Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tender blessings....




Reflecting over the 20 Mothers days I have been blessed by...


some here in Florida some in New York others in Colorado ...one in Cape Cod.


There was one that truly defined the day.


It was many years ago.


Colin was 6, Quinton 5, Cameron 4 and Olivia just 1.


We lived in a large 4 story 1800's home next to the rambling

Delaware River
We built the fence you see below...and the boys painted it like
Huckleberry Finn one long summer.
There was a tire swing in the pear tree, just out of the picture.
and a fort in the pine tree.




Surrounded by cornfields. Life was beautifully...sometimes painfully slow.


The boys donned homemade capes and mudpuddle boots


as we would walk to the post office each day.


Life was an adventure.


We could swim from Pennsylvania to New York...or walk it.


We lived on what a map would decree was a border from state to state. To us it was a thin river and a bridge. And home.




Ron was away on business that year...the first time ever for mothers day...


I awoke...early... to some noise downstairs in the kitchen.


And before I could get up,


The first little boy came in to my room with a bowl of cheerios floating in milk....


followed, shortly, by another smiling urchin with a glass of orange juice...


followed by a last grinning face carrying some cards...


carefully made the night before (I just found out tonight) with construction paper.




I was undone.




I was touched.




My heart was so full.




My little people made construction paper hearts, made breakfast, kept secrets.


My little people gave me their true heart that morning.


.....and I carry them. Always will. So carefully. So tenderly.




To the mothers...especially mine
to the daughters and sons...to the hoping to be mothers.


I give you cheerios and construction paper cards.


I give you my heart.


Happy Mothers Day

Photos of our old house via: Country Living

41 comments:

The Bliss Journey said...

What a beautiful post, so touching and tender. I wish you the very best of days.
Kathleen

Deborah said...

Oh love! Looking back on the days of little ones, it's easy to forget how some days were 72 hours long...best gift ever...being a mother...being sanded down by a child...being reduced to love. Wishing you the loveliest of Mother's Days. **blows kisses** Deborah

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

That is absolutely the BEST story I have ever heard. May your day be filled with love, joy, and everything your heart desires.

Denise V. said...

What a sweet story. And what a cool home that was.

SILVIA said...

oh how sweet!! i loved this post..have a very happy mothers day ....


silvia.

Joyce said...

Linda, this loving post is beautiful.

I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to be a mom- reading heartfelt moments like this gives me a peak. Thank you for sharing!

May all your mother days be as precious as this one, a bowl full of love and paper hearts.

Happy Mother's Day my dear friend! xoxo

Mrs. B. Silly said...

What more could a mom hope for?
How sweet!
Happy Mother's Day

Ms. Tee said...

What a beautiful, tender post. How sweet that your little ones gave everything they could to show their love! I hope you have a wonderful Mom's Day!

vicki archer said...

So touching...I felt very moved reading your words Linda and can identify with them so well, xv.

Coconut Girl Connie said...

We are so very blessed! Have a wonderful YOU day! I love your blog, your new (or at least new to this MIA person) banner, really great!

Laura Trevey said...

such a beautiful post! and so touching... i love all the special moments like that... mine are 7,10, and 11 now :)

Happy Mother's Day to you :)

mary said...

Loving the images ....mom's love will conquer all and the rewards of cheerios and paper hearts are all we need.
Happy Mothers Day

Renee Finberg said...

i love the house !

and , as for mother's day.....
you deserve all the love and kisses they can give.

xx

Michelle Zuniga said...

Linda, First, thank you for always visiting my blog, Second, thank you for the touching, heartfelt words and phrases and life stories- I absolutely love your blog! One day, we need to talk- I want to find out more- you are so interesting and so talented!

Bless you-

Michelle
Zuniga Interiors

Joyce said...

It's the littlest things our kids do that make our hearts swell. Such a loving post. Happy Mother's day.
Joyce

sealaura said...

dear linda,

happy mother's day! What a sweet story.
enjoy your day.
L

Amy said...

Happy Mother's Day, Sweetie!

Cyndee Greene said...

Oh Linda, it makes my heart sing to read about that Mother's Day & to see pictures of your home then. And to hear of your life! I LOVE it!
Thank you!
Happy Mother's Day my dear one!
Cyndee

Teacup Mosaics said...

A wonderful memory thanks for sharing. Your children gave you a Mothers Day forever. Happy Mothers Day to all.

Michelle Grace said...

How precious! I love that it is one of your favorite mother's day memories. And your home was just gorgeous too!
Happy Mother's Day to you!

Üdo Ümami said...

What a cuddly memory and what a treat to let us curl up in your lap and share it with you! XOXO <3 Üdo

simpledaisy said...

What a lovely story..
Happy Mother's Day!

Julie said...

What a beautiful moment to treasure you lived with your children that special day. I wish you a happy mothers day to you too.

Stephanie said...

Linda,
Your little people certainly touched my heart...

Hope your mothers' day was beautiful and happy with your now not so little people

x..x

dec0r8or said...

What a sweet post, Linda. Happy Mother's Day to you too!!

SarahWhite said...

Precious.
So, precious.

:)

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet!

xo

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

An absolutely beautiful post, Linda!!

Bellamere Cottage said...

What a sweet and dear memory. Thanks for sharing! :-)

Blessings,
Spencer

Lorrie said...

What a beautiful post. It was so serene. Come on over and see my plates I've got up from the women's luncheon...you have a great day.

farmhouse wares said...

You're gorgeous. Sniffle, sniffle.

Farmgirl Paints said...

What a lovely post!

Pam Kersting said...

That was so touching. What a priceless thing to share with us all. Thank you and the happiest of Mother's Days to you!

Debbie said...

Oh how Precious Linda! I was truly touched and would like to wish you a blessed day and a belated Happy Mothers Day.

Blessings - Debbie

anita said...

catching up late due to a crazy happy house full for weekend..
but...did you say your home in ny was in country living? you are one interesting girl!

happy (sweet and easy) day!

Melissa said...

What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it.

And I'm so curious how your old house was featured in Country Living! Was that while you lived there, or since then?

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

It was since then. The woman we sold it to had a bakery in NYC~ Magnolia Cafe...she wrote some cookbooks in the house. I saw one while I was browsing Anthropologie...and saw pix of "OUR" house.

Anyways they did a feature of the house in Country Living...probably 2 years after we sold it. They showed the garden, and I could still see many of the plants I planted...and the wallpaper I hung, and the paint color...It was fun to see.

Sadly...that was supposed to be our "forever" house.It was that house where the kids grew up, and the youngest was born. Peaceful...a whole different way of life. Precious.

But~ Everything works out just the way it should. This place is perfect for now...with my Mom here, just a shorts and flip-flop life. Life is pretty durn good.

Thanks for all the beautiful comments...and I trust Y'all had a wonderful Mothers Day...In it's many incarnations!

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh, THAT was the perfect Mother's Day, indeed! I love how you write.. what a beautiful post - thanks for the memories.

(((hugs))))

Kim

The Tulip Lady said...

Oh love. How blessed to be called mother we are!

joan said...

What a lovely, lovely, charming post! Loved it and loved seeing photos of your old home!
joan

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wonderful post...very sweet!

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