Friday, July 5, 2013

Things My Mother Taught Me

There are times in your life when you take stock of yourself...where you've been and where you're going. This is one of those times for me. I've been on a long journey. It's taken me 38 years to get to this point and I'm finally getting to a peaceful place. The road before me hasn't straightened yet but then, I'm not sure I want it to be straightened completely.

Me, Mom, my little brother, Dougie
Circa 1966
I grew up in the mountains of West Virginia and the curves are a little more exciting than straight, boring roads of interstate all the time.

I was blessed with only fifteen years with my mother but she taught me some valuable things. I would like to share some of them with you. Maybe you'll see some things of your own experience with your mother.

1. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

2. She taught me how to make a proper bed, and then we practiced...every day. ;)

3. She taught me how to keep going when you don't feel like it.

4. She taught me how to iron. I learned on my dad's handkerchiefs and pillowcases.

5. She gave me a love for music...she sang alto, just like me.

6. She instilled in me a love for family.

7. She taught me how to properly fold towels and sheets.

8. She and I "Spring Cleaned" together.

9. When life is darkest...plant flowers.

10. She showed me, by example, how to be faithful to God and His Church.

11. She taught me how to journal the important things, like my children's sayings and their birth records.

12. She taught me how to respect my husband even when I don't agree with him.

13. She taught me how to love your children sacrificially.

14. She taught me that painting your toenails makes you feel better, even if it's just for a little while.

15. She taught me how to die with dignity, with prayer on your lips and praise for your Savior.

Her words are still teaching me today. I found something she wrote in my baby book that I hadn't read in years. She reminded me that God's love is unfailing. Those words are never truer to me than they are at this point in my life. I wrote a post recently about the power of words and how they can heal. Little did I know God would use my mother's words in my own healing.

My mother taught me many things, not only how to take care of myself, my home and my family, but the most important to love God with all my heart. If your mother has taught you anything, and I know she has, never miss an opportunity to let her know you appreciate her. It's the little things in life that mean the most.

For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:5 NIV

Blessings from My Little Corner,


  1. Thanks for this today Cindy. Made me cry. I'd say #13 would be the biggest thing my mom taught me. She sacrificially loved us right through the moment she died.

  2. There's nothing like a mother's love is there? I know your loss is recent so your pain is fresh...I hope writing helps you as much as it has me. There is a release of sorrow in the pen...or pencil in my case!

  3. I love all of these - all of them so important. I needed this today. Thanks so much for writing.

  4. Thanks Katy! It's really helped me to name the things she taught me as I've tried to grieve and let her go. Somehow in the naming, it's made me realize her job was completed and I was not lacking.

  5. This is my most favorite blog you've written. Reading your list made me realize I'm thankful for all of those things as well, concerning my own mom. I tried to choose a favorite from your list, but I love them all. I will say that I particularly loved #14.....made me smile. : )

    1. I'm glad I could make you smile...I remember when she got to where she couldn't paint her toenails anymore and I had to do it I was rather sloppy, I'm sure she thought to herself, "I've got some more work to do with one." She never complained though. I did the best I could for a 14 or 15 year old I guess. Thanks for commenting!