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Remembering My Mom

My mom died four years ago today. Instead of being sad, I want to remember all of the good times we had and treasure them in my heart. This photo was taken on her last birthday; her 75th. I was so glad I was able to celebrate that day with she and my dad.

My friend Terri always reminds that my mom now has another birthday; the day she graduated from this earth and went to Heaven. That comforts me because ...I know I'll see her again.
I'd like to share a few pictures with my blogging friends.

This photo was taken in Norway. My mom and dad loved to visit Norway as this is where all of their relatives originated from.

She loved her Norwegian cousins and enjoyed spending time with them.

She loved to do needlepoint, knitting and crocheting. She was always doing something with her hands. I didn't inherit this from her.

She loved to ride horses. When my dad and she were dating, they used to go horse back riding. I had the opportunity to take lessons with her many years ago.
This photo shows off two of my mom's talents. She was first of all ...a clown, alway joking. And second of all, she was an excellent piano player. She played by ear and could listen to a song and then sit down and play it. I took lessons as a kid but was never very good at it.

My mom had such fun taking Greg's car for a spin.
She worked in the medical field most of her life. I think that was another reason I became a nurse.

One of her favorite roles was that of Grandma

She loved to dance, especially those Norwegian folk dances!

Mom loved to walk the beach. Here she is with my sister Christine on Clearwater Beach, Florida.

I've been blessed with a wonderful mother and for that I'm so grateful. She loved the Lord and that love ...overflowed to all the people in her life.

Thank you Mom!

Debbie Petras
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  1. Hi Debbie,

    Such a nice tribute today to your Mom. In the picture of her with the needlepoint, I think you really look like her.

    God bless you,

  2. Hello Debbie,

    Your mother seems like she was such a special lady. Thank you for sharing those pictures with us.

    I'll be praying for you today as you remember your sweet Mother.

    Kate :)

  3. That was beautiful Debbie. She was a lovely woman, just like you. I know you must miss her so much.

    Thank you for sharing her with us.


  4. Thank you Bethany, Kate and Beth. I really do miss my mom but I treasure the memories I have of her. I'm thankful for my blogging friends too. :)

  5. Dear Debbie,
    what a wonderful, gifted mother you have.
    Even though she's in Heaven now, you always have her.
    Wonderful pictures from fjords and mountains in Norway.
    She sure was a lady of class. Look at her horseback riding, dancing and playing the piano. She must have mastered it all. Most important, she's looking so happy. I guess she was a wonderful mother spending time with and growing up with.
    Did she also made the BUNAD herself??
    I think have multitalented mother myself, but she never tried horseback riding. (She loves Bonanza, mostly for the horses though.)
    Somehow I never got clever like my Mother, I guess I involuntarily kept out of competition.
    I don't knit, crouch, embroider or sew like her, but I have found my own way of knitting, painting e.t.c. which my mother applauds. Mothers are great that way. They always want to see the best in their children. We do too.

    We are lucky to have been blessed like this.

    From Felisol

  6. Debbie:
    Your Mom was so pretty, just like you.

  7. Deb, The pictures are beautiful and so is your mom. Thanks for sharing, love you! Rox

  8. Oh sweet friend! What a bittersweet day this must be for you...missing your Mama but feeling so full of love for the time you had with her on this earth. She was a strikingly beautiful lady with such a warm smile...thank you for sharing your photos and memories with us! What a HOPE we have to see our loved ones again one day in the sweet by and by. Love and big hugs to you dearie today!!

  9. I'm sorry I did not realize that today was the anniversary of your mom's death. I would have called, but now the hour is late and you are probably already in bed.
    I remember meeting your mom, and the gracious lady that she was. However, I think I know more about her since her death - you have shared so many things about her. She had to have been very special. I think she would be very proud of you, her daughter. I know you miss her. Love you, h.

  10. Debbie,

    This was just a beautiful tribute to your mother. You have such a loving heart, my friend.

    I agree with Bethany on you looking like her in that picture too.

    I love the picture of her and your sister, Christine on the beach. That is just beautiful.

    Hugs to you today, my dear friend.

  11. very nice post! And you were so lucky to have such a nice mother. but then again, she was lucky to have you, since you love her so much and speak so well of her.
    intersting that you guys like Norway! we also go there often, especially far north, past the polar circle. it really feels like home there. if you want you can check out my blogs, there are plenty of pictures on all of them!
    greetings from scandinavia
    Sarah sofia

  12. As far as I can judge your mom Debbie wasn't only a beautiful lady, but also a lovely person full of feelings and emotions. I love this post!!

  13. Debbie,

    I loved this post very much. I especially loved the photos of her on the horse and the one of her dancing!

    I also thought it important and inspiring how you said, "Instead of being sad, I want to remember all of the good times we had and treasure them in my heart." I could feel that happiness in your writing and photos. This was a women I would like to have known! Wow, and she was your mother.

    Isn't that certainly how we'd have our loved ones be, celebrating the wonderful times? I would!

    I have been thinking of my mother lately, her love for life and what I learned from her.

    I would like to do one of her on the anniversary of her death too (in July). Thanks for the inspiration.

    Maybe I'll do one on my Dad (he's still alive and well at 84!

  14. What a lovely tribute. Your mom is beautiful. YOu look a lot like her.

    Thank you for sharing the pictures with us.


  15. Debbie,

    I found you on Loni V. blog Writing Canvas. I enjoyed reading your tribute to your mother. I think it is so important to rejoice in the relationship we had with those who have gone on before us. It has given me the idea to do the same for my father whose birthday is this week. He went home to be with the Lord in 2006 a year before my husband.


  16. What a special post about your mom. I lost my mom a year ago to cancer and I love what you wrote about having a new birthday. I too am so grateful I will see her again someday!

    I'm norwegian too and so proud of my heritage!

  17. Debbie, this is such a sweet post about your Mom and I am sure you miss her more then ever right now. Sending you some extra hugs today. Thank you for sharing these pictures!

  18. Oh... your mom is beautiful! She looks young!

    I think we will always have sorrow on this earth missing our loved ones. Our Jesus, is a wonderful comforter. : )

    Heaven is going to be a great place, huh?

  19. This is a beautiful tribute, and such a positive way to spend the anniversary of her passing - by sharing the wonderful memories of her that you have.

    ~ Kristi

  20. What beautiful pictures, and what a lovely life she had. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.


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