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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother’s Day – Something from the Past

(Originally published May 7, 2011. Edited.)

Here is a picture of my mom learning to be a mom from her mom.  I love this picture. :-)  It was taken in East Africa where my mother and her brothers were born and mostly raised.  This was how the African women carried their babies. 

I don’t think Gramma normally carried her babies this way, but it is a sweet picture, and she taught my mom a lot about taking care of babies over the years! :-)  She was a huge help with my youngest brother and sister, especially since we lived closer to her when they were small.

One of my earliest memories is being in Ethiopia and sitting with my mom while she wrote to her mom.  I was filling a piece of paper with scribbles and wanted Mom to send it to Gramma.  She couldn’t because she was using an air form and wasn’t allowed to enclose anything.  Interestingly enough, I always enjoyed corresponding with people by mail.  I think that love was passed on to me from this early experience and the “specialness” that was conveyed to my thinking of my mom receiving and sending letters to Gramma who was far away. :-)

I thank the Lord for my mother!  She has been a tremendous blessing in my life.  She has prayed so much for me and been such an encourager.  She also is a close and dear friend.

My Gramma was also a dear friend as well as a helpful grandmother and mentor.  She made time for me and we talked about so many things.  I value that very much.  I love and miss her and look forward to seeing her again soon in Heaven!

God bless the mothers and grandmothers who strive to instill in their children and grandchildren a love for the Lord and His word!  God bless the aunts and sisters, and all the "mothering" ladies who do this!

Proverbs 31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness…28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.


  1. I really enjoyed reading this, Mary - thanks for posting it! Fun to see the photo of Mom as a girl, too. :)

  2. That is a wonderful picture. Your Grandmother looks so happy. It is great to see this. So do you know any Ethiopian recipes. I here their food is delicious.

    1. Yes, I do know some Ethiopian recipes and their food *is* delicious - if you like spicy food. :-) I'm a little persnickety about it since I know what "the real thing" tastes like and don't appreciate imitations. ;-) The main thing is to get some good quality berbere (spelling varies) spice mix, which can be a little difficult, but is possible now in the U.S. There are some tutorials on YouTube for recipes. I'm sure there are places online that offer recipes. If you are on Facebook, here is one that I follow: https://www.facebook.com/groups/339119749492918/

  3. I love this picture! You can see love and joy and happiness in their faces.