I am not generally one to look back - there is so much to look forward to! But as I sat at my son's lacrosse game yesterday, I saw so many grandparents and I missed my mom. My mother moved to our town thirteen years ago when I had my second child. It was wonderful to have her and it was very good for her too. My father died very young - in his mid-40s. At the time, he was a well-respected high school principal and the town honored his life by naming the high school gymnasium after him. My mother lived many years in that town with those memories - and it wasn't always happy.
My mom truly blossomed when she moved here. She had two young grandchildren to play with. When she wasn't playing in the park or taking them for ice cream, I introduced her to card-making. (For those that know both of us - I started her in card-making!!) She quickly started our church card-making ministry which became a huge part of that church - and the community, as once people knew that there were racks of cards there, the church got regular visitors! She was also a Close to My Heart consultant. Creating cards became her life.
When she died unexpectedly almost six years ago - I knew that I would miss her, but I cannot say I mourned her. She was a strong Christian and I knew that she had missed my father for over half of her life.
She had become such an important part of the church, that church members could not believe she had only been part of that church for only seven years. The church memorial service was postponed almost a month because the choir was doing a European tour but they couldn't imagine not singing at her service. The service was followed by a potluck meal with fried chicken because it was well known that she never missed a good Lutheran potluck!! We also celebrated her life when all of the church card-makers gathered at her home and raided her stash! Her stamps, papers and supplies got a new life with each of these card-makers and the church card-making ministry continued.
I love you mom...
Happy Anniversary Dynamic Duos!!
- Stamps: My Favorite Things Pretty Poppies
- Paper: Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade, Basic Black
- Ink: Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade
- Accessories: My Favorite Things Pretty Poppies dies and Fishtail dies, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, Divine Twine Black Licorice, Spica Glitter Pens in Black and Pitch Black
I enjoyed reading your heartfelt blog post today. I am so sorry that you have lost both parents already.ReplyDelete
I am so emotional today thinking of my daughter and son-in-law who have been struggling with infertility the last 4 years and I know today will be a very difficult day for them and added to that is the loss of his Mom this past year.
On a happier note your card is stunning!!! Thanks for joining in the celebration.
Your card is lovely, Kim! Your mom sounded like an awesome woman and I'm sorry you lost her. It's wonderful to have so many happy memories of her. I do hope you have a happy Mother's Day!ReplyDelete
A beautiful card in honour of the memory of your Mum who sounds like she was loved by many, not least by you. I'm sorry you miss her but am glad that she left such a fabulous legacy and many lovely memories. ZxReplyDelete
Kim a wonderful story of your Mom, I know you must miss her! Beautiful card today and thank you for sharing with us thisi week at Dynamic Duos!ReplyDelete
Kim, what a wonderful story about your Mom. Thank you for sharing. Your card is simply stunning.ReplyDelete
beautiful card. thanks for sharing the stories. Happy Mother's Day.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing part of your mom with all of us. What a comfort to know that she is waiting for you in heaven! Being a Lutheran, I had a soft chuckle at the pot-luck part...Your mom was smiling down I'm sure. It's hard to live here without our moms, but I know that eternity with them is so much better. Blessings to you on Mother's Day. BevReplyDelete
A beautiful card Kim, and a wonderful family story - memories of our loved ones never fade, nor should they.ReplyDelete
Hugs, Sylvia xx
What a sweet, sweet tribute to you Mom. Your card is so stunning. She surely would have loved it.ReplyDelete
What a lovely post Kim and such a beautiful card in remembrance of your mom. XxReplyDelete
Your comment about a good "Lutheran pot luck" brought a smile to my face Kim, since I am also Lutheran :)ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss and I can relate, since both of my parents have passed.
On a happier note...your card is absolutely stunning! That color combination is so striking and you've used it beautifully. I'm so glad you joined us at Dynamic Duos this week. So fun to have a former DT member playing along!
Wonderful words about your mom, thank you for sharing Kim. Your card is striking and very elegant. I am sad about these two colours retiring too. Loved having you on the inaugural team my friend.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing the memories of your Mom. I hope you are enjoying your Mother's Day. Love your card ~ the poppy is absolutely gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Love that Poppy..... Gorgeous stamp and colours....
