Archive | April 2012

A Rose for Mother’s Day

 

Honoring Mother with a Rose bud.
by Kathy Hinchee Purdy

(First posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11:58pm from http:/katherinepurdy.authorweblog.com)

Mother’s Day is coming up next week and I remember that for years, it was a very sad day because I longed to be a “Mother”. But then the Lord reminded me that it’s not about me – it’s about honoring my Mother!
I remembered Pastor Elbert Yeatts from Colonial Baptist where I was a member for many years. He always wore a white rose on his lapel. I remember once, he said through tears that he wished he could wear a red rose because that would mean that his mother was still alive. The tradition was that if your Mom is alive, you (including men) wear a red rose and if she is with the Lord, wear a white rose in honor of Mother. So, whether you are a Mom or not, lets remember our Moms with a rose this year. I am thankful that John and I both can wear a red rose to honor our Mothers

Are You Ready for Mother’s Day?

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is high above rubies.”

Proverbs 31:10

I want to do something special for our Mothers this year on Mother’s Day but I have a difficult time finding just the right gift. Our mothers have done so much for us through the years. How can we properly thank them for all they have done for us?

My Mom is difficult to buy for. She has an outfit in mind but we can’t find anything that matches her request. When we think we have found exactly what she wants – she says it doesn’t fit right or that it is the wrong color. This always amazes me because she is blind. Apparently, she asks several people about the color and if she doesn’t get the answer she wants, she refuses to wear the item or gives it away.  She loves flowers but fresh cut flowers do not smell like they once did. We gave her a blooming plant for her birthday.

What to do?

Mother Purdy is happy with anything we give her. However, she lives in a small room in a lovely assisted living facility. I know she will be happy with a cross word puzzle book but I wanted to give her something special because she is a very special lady.

And then I remembered the beautiful soaps Karen Lossing makes and sells through the Victorian Rose Soap Company. The molded soaps have raised images which will be good for Mom. She will be able to hold the soaps, feel the pattern. smell the fragrance as she uses the soaps.  She is concerned about her appearance, so the body butter tins will be perfect!

I decided to make a basket or use a decorative box with items from the Victorian Rose items and silk flowers. Pretty, fragrant, sweet and practical. Who could ask for more?

My friend, Karen has lovely items any mother would love to have as a Mother’s Day gift.

Sweetness, softness and nostalgia. A basket filled with handmade goats milk soap, body cream and silk flowers will bring a smile from any Mom!

http://www.victorianrosesoap.com/

“It will be Alright, Child”

The Vision of a Mother’s Heart
From Chapter 40

     Scenes of the night before flashed before Isabel in vivid colors.
At times events moved quickly, and the times when Isabel needed
to move quickly, she seemed to be stuck in quicksand, unable
to move at all. She reached out to pick up her crying brother to
carry him away from the burning house, but she could not reach
him, and the flames inched nearer the child until she could smell
the smoke and hear his hoarse cough. She cried out for help,
but her voice was uncooperative. She screamed, but there was
no sound. Finally, in urgency, she cried out to the Lord for help.
She felt a hand gently stroke her hair.

“It will be alright,
child,” a voice whispered in her ear.

When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee and through the rivers they shall not oveflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned: neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
For I am the LORD God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior…”
Isaiah 43:2-3a  KJV

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Mom’s Birthday

Cake by Ashley's CakesToday is my mother’s birthday.

“Barbara Jane” was born April 17, 1936 and won a baby contest when she was one year old. Her parents, Harry and Isabel gave her a lot of attention and obviously, spoiled her rotten! By the time she was only ten months old, Barbara Jane had a little sister, Shirley Ann. As you can see, she became attached to dolls and became a little Mommy to her baby dolls.

I can still remember her taking me to Lakeside Amusement Park. We rode the "grown-up rides" that twirled, rolled back and forth; causing peals of laughter as Mom tried not to squish me! She smelled like Persian Wood perfume, powder and cotton candy.

Mom loved being a student at Lee Junior High School. She still talks about the friends she made at this cozy school. She can name all of her teachers and especially loved her Glee Club teacher who encouraged her to sing alto.

In 1966, she and Dad Hinchee finally gave me a baby sister

And then a baby brother!

 

Hobbies include

  Cooking

Decorating

Gift Wrapping

Making special occasions extra special!

Rocking babies

                                                                                                     Singing Hymns with her daughters

Three years ago, Mom lost her sight due to a virus. The doctors told her that her sight might return within two years but it hasn’t. She would love to continue doing all of the wonderful things she is used to. Now it is her turn for us to do for her. Dad Hinchee is a remarkable caretaker and we are so thankful for him! He deserves a reward for all that he does.

Now, Mom sits on the porch listening to the birds, smelling her flowers, appreciating the breeze on her face and praising the Lord for the little things often unnoticed.  Her day is filled with Christian radio (BBN) and listening to audio books.

I am sure she is also praying for her children, grandchildren and her two great grandsons!

We surprised her on her seventy-fifth birthday with a party. Family and friends gathered for a wonderful celebration. I wish we could do that every year! Filling the house with laughter and chatter really brightened her spirits.

This reunion reminds me that one day, we will be reunited with loved ones who have

 gone ahead long ago. There will be no more sorrow, no pain, no blindness, no more death but we will see Him, our Savior, face to face. What a wonderful day that will be! Until then, we will rejoice for all that He has given us. His love, salvation, new life, joy, peace, grace for every trial, the sweet fragrance of flowers, the singing of birds, love of our family and for Mom!

We love you, Mom!

Thank you friends for sharing in my mother’s birthday celebration. Mom has made so many birthdays special for us, I couldn’t resist giving her a tribute today.

Until next time,

Kathy