Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Mom

Mommy & Me, circa 1982

Shopping November 2009

Cheering for my brother, Fall 2009
Christmas 2009

Christmas 2010
Moms are so special. Above is my mother, Phyllis. Isn't she stunning? The thing is, her outer beauty is literally just scratching the surface of it all. This woman has such a beautiful heart. She loves her children, her husband and is a supportive friend. Most of all, my mom loves Jesus with all that she is. All. She has taught me so much. And her life is such an example to me of a strong woman. You see, my mom was a single mother for a few years when I was pretty young after my biological father left/divorced us. You hear the stories of young, struggling, single mothers who are on welfare and barely making it. However, my mom broke that mold. She worked so hard to support us, but she was also there. I have to say, those years that she was single were the happiest years of mine and my oldest brother's childhood. We spent time with both sets of grandparents while she worked and on the weekends we all played together. We had so. much. fun. She was and still is, a youthful, playful woman who loves to be involved with her children even as adults! The thing is, she would never take the credit. She's always careful to give God the glory. Another beautiful thing about her.

These days my mom loves to treat me to pedicures and go on shopping trips together. We are such close friends. We talk on the phone mostly every day about anything and everything. Of course, as with every family, it hasn't always been rosy and perfect, and never will be. We have had our differences and share of mother-daughter quarrels, but we work things out and are very close. I am so proud to call Phyllis P. Talley my mother.

To all of you mothers reading this, Happiest of Mother's Day to you!! I hope you feel special and cherished. And to those of you who no longer have your mother, I hope you will spend this day remembering her and the impact she had on your life. And to those who may not have an ideal relationship with your mother, I hope you are able to honor those women in your life, today and always, who have been there for you. A mother certainly doesn't have to be the one who birthed you.

Happy Mother's Day!

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  1. how sweet!!! my mom was also a single mother and i so admire her strength

  2. Your so lucky to have such a great mom. My own mum left when I was 5 and my sister 2 so my dad pretty much single handedly raised us. The way you talk about your mom is how I feel about my dad , he's awesome.

  3. Your mom? You look like sisters! Happy Mother's Day!

  4. Such a great post! Your mom is stunning!!

  5. Your Mom indeed is stunning! :) Happy Mother's Day to her!!!

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  6. Aww so cute! Love this post :)

  7. Your mom is gorgeous! I love that photo of her holding you as a baby! I feel lucky to have a fabulous, hard working mother myself! I didn't get to see her yesterday, but I will soon when the fiancé and I make a trip to Indiana in a few weeks! :)

  8. You're mom is beautiful!! My mom was a strong single mom too and it's so awesome that you can still do all those girly things with your mom! I know my mom is the ultimate BFF! :) Great post girl!

  9. Yay!! Isn't it fun to say fiance?? I am so happy for yoU!

  10. I am sorry to hear about your mom, but I am so glad you have your dad!! What a blessing that he came through!! :)

  11.  Your mom is so pretty.  She has a beautiful smile.
    As you know my mother is with the Lord, I keep her in my heart each and everyday as well as my dad and grandmother. That's the beautiful treasure that never goes away and I will see her and my dad and grandmother again. So I know that but I do shed a tear every now and then.Happy thoughts of good times.

    Thank you for sharing about your mother and the love she has for the Lord. I know that your mom is very proud of you.


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