Ethereal Mother’s Day HUGS!

Once again it’s Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate our mothers with flowers, chocolates and special treats. This is also a day many of us miss our mamas.

Mama with two of her favorite things: chocolates & flowers

It’s not easy being motherless on Mother’s Day when our mothers are in Heaven.

I miss Mama (so much!) She left a huge legacy of love and hope in my heart with her example of faithfulness. My parents were married 58 years, 28 of which Papa suffered from a debilitating disease that left him a bedfast quadriplegic.

Mama & Papa (still holding hands!)

Mama looked after him tirelessly. Papa called her his “care lover.” You wouldn’t believe how mushy they could get, whispering “sweet everythings” to each other.

My Mama was a steel magnolia, fragile like fine china on the outside but steely strong in her faith, love, determination, and encouragement. She almost died from toxemia after having my oldest sister, but went on to have four more children. (Since I am #4 of 5, glad she and Papa kept on going.)

The Woodwards (circa 1970)

Mama poured her life out from the deep well of God’s love in her heart that overflowed with generous compassion and care for others.

She served selflessly. She loved and lived with unswerving steadfast devotion. She encouraged and inspired others. She gave of herself generously.

When Mama couldn’t even speak her last bedridden week of Hospice, at one point she reached her spindly arms up around my neck into a hug – a final embrace of her love that I will never forget.

The embrace of Mama’s love, an indelible Rose in my heart

“Hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts.”  (Romans 5:5) Thank you, Mama, for pouring the love of God in my heart in so many ways.

Thinking about it, I am not really motherless on Mother’s Day. I may not be able to hug her in the here and now, but Mama is always present in my heart.

The hugs of her love will always be part of me.

HaPpY Mother’s Day in Heaven, Mama!

grace, peace & ethereal Mother’s Day HUGS

Virginia : )

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12 Responses to Ethereal Mother’s Day HUGS!

  1. Cindy Kranich says:

    Thank you, Ginny, for remembering mother so well. I miss her, too❣️

    • Virginia says:

      We are blessed to have the legacy of Mama’s love in our hearts & lives, Cin. Missing her & missing you, sis!!!!!!!!!!!! 🌟🙏🌟💕🤗💕

  2. Rene R Bowditch says:

    Beautiful tribute to an amazing mother!

  3. Debbie says:

    Aw, so many cute little red-haired young’uns! Your mama knows you’re thinking about her and missing her today (as always), Virginia. You’re blessed to have had her in your life. I feel the same way when Father’s Day rolls around (thankfully, I still have my mama here with me). Try to enjoy the day and know she’s happy in Heaven with your dad!

    • Virginia says:

      Debbie, my parents are probably still holding spiritual hands up in Heaven. 💕🙏💕Treasure the moments with your mom! I am blessed with many special memories of times we shared after Papa passed. Little did we know “Operation Pamper Mama” (taking her out to nice places for lunch & wheelchair rides in Colonial Williamsburg) would be so short – and so precious to us now. Big hugs!! ✨🤗✨

  4. Celebrating Moms of Every Kind Today With You today Virginia: My Mom. Your Mom. Mother Nature. The golden thread is love. 🧵🌎💙

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Dr. Andrea. We can celebrate our moms and Mother Nature every day. The gift of their “golden thread of love” (🎉🧡🎉) is with us always. 🧡🌍🧡

  5. A beautiful tribute to her. Happy Mother’s Day to your mama. Happy Mother’s Day to you. May God continue to bless and strengthen you now and forever.
    Hope you have a blessed and lovely day. 🌹🎈🌹

    • Virginia says:

      Hey Sunshine, thank you! May God continue to strengthen your heart with extra doses of courageous love and hope in these challenging times. Big hugs (germ free ones!) 🙏💕😷💕🙏

  6. Michelle says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom. It sounds like she was an amazing woman!

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