On May 8th I posted about the treasures in my life and decided to expand on each of those treasures for the next few Treasure Tuesdays. This week I want to share the fourth of the treasures on my list:
My Mother and Father
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. –Exodus 20:12
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. —Abraham Lincoln
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. —Tenneva Jordan
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. —Sophia Loren
I no longer have my Mom because the Lord took her home five years ago, but I always love sharing this favorite photo of her. This version is “enhanced” with my image so you can see the resemblance:
Don’t you just love Mom’s fabulous smile? Here are some other photos of her:
Our family waaaay back in 1995
Mom relaxing after dinner
Mom and grandson Daniel
A couple of years before the Lord took Mom home
I miss my Mom but she is in a much better place, probably dancing and laughing joyfully with Jesus.
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Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. —Bill Cosby
There are three stages of a man’s life: he believes in Santa Clause, he doesn’t believe in Santa Clause, he is Santa Clause. —Unknown
To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. —Euripides
Dad worked hard to provide for our family and I’ll always be grateful for that. We didn’t have many luxuries but we had the necessities and a few things more. I don’t ever remember feeling deprived, but that’s probably because there was so much love to go around.
Dad lives in Florida and is flying here to visit Rick and me next month. Because of health problems on my end, I haven’t seen him since Son Alan’s wedding in 2010, so we’re really looking forward to his visit.
Here are more photos of Dad:
Me & Dad at the Grand Canyon
Dad hamming it up on the Grand Canyon excursion
Dad & Rick geared up for a ride
Relaxing after dinner
As I said before, Dad worked hard to provide for our family but now he gets to relax and spend time with each of us. As you can see from the photos, he loves having fun so I’m wondering what fun things we’ll do on his next visit here.
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Parents have a huge role in shaping our lives. We alternately look to them for guidance while seeking to assert our independence. We want their approval and blessing at the same time we think we know better or more than they ever could. I am ever thankful for the treasures of my Mom and Dad. They taught me the value of a solid work ethic, patterned the “waste not want not” attitude that still guides me today, and showed me what family togetherness is all about.
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. —Proverbs 1:8-9
Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. —Proverbs 23:22
Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice. —Proverbs 23:25