The Solid Rock of my family
I just thought that I would share some loving memories of growing up with my mom, Catherine Stewart. All I can say is that she was the best mother anyone could ever have. My mother was one of those women who was raised in the south by my strong, hard working grandparents.
Mom not only raised me, but she raised my 3 older sisters as well. Mom used to cook large meals for us as well as for my aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends and they loved it! On Fridays, she would cook up some of her catfish with spaghetti and salad, our house would be packed. Our guests was always taking a plate to go. My mom loved to listen to music while she did her cooking and cleaning around the house. Of course, us four girls was always around to help out. Whenever she made her desserts, we would all take turns licking the bowls.
As mom grew older, she started to attend church services quite frequently. She enjoyed this very much. Mom very much still loved to cook those big Sunday dinners. Mom was the pastor's aide as well as the usher at her church. She took great pride in her church duties until her health started to decline.
Unfortunately, mom passed away in January of 2006. Her death left a big void in our hearts and it still does to this very day. But as time go on, we have learned to appreciate the life lessons instilled in us by our mother. It's funny how some of the things that she used to say still ring in my ear today. So many times, I wished that I had listened to her instructions, but as young folks, we always want to go out & live our own lives. One thing I can say about Mom, she did not put up with a lot of foolishness when it came to raising her children. Her firm voice and stern ways kept us in line, and I thank her for that.
The love that I feel for my mom, I'm passing that same love down to my children in hopes that they would know what it feels like knowing that their mother loved and cared for them.
Mom, I dedicate this writing in your memory. Just know that you have touched so many lives during your stay with us on this earth and for that we are forever grateful.
On today, January 19, 2012, makes six years that my mom has been gone. It has not been easy. But I choose to remember her with warm thoughts, laughter, and of course, tears. My life has not been the same. There is not a day that goes by that I see or hear something that reminds me of her. What I wouldn't give to see her smile and hear her laughter. I remember all the conversations that we used to have. RIP mom!!!! I love you, always.
Today is my mom's 69th birthday. I will honor her memory with laughter and tears as I reminisce of all the wonderful times that we have shared as mother and daughter. I surely do miss her cooking. I do miss the times when we attended church together with my children and stepfather. It's still hard to believe that she has been gone for six years. But I know that she is resting in peace and I can go on in my life. Mom, you will always be in my heart and spirit. I carry you within me everywhere I go. I love you so very much and I surely do miss you. I look forward to the day to when I can see your face again!!!!!!! Just know that you have touched so many lives during your stay here on earth. I know that you are in God's care. RIP Mama!!!!!
A Song for My Mom
Nina L James (author) from chicago, Illinois on January 28, 2013:
Hello Vickiw, In writing this hub in memory of my mom,, it took all the strength that I could muster up to find the right words to describe my beloved mother. She was everything to me in life. Even in her passing, the memories of all that we shared will forever be with me. I know that you have loving memories of your loved ones who have passed on that you cherish as well. It's still hard sometimes when I think of her, but I know that she would want me to go on with my life. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my hub!!!!!!
Vickiw on January 23, 2013:
Hello Nina64, just read your tribute, and thought it was lovely. Each week at my breavement group it makes me aware of how much we must consciously appreciate and show our appreciation to the loved ones in our lives. We never forget - time makes it easier, but it only takes little things to trigger memories suddenly. Your mother sounds a very special person, and your memories of lovely meals and loving guidance are very special too. Thanks for reminding us with your lovely tribute.
Nina L James (author) from chicago, Illinois on September 10, 2012:
Hello BKCreative, I chose this song because it symbolizes the love that I feel for my mom. In fact, her birthday is on tomorrow. My older sister and I went to the cemetery on today to place flowers on her gravesite, it was extremely emotional and humbling. It's been six years since her death, and I still wake up crying tears because I miss her so very much. I thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my hub.
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on September 10, 2012:
How well I know that song and I still cannot listen to it because it just makes me tear up - what an honor this song is. My mother too was a Southern woman of so much substance like your mother - which I am sure is why we feel such a void - and wow the nourishment from her cooking. She has been gone so long but has left such a legacy.
I love finding others who honor their mothers - thanks and I am a new follower.
Judy Specht from California on December 03, 2011:
A lovely tribute to a wonderful mother. My mom passed late December 2005. I sometimes open my mouth and out walks my mother. Oh how those mothers teach. My husband was born at St Ann's in downtown Chicago. I love Chicago.
Alfreta Sailor from Southern California on November 27, 2011:
Very sweet tribute to your mother. She sounded like a lot of our mothers, from the old South. Too bad, lessons were are taught don't register until we're grown, but take heart you did learn them. Voted up, beautiful.
Nina L James (author) from chicago, Illinois on November 26, 2011:
PegCole17, thank you so very much. You are so right, each day that you are able to see your mom, enjoy it to the fullest!!!!!!
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 26, 2011:
This was a sweet and loving tribute to your dear Mother. It is so true that their lessons carry with us throughout our lives. My deepest condolences on your loss. I'm lucky to still have my Mother with us at 86 years old. Every day is a blessing.