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Birthday Tribute to My Mom

It would have been my mom's birthday today.  However, a little over five years ago she died. 

This photo was one of my dad's favorite pictures of her.  Dad loves Marilyn Monroe and we always thought my mom looked like her in this photo.  What do you think?  Maybe just a little?

As a teenager from Brooklyn, NY Mom and her friends went to Sheepshead Bay to rent horses. I think my mom and dad's first date was horseback riding.  Later, when she and my dad moved to Florida she had the opportunity to take lessons.  She loved to jump and often lingered behind so she could help groom the horses. 

My mom could never just sit and watch TV. She'd always have something in her hands to do.  Needlepoint, knitting, sewing ...she loved it.  Unfortunately, I didn't inherit that gene from her.

But I found a few momentos from her.

Mom prayed that one day she'd be a grandma.  Finally in 1985, my brother Steve and his wife Barb were pregnant.  My mom was so excited.

Here she is with grandchildren Katie and Kristin.

My mom never got to meet Kevin Cummings.  He and Kristin will be married in September.  I know my mom would have loved to witness this wedding.

But I'm so thankful that my mom was able to celebrate her 75th and last birthday in Phoenix with me. 

How thankful I am that she was a Christian.  I'm looking forward to the day when I will see her again in heaven.

In the meantime ...happy birthday Mom!


Debbie Petras
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  1. Oh Debbie, she was a beautiful woman. Yes, she did resemble Marilyn! No wonder you are so beautiful.

    I'm sorry you don't have her today, but as you said -- THANK GOD she was a Christian and you'll have eternity with her.

    Love & hugs,

  2. Good Morning Debbie Sweetie...
    You beautiful Moma does look like Marilyn in that picture. She was so beautiful. What cherished memories you have.

    I love the picture of her horseback riding. Free like the wind. She looks so at peace with herself.

    The photo with the grandkids is just precious, and you know I like to believe the know about our miracles before they happen, so I am quite sure she is rejoicing over Kristin and Kevin. She may have even had a hand in their meeting. Who knows right?

    Happy Birthday to your sweet Moma in Heaven today. She is rejoicing with my sweet Niece, Amy who will be celebrating her 34th birthday (her 1st birthday in heaven). It is a hard day today.

    Many hugs sweetie...Sherry

  3. What a beautiful mother you had. You definitely inherited her good looks. She does look a little like Marilyn. I remember the man who led our singing back in 1958 used to tell me he thought I looked like Marilyn. I really liked that guy. LOL
    What a wonderful assurance you will see her again one day. I am so looking forward to seeing my dear mother again.
    Hugs & blessings,

  4. What a beautiful post and your mother was beautiful also. I am sorry that she is not here with you now!

  5. Bless you sweet friend for sharing this! The photos are wonderful!!! She is stunning!!!

  6. Oh Debbie your mom was just GORGEOUS and yes I think she looks ALOT like Marilyn in that picture. What a figure she had! I think you look alot like her. I can just imagine how much you must miss her. Think how wonderous that reunion in heaven will be some day. HUGS, Debbie

  7. What a beauty! I see where you get your own Norwegian loveliness too.

    Thank you for sharing the pictures, the memories, and the tribute. You honor her greatly, and bless us in the process.


  8. What a lovely mom you have. I know you miss her as I do my mom. We know we will see them again in Heaven.
    Please stop by Grace on the Narrow Path and follow along. I have deleted my old blog Seeking Grace due to problems with blogger.
    Many blessings my friend.

  9. What a sweet tribute to your mom. She was beautiful. You can tell that her heart was too.
    Happy Birthday to your mom.

  10. Aunt Debbie,
    thank you for always posting all these wonderful memories with our family. Grandpas favorite picture of grandma (the Marilyn Monroe look alike one) is my favorite too, it's hanging on my wall!!!

    She was such a beautiful woman and I only hope I become half the woman she was. XOXOX love and miss you


  11. She is beautiful and you look so much like her!

  12. Sweet tribute to a lovely woman...both inside and out....

  13. Your precious mom was a beautiful lady, just like you. I enjoyed this tribute.

  14. Your mum is so gorgious! You know, I think not being able to just sit in front of the TV must be a Noregian thing...lol.

  15. She is beautiful...just like her daughter. I love that she always had something in her hands while watching tv...that is what I was taught also. I love the picture on the horse...she seemed to love life.
    Wonderful tribute,

  16. Your beautiful mother never ceases to inspire me. You are a lot like her in looks and I bet in many other ways. Yes on the Marilyn Monroe pic!

  17. Your mom really was beautiful, on the inside and out! No matter how many years go by, the void is still there. So thankful that she is in heaven with our Lord. One day we will all be together, and there will be no more goodbyes.
    Thinking of you on this special day.

  18. What a wonderful tribute to your mom. She does look a bit like Marilyn in that first picture, only prettier =)I'm sure you must miss her tremendously, but praise God that you know who she is celebrating her birthday with! Thanks for sharing your memories and your love of your mom.

    Living for Him, Joan

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tribute of your mom. The photographs show such wonderful memories. God's blessings too you. Lloyd

  20. What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mother, and yes, she totally looks like Marilyn! I am sorry you don't have her with you today, but am thankful for the beautiful memories you have of her.

  21. Great post about your mom! I miss mine also. We were so blessed, weren't we?

  22. Debbie, you mother is beautiful and I see a resemblance with you. How wonderful the relationship you had with your mom and knowing that you will be together in eternity is just awesome, thank the Lord for Christian parents. This post made me smile : )

  23. What a beautiful tribute to your mother, Debbie, and how wonderful that you wil spend eternity with her. Her beauty was inside and out and I see the same in you, dear sister.

  24. What a sweet heartfelt tribute! Your Mom was a beautiful women. Thank you for sharing this birthday tribute to her. Love, Bethany

  25. Debbie,
    You are as beautiful as your mom. What a beautiful testimony you are to her. I loved seeing her pictures (and yes, she did look like Marilyn Monroe!).

    Thanking God for daughters like you who continue to honor their moms through life and death.

    Love you,

  26. Whenever I read of your Mom I smile!! She left behind a beautiful legacy of love!

    Every photo is special!!

    I love you and I pray God's arms around you as you think about your beautiful Mother.

  27. Dear Debbie,
    I'm falling behind.
    Summer in Norway is busy.
    I see that your mother was a true beauty, inside and out.
    On the first picture she looks a lot like Marilyn Monroe.
    (Did you know that the biographers claim that the father of Marylin Monroe was Norwegian, actually not far from our town. That's why there is a sculpture of Miss MM on the Quay here.)

    Your mother is so good looking even in grown age. I can well understand that you are missing her.

    My mother was 85 July 2nd, and we celebrated together here in Haugesund.
    Though we do not live in the same town, we telephone each other every day.

    Even though you miss your Mom and no one can replace her, You are rich to have had her.
    (That's how I think about my Dad. If I didn't love him so highly, I wouldn't miss him so much.)

    I hope the days mellows the sorrow, and that we both may be allowed to count the happy and blessed hours and years we shared.

    Actually, there is much healing in counting blessings.
    Those words aren't shallow, but brought forward from people who have been tried, and found the God is there, right by our side, evn through our darkest moments.

    I am thinking of you and praying just now.
    Hugs from Felisol


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