Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Well it's Wednesday and Hodepodge time again. Click HERE to join the others who participate.

1.  Share something you appreciate (or something you appreciated as you were growing up) about your mother.  Goodness how could I ever narrow it down to one?  There was soo much I appreciated about my mother, and having spent this last "almost" year without her, I am more aware of that then ever.  I guess maybe I will say that she was always my biggest cheerleader.  She encouraged me in everything I ever did, and was sure I could do anything I set my mind to.  She LOVED to listen to my stories and was always all ears when I had one to tell. She loved to laugh and taught me to find the humor in life and how to let it help you get through the hard times. I could go on and on here but it would only make me weepy, and you did say just "something".

2.  A quote most commonly ascribed to Plato reads "Necessity is the mother of invention."  When did this last play out in your own experience? Guess I take that quote to mean...when you feel you need/want something bad enough, you come up with a way to make it happen.  I am not sure that is exactly what it means, but I am going to go with that.  And for me that would be something really pretty simple.  I had been wanting new cushions for our porch furniture for a couple of years now. They had seen their last days and never had fit the chairs or bench right either.  But to replace them was VERY costly, and we are trying to save as much towards retirement as we can.  Sooo I figured out a way to just cut the sponge cushions down, and then re-covered them myself, buying the outdoor fabric as JoAnnes when it was on sale! I am very please with it.  Does this count? lol




3.  Share one of the earliest memories you have from childhood.  Well lets see...I couldn't have been more then 4 (if that!) and we lived in Lincoln, Nebraska at the time.  I was looking out the front window of our door and it was snowing.  It was twilight and soo beautiful and I remember wanting soo badly to go outside and play in it.  And yet, young as I was I had such a good feeling of being snug and warm inside with my mom cooking dinner.  Random I know.  We moved to California when I was 4 and honestly it is about the only memory I have of living in Nebraska.

4. When did you last "hit the mother lode?"  What was it?  I guess for me it would be last summer when we had TWO new grandbabies join our family.  Luke in late May, and Vinny in August.  Truly my cup runneth over.

5.  What is/was your favorite dish mom made?  Do you make that dish for your family/friends now that you're all grown up?  Well again, it is hard to pick just one.  My mother was a wonderful, wonderful cook.  But for me it was probably her stuffing.  How I LOVED it.  I could never seem to get enough of it when she made it for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  One year on my 14th birthday I chose a turkey dinner with all the fixings for my dinner (we always go to chose our birthday dinners) just so I could have the stuffing. She let me invite a couple of my best girlfriends too.  Looking back I can't believe she went to all the work of a turkey dinner just for me.  I am soo glad I learned to make this before she passed away.  She talked me through it the first couple of times, but it did take me a while to get it to be as good as hers.  To me, it will always be, "mom's stuffing".

6.  Mother May I was at one time a popular children's game.  It required no equipment or parts to play. What was your favorite childhood game where you could just turn up and play - no gear needed?  Without a doubt it was Hide and Seek.  LOVED that. But I also loved to play Red Rover. Though that was not something a lot of kids seemed to like.  Everyone loved hide and seek.  Guess we always played pretty elaborate games of "house" too.  We didn't have to have "gear" for it, but sometimes we did though.

7.  Which TV mom (past or present) is your favorite and why?  Oh this is easy.  It's Ma from Little House on the Prairie.  I LOVED her.  And for all the obvious reasons.  She just seemed like the perfect mom. Raising her kids, loving them, praying with them, enjoying them.  She'd bake, sew, teach, and guide them through all of life's experiences.  Probably one of my all time favorite shows.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.   My thoughts have been very much these last few days ALL about my mom.  It was last year at this time, ON Mother's Day as a matter of fact, that she had a massive stroke that took her life a short week later.  I miss her of course.  In many ways that never even occurred to me I would. How many times I have thought to myself, "mom will LOVE this story." or "I can't wait to show her this" or "tell her that" or "ask her something" only to remember that I no longer can.  Her presence at BIG events like the birth of my last two grand babies, or Jessica's recent shower, Christmas, or our frequent birthday celebrations is missed HUGELY.  There is just a definite hole there, or a feeling of someone's missing.  And there is of course. I expected that.  But I think it is in the little things in my day to day life where I miss her the most. Her last year was spent living in my home here which meant there are memories of her everywhere I look.  I am glad for that now.  But every time I find myself falling into despair over her loss, I hear her voice.  And she is telling me to "move along" (one of her famous quotes) keep busy, enjoy my life. She knew the Lord and I will see her again, and talk to her again, and maybe even eat her stuffing again. This first Mother's Day without her will no doubt be a hard one.  But I have decided to focus on the fact that I had her for almost 59 years and have a thousand GOOD memories of her to sift through in my mind. She's in a MUCH better place now and I WILL see her again.  Happy Mother's Day mom!


  1. A wonderful hodge podge week, Debbie. I have thought of you as you draw closer to the one year mark. Mother's Day will always be different for you than most people.