Hugs Sylvie xxx
Ok...so now I read your blog posting and am going to comment here too. :)ReplyDelete
Love what you said. Love that you continue card making (it's a ministry you know). Cards have written words that you can't say with your spoken voice. That's a gift Kim..one that you and your mom shared. Cherish it. God's glory on this beautiful spring day.
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I'm so glad I stopped by your blog today, Kim. What a wonderful tribute to your mother. I know you miss her every single day....I miss my mother, too...she's been gone for 5 years. I still feel her presence and I know she lives on but I miss seeing her face and hearing her voice.ReplyDelete
And lastly, your card is just lovely. So very pretty.
Kim, such a touching and beautiful story about your mom. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. You card is so sweet and I love your poppies and your flower centers are just as amazing as your card. Happy Mother's Day!ReplyDelete
Isn't it lovely to have Mother's Day each year to give us a reason to reflect! TFS your lovely story! Hope you had a lovely time with your boys on Mother's Day. Love the colours you chose. I was wishing PP had replaced Real Red. Hgs xxxReplyDelete
Kim, I came here because of your beautiful card, but you've given me so much more with that beautiful story of your Mom! I love that you're joining in at Dynamic Duos to celebrate the anniversary! I would love to see you visiting every week. ;-) I predict that Poppy Parade will come back into the colour line-up. I can't imagine why it was ever dropped. I was distraught!ReplyDelete
Beautiful card, Kims, beautiful thoughts. It's wonderful that you recognize how blessed you were to have such an awesome mother!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous card and wonderful words about your mother. My mom passed away in 1986, and even after all these years, Mother's Day is still difficult for me. I loved your comment about the fried chicken and the Lutheran potlucks: I'm Lutheran, too, so I completely understand!ReplyDelete
Hi Kim. A beautiful card and a beautiful post. I loved reading about your Mum and your pride shines through. Love poppies and this one is particulary eye catching. xReplyDelete
Beautiful post and card, Kim! HUGS! ♥ReplyDelete
What wonderful words, Kim, and what a blessing to have had such a special Mum in your life, and in the lives of your family and friends. A beautiful, beautiful card! Anita :)ReplyDelete
What a beautiful card and a wonderful tribute to your Mom! My Mom's been gone for 35 years and I still miss her. Especially at Mother's Day! I hope your boys made you feel as special as you are.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful card and what a beautiful blog post! Thanks for sharing this with us. You are blessed having had a mother like that!ReplyDelete
Kim, your mother sounds like she was a very special lady. I feel very fortunate that you shared these special memories here. The vibrancy of the colors on your card seem to match the vibrancy of her personality and this is a wonderful homage to her.ReplyDelete
I hope you had a wonderful mother's day!
Your card is beautiful and so is your story about your Mom. I'm sure both she and your father are watching over you from heaven <3ReplyDelete
It's lovely to read your memories of your Mum, it's wonderful that you had her so close to you in her latter years and were able to share in your faith and hobbies together.ReplyDelete
Your card is touching and beautiful... poppies are my favourite :0)
What can I say... big hug across the airwaves. I'm thinkin' you're doing a pretty good job of filling her shoes...ReplyDelete
Oh, and this poppy. It rocks.
Absolutely stunning card. The scoring on the side is so elegant. A beautiful creation and a beautiful post. Glad you came back to visit at Dynamic Duos!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous card Kim and thanks for sharing...moms can never be replaced can they, but we have our lovely memories always and they live forever in our hearts :) Viv xxReplyDelete
Reading the story that goes together with this card makes your card so much more powerful. It's a beautiful card and a beautiful story :) it sounds as though your mother had a blast with you, your family and your church and I imagine she is doing the same now with your father ;) I think that gives you something to look forward to as well, just not in the near future! ;)ReplyDelete
gorgeous...perfectly stamped and laid out...and I adore that embossed edge.ReplyDelete
Your mother sounds wonderful ! I'm so glad she found some happiness when she moved to your town after your father died. I am sorry for your loss Kim.ReplyDelete
The poppies on this beautiful card are gorgeous with that center and bright color.