Sunday, May 10, 2009

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

MY MOTHER: PEGGY CHOATE ROGERS.
MY MOTHER HAS 4 CHILDREN...2 BOYS, 2 GIRLS...THE OLDEST
SON BEING MY HALF BROTHER.
MOTHER IS A HEART MONITOR TECH. SHE HAS WORKED AT
ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL FOR 31 YEARS...WHEN WE WERE GROWING UP
SHE ALWAYS WORKED IN THE LONGFELLOW JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
CAFETERIA, SO SHE ONLY WORKED THE HOURS WE WERE AT SCHOOL
AND SHE WAS OFF WHEN WE WERE OUT OF SCHOOL. SHE IS A VERY
HARD WORKER, ALWAYS GOING BEYOND WHAT IS REQUIRED OF HER.
SHE SEWS, PAINTS, ARRANGES FLOWERS, BROUGHT HOME ROCKS AND
DRIFT WOOD FROM THE LAKE TO DECORATE HER FLOWER BEDS, IS
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS FOR DECORATING AND COOKING...SHE CAN
COOK A FRIED CHICKEN OR CHICKEN FRIED STEAK THAT HAS MADE
MY DADDY HAPPY FOR OVER 50 YEARS...SHE IS THE ONE YOU WANT
AT YOUR BEDSIDE WHEN YOU ARE SICK...SHE HAS A SERVANT'S HEART...
A DEEP LOVE FOR ANIMALS....DEEP LOVE FOR FAMILY AND HAD A
VERY DIFFICULT TIME MOURNING THE PASSING OF HER PARENTS...
THEY DIED WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF EACH OTHER...BOTH WHILE I
WAS PREGNANT WITH MY DAUGHTER, AMY...BUT GRANDMA
KNEW I WOULD HAVE A GIRL AND MY SISTER WOULD HAVE A BOY.
MY AMY WAS BORN IN JULY AND MY NEPHEW TJ IN AUGUST.
MOTHER IS A GIRLIE GIRL. SHE LOVES NATIVE AMERICAN
ART AND TURQUOISE....SHE LOVES JEWELRY AND PURSES AND
SHOES...ALL TRAITS SHE PASSED ON TO ME AND MY SISTER.....
BUT EVEN MORE, SETTING ALL THAT ASIDE....SHE IS A CHRISTIAN
AND KNOWS THAT THIS LIFE IS JUST TEMPORAL. THAT IS THE
FREE GIFT THAT IS PRICELESS.
MOTHER HAS ALWAYS BEEN LIKE A LIONESS..."DON'T MESS WITH
MY CHILDREN"...FIERCELY PROTECTIVE...ANOTHER TRAIT SHE PASSED
ON TO ME AND MY SISTER.
WE HAVE SO MANY FUNNY STORIES AND I AM GOING TO START SHARING
SOME OF THEM OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.
I LOVE YOU MOTHER.
I WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
YOU WERE A WONDERFUL DAUGHTER TO YOUR PARENTS
I ALWAYS REMEMBER WHAT YOU PENNED IN MY FIRST BIBLE:
MY DEAR DAUGHTER,
FEAR NOT TOMORROW
GOD IS ALREADY THERE
MOTHER HAS 8 GRAND CHILDREN AND 11 GREAT GRAND CHILDREN.


