Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mother's Day . . .

Years ago I created photo collages of family pictures in very large frames.
The collection of these photos holds many a story of my/our family.

A few days ago I used my iPad to take some pictures of the collage photos.
There I am, holding one of my grandchildren, I think it is Tyler.
My mom is to my right and also in the photo below,
with my granddaughter Amanda, daughter in law, Sue.
My mother's hand/fingers at the bottom.

These photos were taken during the final years of my moms life.
She died March 9, 1996.
Look up between my mother and me and you'll see my dad, holding me.
I love that picture.

A mixture of pictures.
My dads college graduation picture in the middle
and my moms picture from her teaching days right up above.

My dads picture is there with the Green Bay packer helmet
and you'll find pictures of my daughter Susie
and my son Scott here and there.

My mom, brother and me, Christmas time in the late eighties.

Up at the top there is a picture of me, with my grandmother Brewer,
my moms mother better known as "Kitty" for Kathryn
and she is holding our first born Scott.
My late husband Gary is sitting next to my grandmother.

I love my stories . . . my grandmother was a feisty sort,
born in Cambourne England, teeny tiny under five feet, fireball.
 She visited us often when we lived in Milwaukee. 

She introduced me to swaddling . . . not the purchased version we see today,
she would take a blanket and wrap it around Scott so comfy and tight
he would snuggle right up without a peep and take a long nap.

I digress . . . she was a good lady, loved and cherished.

My mom in the middle, holding Cody, her first great grandchild.

Above my mom, my brother Terry and me . . .
My parents had a dear friend who was a photographer.
Many trips were made from Lone Rock to Dodgeville, Wisconsin for pictures.

My mother would roll up my straight hair on socks
so I would have some curls for my pics.

One more fuzzy picture of mom and Cody.

A family mixture  . . .
Susie at three or four, me in a hat, seventies I think
Pictures of Gary, my mom and dad, Scott in there too.

My mom and me at Scott and Sue's wedding.
I think my mom looks so pretty  . . .

My dad is above the pic of my mom.
He died way too young, at sixty eight.
Sad years, my dad's death in '77, Gary's moms death in '78
and then Gary's very sudden death in 1980.

One of my favorite pictures of my mom.

Mom and dad on the left, high school years if I remember correctly.

I like that picture of me with my uncle in uniform too.

Thank you for staying with me through this pictorial family history post.
I think my melancholy of late took me to do this.
I miss my family of long ago.
My wonderful, beautiful mother
filled with art, etiquette, patience, respect, love, grace.
Wishing each of you a
Happy Mothers Day
a day for mothers, mothering, grand/great mothering, animal mothering

my friends
Love ~ Lynne

Trillium is finally in bloom here in the woods behind our house.
A bit of Mother's Day information from the web.

Mother's Day is a holiday honoring motherhood
that is observed in different forms throughout the world. 
The American incarnation of Mother's Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908
and became an official holiday in 1914. 
Jarvis would later denounce the holidays commercialization
and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. 

Dates and celebrations vary but
Mother's Day commonly falls on the second Sunday in May

Roots of Mothers Day history go back to the United Kingdom
where a "mothering Sunday" was celebrated
much before it saw the light of day of celebration in the United States

Mother's Day is celebrated on different days in 46 differenct countries.

Celebrations of mothers can be dated back to the
Greeks and Romans who held fesitvals in honor
of the mother goddess Rhea and Cybele.

More phone calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year


Margaret Adamson said...

it is so lovely to see all your family collages. Thanks for sharing.

Missy George said...

It's nice to have all those family pictures..wonderful keepsakes..Happy Mothers Day Lynne..

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Lynne...this was just the most wonderful post! I loved meeting your family of long ago and your late husband..your beautiful children and your lovely mother. Seeing a photo of your late husband touched me. You and I have known heartbreak.
It's been such a pleasure having you in my life..and I feel honored to be your friend. But then you know that! :) Happy Mother's Day!
Sending love and big hugs,

eileeninmd said...

Hello Lynne, this is a fabulous post. I enjoyed reading your story and following all the wonderful photos. You have wonderful memories and these photos to help remind you.
Thanks for sharing! Happy Mother's Day to you!

Bonnie said...

Lynne, I loved looking through your picture collage. I hope you are having a wonderful day and weekend. Hugs, Bonnie

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Happy Mother's Day Lynne!

Michelle said...

Lynne, I know you must cherish these photos. Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What treasures your photos are! You're so lucky to have them and your memories too!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤Happy Mother's Day!

Gail said...

Oh, what a wonderful journey into your past. You are blessed to have so many memories and mementos of wonderful people who have touched your life.

Jeanie said...

This is such a touching tribute, Lynne. And I love the collages -- they tell such stories and are so creative and clever. Happiest of Mother's Days to you -- a day late, but then every day we should remember our moms!

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

Especially love the vintage photos of your mom and dad. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, Lynne. xo

Kim said...

How fun! I love looking back at old photos. I kind of miss the albums. It's not the same looking at the computer screen. I hope your Mother's Day was lovely!!

Anita Johnson said...

Thank you for your very kind message to me!

Linda said...


bj said...

ahhh, what a wonderful tribute not only to your mama but all your family.
We are blessed with good memories.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Nice collage, Lynne. This was a wonderful tribute, as BJ wrote. Hope you had a nice Mother's Day. xo