Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Inspired by You Wednesdays

The blogger I choose for inspiration this week blogs over at Momma James (see my side bar under family). True to her title she is my Momma and just began her own blog this week.

There are so many ways that my Momma inspires me, mostly though, it's the eternal service and unconditional love she exemplifies.

Momma is the biological Mom to 11 children,which explains why she's underwhelmed with my seven. I am her oldest so have benefited the longest from the wisdom she has knocked lovingly instilled into each of us. My Mom has 51 grandchildren (she would be scandalized if I forgot the grandchild by marriage) with one on the way and one great grandchild on the way.

My Moms, Mom was a quilt maker, everyone of her grandchildren had a quilt made by Grandma. My Mom has continued this tradition with a passion. Not only does each of her children and grandchildren have a quilt made by her but many of our friends and their babies (did I mention there are 11 of us), many of our spouses family members (that's 10 more) and their babies, every new baby at church, and hundreds of quilts made and donated to humanitarian projects all over the world.

This year for Christmas I started two quilts for my two big boys. Like most of my sewing projects I could see exactly, in my minds eye, what I wanted but had no idea how to get there. I began ripping denim and but that was about as far as it got, my Mom came to my rescue and did it for me instructed me every step of the way. Now here is the inspirational part, she gave me all the credit. To her, they are my quilts I made by me for my boys. Pretty amazing huh?

This has been her pattern my whole life. Now here is something even more inspirational, she comes to me and asks for my help with the things that she taught me to be good at,no not sewing, talk about reinforcing what you teach. Wow! Here's hoping I'll be half as amazing a Mom as she is.

Thanks Mom, for inspiring my life.

By the way her Birthday is on the 30th. She loves Hershey Bars with almonds!


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Susan Love ya, MOM

Sigh! I still don't know how to send a comment except as anonymous.

Mummy McTavish said...

I can't remember what I was going to comment (are you noticing a theme with my comments here???) because I just read your mums comment and I thought

"awwww, she's so cute!!!"


Lynn said...

Your Mom is a true Wonder Woman !
You are one lucky woman to have such a great Mom !

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

Yay! for awesome moms! BTW, her comment just cracked me up. Funny and talented!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Octamom said...

What an amazing lady! Would love to see some pics of her quilt creations some time!


Queen to my 3 Boys said...

That's really beautiful.

I've heard people say that you can't have a large family and build intimate bonds - there are just too many. I thought it was hogwash before and your post reinforces that.

Your mom sounds like one of those people whose children and grandchildren all secretly think that you're her favourite. What a great mom!

Oh, and I saw her 'sigh' on her comment. Sounds like some relatives I have that are trying out this 'new blog thing'. Made me smile.

Grannysaurus said...

Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog, but I have to tell you that anyone who can raise that many boys has my unconditional admiration. I have 2 girls and 1 boy and the boy was (is) a LOT more work. He is married and nearly 22 and still has me worried what he will do next.

Willow Tree said...

WOW, what a legacy; Beautiful Post!

Blessings, Carolynn

PS, I can't even sew a button on, lol!

...they call me mommy... said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog!
Great advice about picking one thing a day! I've been doing that pretty much, except on the quilting projects...I work on that whenever I can!

Blessings! :)

Barbaloot said...

Wow! That is incredible. My grandma was a quilter and made quilts for all of her grandkids before she passed away. The one she gave me is one of my most favorite possessions.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Such a wonderfully touching tribute to your Mom. Amazing that you have such a large extended family. You are a lucky woman in many, many ways.


Annie said...

...and I bet it smells like cotton candy.

Valerie aka Mamalovelock said...

That's awesome!!! What a wonderful tribute! Also good for you for making quilts!!

mandi said...

Your mom IS amazing!! She brought us a quilt for Oliver and it's so warm and cute - we use it every night! What an amazing woman. Paul is so grateful to have choir at her house every week, too. We love you Mary!

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