Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Being A Mama

I could have made this post about the 4 1/2 ft Timber Rattler that my hubby killed yesterday in our front yard...but I will spare you the details and the photos. 
Just thinking about it gives my the hibbie jibbies again.
Or I could make it about the storms last week again by letting you know that
Jackie and his crew from Pea River Electric Co-op made their way to north Alabama today to help with rebuilding power lines and restoring power to those who have been without since last week's tornados ravaged our state. 
We are slowly recovering with God's blessings and by helping each other.
But this is more like what my post should be about:
 I’m feeling the spirit of Mother’s Day which is upon us. It is a special honor just to be called Mama, Momma, Mom, Mother…not everyone gets that miracle.  When doctor’s told me that I would never get pregnant…God gave me that special honor and privilege.  Without having had my daughter, I might not have ever been called Mama.  He trusted Holly into my care, my love, my teaching, and my nurturing...for me to raise His child.  This is probably the highest blessing He could have given me;
to feel and know a love like no other.
The love only a mother knows for a child.


I hope and pray that I did a good job as a Mother in His eyes and that He looks down on us and smiles.  I know I made mistakes, screwed up and did not make the right choices sometimes; there are times I wish I could go back and have a redo…but through it all He pulled me out of the ditch, wiped the slate clean and we started fresh from there each time.

 Holly and her love for kitties....

Baby Holly

 I look at Holly now, as an adult, and I see a beautiful child…I am pleased.  She makes me smile with joy.  It is my hope now that through her eyes she sees me as a good Mama, one who loves her unconditionally, one that she can be proud of, one that she respects, one that she can turn to at anytime and know that I will be there.  One that will not judge her.  
She told me once that I loved her too much…
Bahahaha….how can you love someone too much?

Holly and my Mama in New Orleans

And even though my own Mama and I do not see eye to eye sometimes… I still love her too.  I know that she is there for me.  Our disagreements allow me to challenge myself, to rethink things and situations.  Our differences allow me to look at my own life and reevaluate my choices, values, and morals.  I am more like my daddy, although we have our own differences and beliefs too.  Sometimes I think that maybe I was adopted!! Haha…just kidding.  I got my talents from Daddy and my Christian values from my Mama.  So for that…I thank them and the good Lord!

Holly and her hubby love~Richard

Holly's 25th Birthday
with her Daddy, his Mama, and My Mama

Holly and her grands!

Holly at the Hoover Dam Lake

Holly's most recent self portrait and a new hair cut!
Soooo cute!!

My Mama and one of my nieces

Holly gets her talents from me and her athletic abilities from her daddy.  What a mix!  A perfect one to me… *smiling*  I’m proud to be a Mama!  I’m proud to have had the chance to mother a child and in doing so I became a different person myself.  When you can give more to your child, always putting them before yourself, you begin to reconsider what is important in your life. Certain things do not matter anymore; other things get put on the back burner for later.  A child’s young years are fleeting; they escape us quickly, in the blink of our eyes. BUT…now that Holly is an adult child…I have a best friend, a buddy, and someone that can take me for what I truly am.  We understand each other; love the same things, places to go, and things to do.  
And we love to have fun!
She’s a little chunk of me! 
I’m a lucky blessed Mama!

Celebrating my Mama, my Mother-n-law, and being a Mama myself!
I hope and pray that Holly will have a chance to know and become a Mama herself one day...and we all know what that means...I'll be a Grammie!

Psst....I get to see Holly next week end!! YaY!


Julie Harward said...

Beautiful post and tribute to mama's and daughters...your Holly is a beauty and you two do look a lot alike! Happy Mothers day my friend. :D

Becca said...

Beautiful photos here...Holly at Hoover neck of the woods, I live in Las Vegas. Hope you have a lovely Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

I Love this Cora. Being called Momma is such a Blessing, a Blessing that I thought I would never have. Thanks for writing this!
One more thing.... your daughter is beautiful and so are the pictures you posted!
Shari Harris

Country Whispers said...

What a beautiful post!
Being a Momma is one of the most important jobs ever and I too am so thankful for opportunity to be one.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Happy Mother's Day to everyone because...all of us women are "mothers" to someone out there! ♥

Anonymous said...

Wow Cora-- I am impressed..... you are THE most talented person I know. Your photos of Holly and family are awesome. And your words made me cry. Happy Mother's Day my friend. I hope you enjoy having her with you even for a little while-- can't imagine being a long distance mother. I admire you. She's beautiful- just like her "mama".....
Susan Pittman

Char said...

what a beautiful tribute to Holly. I'm sure it brought a tear to her eye. :) i know she feels the same about you.

Sares said...

What an amazing post Cora. The love of being a Mother just shines through with each and every word. I am so happy to read you and your family are all safe. How devastating these tornados were. So terrifying and destructive and here I have been complaining about rain. Everyone has been in my prayers as they face the struggles ahead.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Cora~ what a joy it was to catch up with you in reading such a lovely tribute to motherhood. It truly had me longing for my own mother who I miss disparately with each passing day. I'm so grateful for the things she instilled in me...the perfect reminder of the wonderful mother she was to me.
Sweet wishes,

Tracy said...

Touching tribute to Mothers. I know that you're as good as Mom as your posts, writing and photo taking abilities are!!

Thanks for the reminder of what a privilege it is to be a mother!

You'll LOVE being a's the BEST!

Poca Luna said...

Such a lovely blog post, I'm not a mother and my mother is living in Glory but I value all the love I have received from the many wise and wonderful women in my life. Happy Mother’s Day to you and thank you for all the beauty you show the world through your blog.

Anonymous said...

Cora, I just read your blog, the piece about Mothers and the photos were awesome. Each year your talents just get better. Pray that you have a wonderful Mothers Day and that you and Holly make wonderful memories. Praying for all the victims and the wonderful people who are helping them!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU........

Judy Johnston

holly said...

Thanks for the beautiful post. It touched my heart and you are such a great and loving momma! Cant wait to see you next week. loves you!

Anonymous said...

you have a beautiful daughter, and you are a beautiful blessed mama! happy mother's day.

blessedmom's simple home said...

What a beautiful post. You truly are a blessed mom ;-)

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

I'm so glad I stopped by today. Your pictures left me breathless, as did your love --- it just oozed out of your post and photos. How special your family is. I'm one of those you talk about --- I never had the blessing of children, and my Mom died when I was eight years old. So I REALLY can appreciate the tight knit family thing and the love between a mother and daughter, only because I did NOT have it. But you know, God has a way of filling those needs with women who have come along in my life at just the right times. And whenever Mother's Day comes around, I think of them and thank God for all they meant in my life. And I'm one who is a cheerleader for Moms who really love their kids and give them their heart. Have a wonderful Mother's Day, Cora. It's YOUR day!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

What a beautiful post honoring these women.

Christina said...

oh goodness, this is beautiful. oh holly, you are a lucky gal!
happy mothers day, my dear friend. where would i be without you. ; )
love you to bits.

Rebecca said...

The most beautiful Mother's Day post I've come across. Lovely girly. Your girl looks JUST LIKE YOU!

Blessings. Hope your day was LOVELY!


Angie Berry said...

Very touching Cora! You brought tears to my eyes with your sweet words of endearment for the women in your life. Holly is so beautiful... that she gets from you!