IRENE RAGAN
MY MOTHER IN LOVE
IRENE HAS 4 CHILDREN: 2 BOYS AND 2 GIRLS.
HER OLDEST SON PASSED ON FROM CANCER.
SHE IS A TWO TIME CANCER SURVIVOR AND TOUGH...
SHE FELL OUTSIDE LIKE 2 YEARS AGO AND DID NOT TELL ANYONE
UNTIL SHE WOKE MY FATHER IN LOVE UP AT ABOUT 0300 AND SAID
SHE WAS HURTING AND NEEDED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL....
YES, SHE WAS HURTING...SHE HAD BROKE HER SHOULDER JOINT OFF FROM
THE BONE TO HER ARM WHEN SHE FELL.....SO SHE SUFFERED IN SILENCE
FOR OVER 12 HOURS BEFORE TELLING ANY ONE BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT
SHE JUST BRUISED HER ARM.
OUR DAUGHTER WAS HER FIRST BORN GRAND CHILD....OUR SON, THE ONLY
GRANDSON. SHE HAS 5 GRAND CHILDREN....4 GIRLS AND ONE BOY
SHE HAS 2 GREAT GRAND CHILDREN...1 GIRL AND 1 BOY.
SHE TAUGHT SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR YEARS. SHE TAUGHT ADULT
BUSINESS CLASSES AT AUTRY VO-TECH AND HER GREATEST LOVE WAS
BEING A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER...AND SHE WAS GOOD AT IT.
IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR HER TO RETIRE BECAUSE SHE LOVED
TEACHING SO VERY MUCH. SHE WAS A TEACHER THAT HAD THE GIFT
TO TEACH AND SHE TAUGHT BECAUSE SHE ENJOYED IT SO MUCH.
SHE LOVES CROSS STITCH AND THE PLASTIC STITCHING WHERE YOU CAN
MAKE KLEENEX BOXES, ORNAMENTS, AND LETTER HOLDERS....I CAN'T
REMEMBER WHAT IT IS CALLED BUT SHE LOVES DOING THAT. SHE
HAS A GREEN THUMB FOR GROWING PLANTS AND ALWAYS....ALWAYS...
WOULD SPEND HOURS PLAYING WITH HER GRAND CHILDREN...WHEN AMY
WAS BORN SHE SENT HER A BIRTHDAY CARD EVERY WEEK FOR THE FIRST
6 MONTHS OF HER LIFE AND HAS TAKEN TONS OF PICTURES OF
EVERY GRAND CHILD.
SHE LOVED TRAVELING WITH MY FATHER IN LOVE IN THEIR AIRSTREAM
TRAILER...THEY BELONGED TO AN AIRSTREAM TRAVEL CLUB AND
WOULD ATTEND RALLIES ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES. THE
ONE PLACE SHE DREAMED OF GOING AND NEVER GOT TO WAS
ALASKA. I WOULD HAVE SO LOVED SEEING HER REACH THAT DREAM
BUT HEALTH ISSUES PREVENTED IT.
FAMILY VERY IMPORTANT. SHE TOOK CARE OF BOTH HER MOTHER AND HER
MOTHER AND FATHER IN LOVE....BLESS GRANDPA RAGAN....IRENE WAS
HAVING SOME DINNER PARTY AT THE HOUSE WHEN GRANDPA RAGAN
CAME DOWN THE HALL IN HIS LONG HANDLES WONDERING WHAT
WAS GOING ON. THEY GREW UP IN A TIME WHEN YOU TOOK CARE
OF FAMILY AND HAD RESPECT FOR YOUR ELDERS. THEY WERE
VERY GOOD TO THEIR PARENTS. IRENE LOST HER FATHER TO
WHAT THEY THINK WAS LEUKEMIA, WHEN SHE WAS IN HER EARLY
20'S. SHE WAS A DADDY'S GIRL AND IT WAS A VERY SAD DAY WHEN
HER FATHER PASSED. IRENE AND MY FATHER IN LOVE ARE BORN AND
RAISED ARKANSAS KIDS...AND ARE CHRISTIANS.
I LOVE YOU IRENE AND WE WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.

I AM SORRY THE PICTURES ARE BLURRY BUT I DO NOT HAVE A SCANNER
AND MY HUSBAND TOOK THESE PICTURES OF PICTURES.
YOU NOW KNOW WHAT DEBBIE LOOKS LIKE.
I SPENT SATURDAY AT MY AUNT PATRICIA'S HELPING HER PACK FOR
HER MOVE. MOVING IS A LOT OF WORK AND SINCE MY MOTHER HAS
TO WORK A TWELVE HOUR SHIFT TODAY I AM GOING TO SPEND THE
DAY AGAIN, HELPING AUNT PATRICIA. I AM GOING TO GIVE HER A
PEDICURE.
I WANT TO WISH
MY SISTER SHERRY, A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.
MY AUNT JEAN, A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
MY AUNT PATRICIA, A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
MY COUSIN SUZIE, A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
MY NIECE HEIDI, A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
MY FRIEND DORIS, A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
MY FRIEND ROBBI, A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
MY FRIEND TAWNA, A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY


I WANT TO WISH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF MY BLOGGING FRIENDS A
VERY HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY AND THANK YOU FOR SPENDING A PART
OF YOUR MOTHER'S DAY WITH ME.
MY PRAYERS CONTINUE TO GO UP TO GOD'S THRONE ROOM OF MERCY AND
GRACE KNOWING THAT GOD IS OUR ONLY HOPE.
I PRAY FOR THOSE MOTHER'S WHO LONG FOR A CALL FROM THEIR
CHILDREN AND IT NEVER COMES. I PRAY IF YOU ARE ESTRANGED
FROM YOUR MOTHER...PLEASE LET THIS BE THE YEAR OF RESTORATION.
I WATCHED MY AUNT GO THROUGH HER MAIL YESTERDAY HOPING
TO FIND A MOTHER'S DAY CARD...NO CARD....EVEN AS TOUGH AS
TIMES ARE...YOU COULD SEND A LETTER...YOU COULD MAKE A CARD.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MOTHER.
MOTHER'S DAY BLESSINGS
HUGS
debbie