    I feel a little bit as if I knew your mom because she lived with you and you spoke of her so often in the year or so before she passed. I remember opening up the computer and reading when she did. My heart just broke for you.

    She was clearly special.

    I loved Carolyn Ingalls too. I thought they portrayed her so closely to Ma Ingalls in the books. My favorite TV mom was June Cleaver.

    And I LOVE your "mother of invention"!! That looks wonderful and that's exactly how my head defines the expression too.

    If I don't get back around here before Sunday, please know that I am sitting in my prayer chair lifting you in advance of the day, OK?

  2. Praying for you, dear one, as you approach a significant one-year anniversary. I know how hard those firsts have been for you. It's been 7 1/2 years since my mom passed, and I still miss her terribly.

  3. You did a wonderful job with your porch cushions. They look great! I forgot about stuffing. That is definitely a favorite of mine too, and one I do make a couple times a year.

    I think Mother's Day is hard for so many on so many levels. People wanting to be moms who can't be moms, people separated from their children for whatever reason, and those whose moms are no longer with them. Thinking of you...I hope your day is special and filled with love.

  4. I also love Ma in 'The Little House on the Prairie.'

    Your porch and the cushions look beautiful.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Romi @ In the Way Everlasting

  5. What a wonderful tribute to your sweet mom. I am so sorry that she is no longer with you. Makes it tough on Mother's Day, doesn't it.

  6. Very dear and very precious... This was a lovely read. Oh yes! Those cushions do absolutely count.

  7. Your mom sounds like an incredible woman. My mom has been gone since 2000 and it seems that as more time passes by, I grow to miss her even more. There's a hole in my heart that will never be filled. However, I have great comfort in knowing that I will see her again, someday. Your porch is just beautiful!

  8. Debbie, once again, we have something in common...we both moved to CA at age 4 :-)
    Seat cushions turned out great, I have been shopping for some myself...very pricey!
    Enjoyed learning about your Momma, lost mine on Mother's day 2011...I get what you mean that there are many ways you miss her you didn't expect. I will say a prayer for you that you have a joy filled heart that is full of happy memories this Mother's Day.


  9. Oh, Debbie, how I enjoyed reading this post and about your sweet mom. Your porch is beautiful and all of your hard work (and pricked finger) paid off in such a lovely sitting area!

  10. I think your "mother of invention" as the best I've read today. And, they are so lovely as well.

    Oh, Debbie, my Mom has been gone for 5 1/2 years and I still pine for her. I guess you just never get over the loss of your Mother, but as you said, life does go on and that's the way it should be.

    Blessings to you this first Mother's Day without your Mom.

  11. Enjoyed reading this post and all the memories of your mom. You did a wonderful job on those cushions, your porch looks so inviting

  12. The photo of your mom is stunning, so elegant, I know this past year has had a huge void in your life, but God has sustained you and you have kept a song in your heart, with wonderful memories of special times with her.
    You did a wonderful job with those cushions, and why am i not surprised, sometimes I don't think even you know of your talents, you are so gifted, Debbie!
    I too loved Red Rover and hide and seek, see... we are closer in age. than what I think ~smile~
    Your thoughts about your Mother have reached deep into my heart!
    This was such a great post, thank you for sharing.

  13. These are very precious memories of your wonderful mother. She was such an elegant looking lady. So pretty! I enjoyed your thoughts on all you shared. I think everyone loved Ma Ingalls. And your porch looks so welcoming.
    xx oo

  14. The cushions came out great. We are trying to be more frugal as we approach retirement. You know my husband always requests Thanksgiving Dinner for his birthday. I've done it a few times but his birthday is November 18th and then I had to cook one on Thanksgiving too! I said Hide and Seek but I enjoyed Red Rover too. Sorry about the loss of your mother. I lost mine 32 years ago.

  15. I always enjoy reading your Hodgepodge posts...but this one is so touching. {{Hugs}} to you as you remember your dear mother this week/weekend. May your memories be a comfort to you...may the Lord sustain you.

    Two grandbabies in one summer...delightful!!

  16. Your post always lift my spirits and at times brings tears to my eyes, this did both.
    Yes two grandchildren in one year...I got two in two days and three in one year, and my cup has run full.
    Your post on your mom..what a blessing. So many do not have that kind of relationship to cherish, you have one that is rare.
    Happy Mother's Day and thanks so much for sharing your world.

  17. Happy Mother's Day, Debbie!
    I know how much you miss your Mom.
    You were so blessed to have a lovely Christain mother. that is what I'm trying to concentrate on myself.

  18. What a special way to share your wonderful mother with us! It provided each of us with time to see who she was and who you are because of her. I truly enjoyed reading this kind tribute. The pictures are so pretty of her! I am sure it was a difficult day for you, missing her like you do. Thanks so much for sharing her with us.

  19. Debbie, I thought of you this Mother's Day as I remembered it was this last year that you lost your mom. This was a beautiful post in remembering your mom. I too miss my mom, especially on special days like this. And she was my biggest cheerleader too.

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Blessings and love,


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