Saturday, May 9, 2020

To the Moms and The Grans We May Never Have Known

Here's to my Mom.


She loved me as a baby...


...and she loved me till the day she died, with all the hopes and pride and worries that I think most moms probably have.


She adored her mother, too -- the grandmother I never knew. She died five months before I was born.


But I think of her as a beautiful bride, one who gave us not only my mom but three aunts I adored.


Here's to my great grandmother, the mother of the gran above. No, I didn't know her either. But I have learned so much of her story in my genealogy research, even visiting the church where she was christened in England.


Here's to my dad's mom. She was lovely, wasn't she?


And she was a terrific grandma, teaching me about life on the farm and giving me a passion for baking.
 
She loved to laugh. And I loved her.


Here's to all the moms, past and present, the ones we knew and the ones we didn't. And if you are a mom, Happy Mother's Day.

45 comments:

Pamela said...

What a wonderful tribute! I love seeing your family photos.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

That was lovely, Jeanie! You have so many old photos! I love seeing them. -Jenn

DUTA said...

I envy you for having got their photos.
I never knew any of my grandparents and have no photos of them.
I know , however, from the many stories told to me that the women in the family, the mothers and grandmothers were strong, loving, capable 'pillars' of family strength and unity.

Evi Erlinda said...

They're great people!
A mom is the most special person :)

Your photo "baby and mommy" is adorable. I can see how her love to her wonderful daughter.

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely photos. Happy Mother's Day, hugs, Valerie

Iris Flavia said...

:-) You did NOT rip off the jewlery?
I guess I did.
Your Mom was a beauty, too, I see her genes in you.
Oh, so many cute, nice .. awesome pictures you shared, thank you!
To all Moms... and Dads, too...

Joyful said...

What a lovely, poignant tribute to all the women in your family. You were/are blessed. Happy Mother's Day to you Jeanie.

BeachGypsy said...

I love all the old pictures, they are so lovely and so nostalgic. What wonderful eras they were. Cute picture of you playing with your Mom's pearls! Hope your weekend is great my friend!! Hugs!

Stevenson Que said...

Jeanie these photos and the stories you shared are just so adorable! I love your Mom and your grandmothers! One thing they have in common that I can see besides their beauty is they all look like strong and willed women! Love them so much even if I don;t know them, at least I know their Jeanie who is very much a reason why most of us her readers have happy days through her blog!

Happy mother's Day to all the moms and the readers of your blog Jeanie! Hugs!

Laurie said...

All such kind gentle faces, just like yours! Happy Mother’s Day!

Gayla said...

Yes! Here's to the women we came from! Happy Mother's Day!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeanie,

Your Mom is beautiful, you have lovely family photos and memories.
Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Hi Jeanie: I am very happy for you that you have fond memories of your mother and grandmother. May their memory be a blessing.

Mae Travels said...

Your photo selections are always beautiful, and it's especially wonderful that you have been able to learn so much about your ancestors! Happy Mother's Day!

be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

R's Rue said...

Beautiful

Rustic Pumpkin said...

What a lovely tribute to your amazing ancestors.

Deb in Wales

La Table De Nana said...

Awww..and Happy Mother's Day to you..a great nana to her two boys!
Lovely post Jeanie.

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

What a lovely tribute to all the moms in your family. I REALLY love the arty-farty quality of that 3rd photo. It would make a great sepia tone oil painting. Perfect composition.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

a loving tribute to all the beautiful moms who came before you

Linda said...

A beautiful tribute. Thanks Jeanie♥

Louca por porcelana said...

Wonderful tribute,sweet Jeanie.Sending hugs.

Sandra at Maison De Jardin said...

Jeanie, such a lovely tribute. It is a true gift to know your grandmother, they are so special. Your grandmother looked like she truly enjoyed life.

Enjoy your day and be well.

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, you have so many wonderful photos of you and your mom. You look just like and she was certainly lovely! I was most fortunate to know both of my grandmothers, one died when I was 15, the other one when I was 23. Wishing you a lovely day!

Jodiebodie said...

It's so fascinating to learn about our ancestors. You are lucky to know so much about your maternal bloodlines and to have photographs. Beautiful and profound. How much of them do you see in yourself? Happy Mothers Day.

Divers and Sundry said...

What a wonderful way to show appreciation for those who've gone before :) I love the photos. Happy Mother's Day!

My name is Erika. said...

Wonderful family photos. Your mom and grandmothers (all of them, even the greats) are beautiful. Your dad's mom looks like a friend of mine when she was younger. I love looking back at old photos and isn't amazing how stylish those older clothes are? Happy mother's Day to you Jeanie. Hugs-Erika

bobbie said...

Lovely post, Jeanie ~ a wonderful tribute!

Sandi said...

A wonderful tribute, Jeanie!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

This was a wonderful Mother's Day tribute to the moms in your life, Jeanie. I also did a post today but mine was more on the back story of how the day started. I also didn't really know my grandmothers.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Great tribute! Happy (kitty) Mother’s Day to you!

anno said...

To all of those who have nurtured us, consoled us, and helped us find our way. Happy Mother's Day (and thank you for this lovely tribute to yours...)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

You have so many wonderful photos of your parents and grandparents! You are so lucky! Mother’s Day can be such a hard day for many. So many are grieving the loss of a mother or a difficult relationship with a mom. Others are grieving the loss of a child or inability/challenged of becoming a mom. It feels like a heavy day for so many. I am very lucky to still have my mom in my life. I also have my paternal grandmother (my one living grandparent). She is 97 and I talked on the phone with her this morning. She is in good health and sharp as a tack most days which is another blessing.

Happy Mother’s Day to you - you have a special roll on your grandson’s life and I am sure they are so thankful to have you!

Prims By The Water said...

What wonderful memories of the mom in your life! Janice

Karen said...

Great photos. I wish I knew more about my maternal grandmother as a younger woman, and her mother as well. My paternal grandmother's life was an open book I often wish I hadn't read.

NanaDiana said...

I absolutely love this post of family photos and the women you loved and those that came before you. What a blessing to have those wonderful photos. Happy Mother's Day- xo Diana

Lynne said...

Loved your post and photos.
Happy Mother’s Day Jeanie . . .

Danielle L Zecher said...

I loved seeing all of your old family pictures.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

So very lovely Jeanie! Those were the days...

Sketchbook Wandering said...

What a sweet, dear post Jeanie. I wish I'd know more of my family...Lately I think of the one grandmother I did know...I'm sad that we didn't connect more, even though we lived in the same house. There were reasons way beyond my child's knowledge and control...still...Lots of love in your photos and writing...

Monica Hein ~ Beauty Diary said...

Lovely ! hope your Mothers day was wonderful

GretchenJoanna said...

These faces are so evocative... I would like to have met all of your women ancestors. I'm so happy most of us have photographs of the later ones. They are a treasure. Thank you for sharing your people!

Tracy said...

Soooo SWEET! What a lovely tribute to the women in your life, Jeanie! And how beautiful your grandmother's wedding portrait! And how pretty your Dad'd mom too... BEAUTY runs in you, in your family... :) Hope you had some online chat time with your baby grands?! ((HUGS))

Lowcarb team member said...

This is such a special post, lovely to see your photographs.
A wonderful tribute.

My good wishes.

All the best Jan

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Beautiful post, Jeanie. Made me cry.

The French Hutch said...

A lovely tribute to all these lovely ladies. I loved scrolling through your photos, they do remind me of some I have of my family. Mother's Day brings so many memories for me and my mom. I will miss her till the day I die.......

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