21 comments:

  1. And I LOVE the looks of Debbie!!!

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  2. Happy Mother's Day to you!!
    ♥ Teresa

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  3. Sweetest post! This is Jennifer from MaidenShade - I don't know why you cannot post my link, but am wondering if it is because I have wordpress and not blogger? I don't know - please let's worry about it later or forget it. 9 times is a valiant effort and I thank you for it. Blessings on this Mother's Day to you and the other moms. xxx J

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  4. How sweet. And Debbie looks pretty good.
    Happy Mother's Day
    Molly

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  5. Well I think this is one of the most beautiful things I have EVER read on the internet. You are just so loving and sweet, to include not only your mom but your MIL too...both ladies sound so accomplished and loving...your mom is AMAZING...

    Well now we know what you look like and I say : YOU ARE ADORABLE!!! I see that cute smile and I just smile back! And don't you look great in a hat, very chic!!! Hope your day is a happy one...

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  6. You are such a lovely person and after reading about your family, I can see why. Thank you for sharing your family with us I really enjoyed reading your blog post. Have a beautiful Mothers Day!! hugs, Jennifer

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  7. Debbie, thanks for sharing. Your post is just beautiful. You are very sweet and kind. Have a wonderful Mother's Day. Blessings
    Patti

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  8. Debbie, This was such a sweet post. I hope you had a wonderful day. laurie

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  9. HUGS!! absolutely BEAUTIFUL and so are YoU! :) Have a FANTASTIC Mother's day!!

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  10. Debiie,

    What a wonderful tribute to Mothers!

    Sandra

    www.joyfulexpressions.us

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  11. Good Morning Debbie,
    I hope your Mother's Day was extra special!!
    I so enjoyed this wonderful tribute to your beautiful Mother, Peggy, and Irene your Mother-in -love!!! Debbie, I love your picture!!!. I was touched by you helping your aunt, and even more touched by her not getting a card, But God always makes up for our slack. HE sent you to make her day brighter, and what a wonderful gift , the pedicure was so sweet! May the Lord continue to bless you as you serve HIM!!
    Blessings
    Sue

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  12. HI Debbie! I so enjoyed reading about your family! You're a beautiful lady! Thank you so much for popping in to see me and I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Our mini Schnauzers are hoots, aren't they?
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :0

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  13. What a lovely tribute to these wonderful women in your life.

    The Raggedy Girl

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  14. What a loving tribute to your Mom and "Mom in Love".....how dear and sweet. What wonderful women you have in your life. And, what a powerful message to those who are estranged. How hard that must be on both the mother and the daughter.

    God bless you....you are so dear.

    Hugs,
    Spencer

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  15. Beautiful post! Debbie, I agree with the estranged children. I only wish my mother was here with me. There is an estrangement in my husbands side. Two of his neices have not spoken to their mother in three years. I tried to tell them that they will be very sorry in the end, but they did not listen.
    Yours was a wonderful tribute!
    ginny

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  16. What a heartfelt post, Debbie. How blessed you are to have both a special mom and mother in law.

    And I speak firsthand, estrangement is HARD. It was the first Mother's Day that I didn't hear from my oldest-her choice, unfortunately.

    It was nice to see you, too! I'm glad your dh took a pic of you.

    I looked around for the award you mentioned,but the one I saw is for Laurie, I think.

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  17. My darling Debbie,
    I cannot tell you how much the loving tributes you paid to your beautiful mother and your dear mom in-law touched me. I read it over and over and tears just rolled out of my eyes. I love that you write with your heart. You just put it all on the table and I admire that about you.

    Deanna :D

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  18. Oh Debbie...What a wonderful post....It brought tears to my eyes....just lovely...
    Thank you for your always sweet comments....they mean a lot to me...I love when I see you pop up on my post....
    Hugs,
    Mo :-)

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  19. i have "ragan"s in my family tree...maybe we are related somehow?!
    have a wonderful day.
    chasity

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  20. Just stopped by to say "hello" in there, I'm working on a solution to your posting my link problem -

    xJ
    MaidenShade.wordpress.com
    MaidenShade.com

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  21. Loved reading your tributes. What wonderful women and how blessed they are to have you in their lives.

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