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Thankful Thursday ~ Mom

It's Thursday today, so it must be Thankful Thursday. Lynn of Spiritually Unequal Marriage is hosting this month. So, you can link there to visit other participating blogs.

Lynn chose the topic of moms for this week. After all, Sunday is Mother's Day. And Lynn asked that we share about our hearts for our mothers or why we are thankful to be a mom.

Well, I have a little confession to make to you. Mother's Day has always been hard for me. You see, I always imagined I would grow up and be a wife and mother. But I had a medical situation and was unable to have children. It's a long story but ...we ended up not having kids.

I'm at a place in my life where I'm at peace about it though. I was even interviewed for a story in the Arizona Republic on infertility. I guess I was the only respondent who had gotten to a place of peace so the reporter called to interview me. I was even able to share my faith in that story but I'll save that for another time.

But I have to say that I'm very grateful for my mom. She went to be with the Lord four years ago and I miss her more each year. I thought it would get easier but as more time goes by, I seem to realize the impact she really had on me. It's a good reminder not to take loved ones for granted.

This is a photo of my mom when she was about my age. Isn't she beautiful? She was actually discovered.

My sister had an appointment with a modeling agency in Tampa many years ago. My mom tagged along for support. My little sis (who is very pretty) didn't get the job but then ...they saw my mom.

The modeling agency told her they had lots of work for an 'older woman'. So, for a few years my mother posed as a model for many Florida brochures and did TV commercials. Maybe some of you Floridians have seen her!

But more importantly, my mom was beautiful not only on the outside but more importantly ...on the inside.

I'm so thankful for her and I'm so glad I will see her one day in heaven. I can just picture us sitting together on our porch in our mansion in heaven. Maybe it will look like this!

And just maybe ...we'll have chocolate dessert and it won't have any calories. LOL!

And we'll have lots of time to catch up, laugh and ...talk!

So, on this Thankful Thursday ...I'm thankful for my mom. I love you Mom.

Debbie Petras
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  1. Your mom is beautiful and sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing this touching post!

  2. It's funny, but lots of women have a hard time on Mother's Day - for all kinds of reasons. When I was a single mom, it was just one of the hardest days of the year. I had to work so hard to make sure my kids had a great day "for me." But they are older now, and my girls are planning a fun day for us. I look forward to that. And I do remember by own sweet mom - I miss her. Wish I could have "do-overs" with her. Actually this mom stuff is sorta bitter-sweet. But still, I am thankful to be a mom, and thankful for the mom God gave me.

  3. Your mom is beautiful and I appreciated your tribute to her. I still have my mom and your post reminds me to be thankful for that despite some of the angst between us at times.

  4. I linked to your site the other day from another blog. You are a good writer. This is a wonderful tribute to your mom. I lost my mom about 7 years ago. It isn't easy, I know, but holding to memories such as you (and I) have of our moms, helps. And, expressing those those this eloquently will help other people, too. Good job.

  5. What a beautful tribute to your beautiful mom. My mom is in Heaven too. And you're right. The longer they are gone, the more you feel their absence. My daughter just went to her Senior Prom, I would have loved to have told my mom, or had her over to be a part of that.

    Blessings, Joanne
    p.s. I found you from Beth at Heading towards my destiny

  6. Darlin Debbie your Mom is absolutely beautiful and your heavenly reunion will be incredible I'm sure!

    My heart wraps around yours with regards to how Mother's Day can make you feel.

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us today.

    I must say that Mother's Day has always been hard for me too because while I have and know my Mother she is not connected to any of us therefore that relationship was never cultivated. Long long long story....

    but I am thankful for my Grandma who went to be with the Lord in 1990. I miss her TERRIBLY and Grandpa too who went to be with the Lord in 2007. Both of them were/are my role models for being a spouse, a parent and a grandparent.

    Love ya.

  7. This really was a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your mom with us.


  8. Your Mom was beautiful! How much you must miss her. I, too, never had a child be born. I am at peace, too, though, finally! Happy Thankful Thursday to you. Thanks for sharing such a poignant post.

  9. Your Mom is beautiful, Debbie.

    Thanks for sharing your heart. I'm glad God has given you peace. It seems like infertility has become such a big issue to so many couples and my heart really goes out to those women.

    Thinking of you, friend.

  10. Your mom was so beautiful and sweet person, like you Debbie!

  11. Your story is a very touching one, Debbie. My heart is tugged. I pray that God fills up your heart with comfort this mother's day till it burst!

    My oldest daughter is a registered nurse. Married for 14 years, she hasn't conceived and its heartbreaking. But like you, she is open to however God wants to use her and if it's not motherhood that's okay. Thank you for being so available to women with these needs; I'm sure many who read that newspaper article were ministered to.

  12. Wow, your mom is awesomely beautiful.

  13. She IS very beautiful! (You look like her!)

    This was such a sweet post! I know you miss her greatly---you were blessed---and still are---you have sweet memories.

    Debbie--my heart aches for those--as you --who have lost their mothers...I am blessed to still have mine---but I know mother's heart aches this year---as she is missing one daughter---my sister Wanda---having gone on to glory last year. Painful today...but praise be to Jesus! We WILL see them again!

  14. Inner beauty is the one to have and your mom certainly had both. My mom is not feeling well and i am cherishing every minute with her. Tomorrow I am taking her for a pedicure and manicure for Mother's Day.
    Enjoy the memories of your mom and focus on that porch swing in Heaven. Amen.

  15. Great post, and yes your mom is beautiful. Even before you said she was a model.. I was racking my brain thinking of a movie or TV show she might have been in. I miss my mom too. She has been gone for 7 years, but sometimes I have a thought or see something special and think... "I should call mom." It always makes me laugh.

  16. Debbie,

    What a sweet and precious post. You bring such honor to your Mom by the way you write about her. I love the photo you posted - absolutely gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing your heart with us. I'll be praying for you on Mother's Day :)

    Kate :)

  17. She is beautiful just like you. Thank you for sharing your Mom with us today. I pray you get out and enjoy the weather this weekend before it becomes to miserable. May have something exciting to tell you but I have to get final word from hubby first. (hows that for torture)

  18. What an absolutely beautiful post to your Mom. You are right she was very beautiful on the inside and out!

    I am so blessed to meet you Debbie and so thrilled that you won the spa give-away on my blog!

    I love you and can't wait to meet in person!!!!

    Want to come for a visit out East now that the weather is warm enough for you AZ girl???

    Hugs and have a blessed weekend!

  19. It's certainly true in your case that the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree.

  20. Hello again,
    I just posted a brief story about my mother I'd like to invite you to read. It's not as encompassing as yours, just one story, but it is a pleasant memory.


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