That Mom o’Mine

A lovely Mother’s Day weekend here in South Jersey and thoughts turn to making the most of it with hubby, planting our front wildflower garden in the shade of our blooming pink rhododendron – and thinking of our moms.

Ed’s mom, Irene, left him far too early.

She went on to be with the Lord in a tragic auto accident in 1967, when Ed was a mere boy of twelve.   He reverences her memory as a woman of grace and strength, the center and glue of his extended family.  She was a beauty queen in her hometown, wearing the title of Miss Fairton her senior year in high school.  And, Ed assures me that her cooking was legendary.  You can read a little bit about her famous Beef Stroganoff on a recent blog post of his at The Sheep’s Pen HERE.

My mom, Connie, was with me for much longer – leaving for her heavenly home in July of 2004.

I’ve shared the high school photos of each of them who were about the same age.  They both grew up in South Jersey.  They both married and had their first child before the end of the 1950’s.  They both have children who honor them and think lovingly of them everyday.

I recently posted a Lily of the Vally teatime tribute to mom for her birthday in February HERE . . .

And, crafted a Mother’s Day tribute to her HERE from last May with many pictures and fond thoughts.

But this year, after enjoying my own children’s thoughtful gifts of their love for me as mom – a pedicure with daughter Bethany . . .

And, a stunning orchid sent special delivery from my son and daughter-in-law – Andrew & Andrea . . .

Ed and I will plant the seeds for a new season of wildflowers, and silently meditate on the goodness of God in our lives to have blessed us with the season of our own respective mothers, this Mother’s Day.

Sharing That Mom o’Mine with Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. Lovely as always, Happy Mother’s Day. Nice Pedi. Lovely pictures and memories of the Sweet Ladies you both called mom!

  2. A lovely post….Happy Mother’s Day…with love Janice…

  3. Beautiful post paying homage to your each of your mothers. As a mother of four girls, my mind sometimes, when in a morose mood perhaps, or maybe not, that if I should be taken from them, what memories and legacy would I leave behind? I think this is what has fueled my devotion to journaling since becoming a mother. The written word has such a staying power.
    Happy Mother’ Day to you,

  4. Happy Mother’s Day dear Kathryn. I loved seeing the pictures of your moms in their youthful days. So pretty!

    As to your celebration pedicure, I have one question: Who got the polka dots?

  5. Lovely post, Kathy. A tribute that honored two very special women.

    Hope that you’re enjoying a very wonderful Mom’s Day – and I rise up with your family and call you blessed!


    p.s. Got some *new news* on my blog tomorrow – drop by if you get a chance!

  6. Happy Mother’s Day. It would be wonderful to be a part of Seasonal Sundays. You might be interested in my $100.00 Give Away.

    – The Tablescaper

  7. Precious post…celebrating those whose walk on this earth was shorter, and yet, leaving behind wonderful memories, may we all be so blessed.
    Looks like you had a great Mother’s Day…enjoy

  8. Hi Kathy,
    It’s wonderfful when you have such special memories of your Mothers.
    Your tribute to them and their photos are lovely.
    Have a lovely week
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  9. What beautiful pictures of your two special mothers!
    A lovely tribute, Kathy.
    Your orchid is gorgeous and so are those toes, lol!
    Hope all is well with you 🙂

  10. Miss Kathy…a lovely tribute to the two special moms in your life. They would be so delighted to read your blog, not just this post, but all your posts. I pray you are doing well. The sunshine is such a gift!
    Love ya, Lady Linda

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