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Five Minute Friday: SHE

It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with The Gypsy Mama.  We receive a one word writing prompt and get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for this week is SHE.


No matter what season of life I was in, I could always talk to her.  She was the best listener.

When I was a teenager, my friends would love to come to our house to hang out. My mom was always available to talk or to ...simply listen.

One time I came home to find a guy I used to work with sitting at our kitchen table talking to my mom about his new found faith in Jesus.

When I moved cross country to Phoenix, she encouraged me.  When she met my future husband for the first time, she welcomed him.

She loved children and babies and I guess just about everyone.  She always had a joke to share even when she was in pain.  She loved flowers and candles. She loved to laugh.  And she especially loved my dad and her children and grandchildren.

After she died, we discovered all of her recipes typed on cards.  She even organized all of her dinner parties with recipes and table linens.  She left a personal letter for each of her children.  She planned her funeral down to the songs she wanted played.

It's been eight years since she's been gone.  But I can still hear her voice in my head.  And I'm so thankful I can see her face reflected in mine when I look in the mirror.


Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Dear Debbie, You bring tears to my eyes. I share your loss, because I have also had a treasured mama like you.
    I'm still not used to being motherless, and I guess I mention her at least once a day.
    In spite of my tears, I know I have been blessed, and grief is a small price to pay for the love, knowledge, care and faith in Jesus she showed me, and implanted in me.
    Some day, Debbie, some day.

  2. Dear Debbie
    This is the greates legacy your mother could have left you; to be able to see yourself mirrored in her beauty!
    Blessings XX

  3. Your mother is an inspiration. Awakening thought for me. What would I leave my children when I go home to our Father in heaven. ...

  4. Just Beautiful - to read what a treasure and blessing your Mom was, and remains. Peace and Prayers

  5. Oh Debbie I am in tears over here...how blessed we were to have mother's that we treasured so much. Your's sounds soo wonderful. How I long to just talk to mine for even a little while again. I am sure you do too. And how good it is to KNOW we will!

    Hope you have a good week-end!

  6. What a beautiful tribute to your mother. She sounds like a fantastic woman.

  7. How beautiful to see her reflection in your face and actions and to know that reflection comes from Jesus...What a beautiful tribute to a godly mom.....

  8. A beautiful tribute to your mom, Debbie! She sounds like a wonderful person and I'm so glad you have so many lovely memories with her! What a blessing!

  9. What a beautiful message about your mom, Debbie. I believe you are walking in her footsteps, showing God's love to the little ones you teach and sharing His love here on your blog.

    Blessings to you, dear friend,

  10. Hi Debbie! Your Mom looks so much like you!

    I lost my Mom about 2 1/2 years ago, and I miss her so much too. Your Mom sounds like she was such support for you, and loved you so much. Isn't it lovely that your mind turned to her with this prompt? I bet she would have chosen you too.


  11. This was one of the most sweetest things I've read, loved it!

  12. Precious post...just so precious. She left behind a great heritage to you and I think her daughter is the same way!

  13. I'm new to your blog via CiCi...I love what you wrote about your sweet Mom, and how awesome you have those recipe cards to treasure forever! A very special thing to pass on to your own children...You were blessed by having a Mom others felt safe talking to. Mine has been gone just two years, Dad five...Looking forward to heaven....



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