictures.

Natalie A. said...

Your mother is so beautiful inside and out! I'm so sorry about your mom! I'm so glad that you have wonderful memories of her! Have a great weekend!

http://theadventuresofpaulnatalie.blogspot.com/2010/04/friday-photo-flashback_23.html

Bearly Sane said...

Well Maria, we can all see where your good looks and talent come from now!!

What a lovely post, I so enjoyed reading it.

Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

myletterstoemily said...

what a precious tribute to a beautiful
woman, inside and out!!

Bacardi Mama said...

What a beautiful post. Your mom would be so proud. Have a wonderful time with your dad. See you when you get back.

Jenny said...

First of all, please be safe going to visit your Dad.

Now.

Your Mom was an amazing woman...I see a lot of you in her in the little bit I know you through your blog. Your lovely and compassionate and kind and artistic...and I bet you are so many of the other things that you described in her.

I'm sorry for this sad time of remembrance.

I'm sending you a big hug and some healing prayers.

I hope the time with your Dad helps you!

A+ for your post!

And a big hug for you!

Laurencita said...

I really enjoyed your post. Your mom was an amazing woman, I for myself can not do those things..lol!
I truly believe you missed her so much.

Leslee said...

A very lovely tribute to your Mom, Maria!

I too lost my Mom and find it so difficult to function at times without her! I find comfort in the fact that she is watching over me and guides me daily.

HeatherOz said...

What a beautiful post about your mother. Have a wonderful and safe trip visiting your Dad!

Christy said...

Beautiful tribute to your mom! She was a beautiful woman. The first 2 pictures when she was so young are amazing.

Becka said...

It let me ! It let me!
leave you a comment,"hot dog"

You look just like your mom ,girl.
She is a beauty,
That was a perfect post to honor her by ,& its close to mothers day,
Love you ,Becka

Linda said...

Darn, I caught you're blog too late. We could've made plans for a short visit on your way up or back home. I hope you had a nice visit with your Dad.

cindi said...

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady. It's clear that you inherited some of your traits and beauty from her. Thanks for sharing her with us.

Tina said...

Sorry to be late getting here...It was lovely to learn a bit about your Mom. She sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing a bit about her with us. I hope you have a great trip to visit your Dad.

Midday Escapades said...

Now I know where you get your good looks. Your mother is beautiful! Inside and out.

~ Regan said...

P.S. Have a safe trip to your Dad's- hope you all have a great visit!

~ Regan said...

Everything a Mother should be.. Everything I hope to be.....

This is such a touching post, brought tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry for your loss- when you lose someone this dear to you, it's almost never heals completely, does it?

She sounds like she was a wonderful person- truly beautiful inside and out.

*hugs*

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xinex said...

Your mom was beautiful both inside and out and I can see the big resemblance in you. Your artwork are beautiful...Christine

Happy Gramma said...

"Earth has no sorry that heaven cannot heal."
Won't it be wonderful when we are all gathered in heaven with our Lord and Savior. I may never meet you here on earth but we will spend eternity together!

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Alely L. said...

that was beautiful and you are just as beautiful as she. thanks for sharing.

Steph said...

What a true beauty. I can see where you get it from, inside and out. She sounds like such a very special lady and mother. Her children do rise up and call her blessed. What a precious tribute. I hope you have had a wonderful visit with your Dad.

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