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Mother's Day...

19 years ago I celebrated my very first Mother's Day.
I still remember how nervous I was getting myself ready for church 
that morning; not to mention getting Olivia ready. 

Over the years I have come to LOVE Mother's Day.
I love spending the time with my children and especially
my Colonel; they always make the day very special for me.

There have been quite a few years that the Colonel 
has not been able to celebrate with us, but he always makes sure
the day is special for me.

This picture was taken a few years ago during a visit
to Washington DC.  We're standing in front of the WWII Memorial...

This picture was taken last November...

My love for these two children knows NO limit
and I am blessed beyond measure to have them call me MOM.

I love you Olivia and Michael.

Psalms 127:3

"Children are a heritage from the Lord..."

Proverbs 31:28

"Her children arise and call her blessed..."

Thank you LORD for blessing me.

I hope and pray you all are having a wonderful
Mother's Day!  

Today I am joining Think on These Things over at Lorraine's Blog.  Come join us!  


  1. Happy Mother's Day, Lois! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

  2. Thank you for sharing the photographs, they were beautiful! Have a beautiful Mother's Day! :)

  3. Lois,

    My first Mother's Day was spent with my daughter and a friend because my husband was TDY. He was in Jordan and I didn't get a phone call or a card. Now I figured that the line for the phone was long and he would call in a couple of days or due to how the mail runs I would get a letter or a card in a day or so. Jim returned about ten days after Mother's day. I recieved a card on Father's Day. The excuse for the long wait was that he used an Army mailing system and I couldn't read the cancellation mark to tell if he was being honest with me or not. (Yes, he does lie to me some times.) Oh, well, you have to be patient in military life and some times holidays have to get moved. You know?
    The next Mother's Day we were in England and Jim was off that day. He called his mother and spent an hour on the line speaking with her. By the end of the day I still had received nothing. And I wasn't happy. Jim asked me finally "What's wrong with you?" And I said, "You know, flowers would have been nice but they are expensive and just die so it is OK that I didn't get any. And a card would have been nice but with the hours you work I can see why you didn't get me card. But, to be off all day and not even say "Happy Mother's Day", that I have a problem with!" The next day I went Shopping! And when I came home Jim said to me, "Wow! You spent a lot of money and I thought you said money is tight right now?" I said, "It is. But from now on it is $100 a word." "What?" "HAPPY, MOTHER'S, DAY - three words; three hundred bucks! And from now on any time you "forget" my birthday, our anniversary, Christmas, Valentine's Day, or Mother's Day it is $100 dollars a word!"
    Lois, he has never forgotten anything ever since! I don't need gifts; all I have ever asked for is a sincere _____. (fill in the blank) I don't think that that is too much to ask for.
    On a happier note, Jacquelyn is the best gift I have ever recieved. To be blessed with her is more than I ever would have or could have asked for.
    And now that I've written a novel for you to read I want to share the recipe I finally got to try today. It is for a rub to put on a brisket or a nice piece of beef. I use a pork butt because it was cheaper and my family loved it. Definitely a keeper for us.
    Hope you try and like!

    2 Tbsp paprika
    2 Tbsp garlic powder
    1 Tbsp celery salt
    1/4 cup kosher or sea salt - I used regular table salt
    1 tsp cayenne pepper
    2 Tbsp chili powder
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 Tbsp dry mustard
    2 Tbsp onion powder
    2 Tbsp black pepper

    Mix together and rub on meat. Spray with apple juice in a mister bottle and recoat with rub. Refrigerate over night or at least four hours. Cook on smoker or over indirect heat for 6-8 hours until meat reads 192 on thermometer. 225-240 on grill or smoker.
    I rubbed only once, skipped the apple juice and the marinade time and simply cooked it in the oven until the temperature was 175. Very tender and fabulous flavor!
    I hope you have the best Mother's day ever and your Mother is doing well.


  4. Beautiful photos! and your thoughts on motherhood, are so precious!
    Enjoy this most "Special Day".

  5. I loved your pictures...such cute kids and such a blessed mama! Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating! HUGS

  6. You have a beautiful family, lovely post. Have a very happy Mother's Day!

  7. Happy Mother's Day, Lois.
    You have shared such sweet memories of your first Mother's Day and the photos ... beautiful!

  8. You truly are blessed. Thanks for sharing the photos and I wish you a blessed day.

  9. Love seeing these wonderful photos! Happy Mother's Day to you!!

  10. Happy Mother's Day. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Your photos are just amazing! I am so in love with them!

  12. I can see the smiles!
    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Love, sandie

  13. Sweet children and adorable photos! I sure have enjoyed getting to know them these past few year since reading your blog. Thank you much for sharing on Think on These Things :)

  14. Hi Lois,
    Hope you had a wonderful day hon.
    thanks for coming over to wish me a
    Happy Mother's day! I so appreciated that. I have had such a wonderful weekend, it has really been fun and sweet.
    Hope Olivia got home fine, so am thinking this relationship might be sort of serious, eh???
    Going to meet the family and all.
    This was a lovely post and great pictures of you and the kids.

    Take care sweetie,
    Love and Blessings, Nellie

  15. Love those old pics! Happy Mother's Day!

  16. Beautiful pictures! Happy Mother's Day to you!

  17. Very sweet post. Yes, you are blessed. Beautiful family! Have a happy week, Lois.

  18. Isn't being a mom just the greatest? Happy Belated Mother's Day to you!


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