Dear Mom

Hey Siestas! Is there anything you want to say to your mom today? Or anything you wish you could say? She may already be Home with the Lord like mine is but sometimes writing out what is on your heart, even if the person never reads it, can be healing. On the other hand, she may be very much alive but face-to-face is just too awkward to say what you wish you could say. The blog is yours today for “Dear Mom” letters. Just keep them to one reasonable size paragraph . It may take a few hours for you to be able to see your comment so don’t be alarmed. I’ll be at church then at lunch today but I’ll be very attentive when I’m home. I love you guys. Happy Mother’s Day to you Moms!

PS. It’s been several hours since this post went up and you guys have me just about bawling my head off. Some so sweet and some so painful. The Mother-Daughter thing can be very complicated. I’m like many of you. I could write a letter that goes something like, “Dear Mom, I love you and miss you so much. You were my best friend and favorite person for such a long time. So hilarious. Such a great story teller. Honestly, the world’s best grandmother. I wanted your favor more than anybody else’s on this earth. I would have done almost anything to get it and keep it. I wish so much things would have been different those last couple of years but we will make up for lost time when I see you. What a day of rejoicing that will be! No more sorrow. No more fear. I love you forever, Beth.”


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    Tammie says:

    To my dear Mom,

    I love you so much! Thank you for the heritage of faith you have given me. Thank for making me laugh, for listening, for crying, for speaking powerfully into my life, for seeing and understanding me – unbelievably well. The Lord knows, I continually beg Him for more time with you – I want you to see my husband and babies…. I pray and pray He allows you to be here when He brings me the One I have been waiting and praying for for so long. – thank you for loving me and everyone so much and so well. I love serving you and loving you. You showed me how….

    I love you so much,

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mama,
    It has been 13 years since you have gone to be with Lord. I love you and I miss you.Thank you so much for instilling in me at an early age the importance of having a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ…He has made the difference in this journey of life. Thank you for being a stay at home mom…I appreciate the sacrifice that you made for us. Even though we had very little financially, you wanted us to be grounded and be the best we could be. I appreciate your desire for me to play the piano.After years and years of begging,both me and my instructor were overwhelmed with joy when you and dad told me I could pursue other activities!I didn’t like it…but I appreciate it… now!Sorry mom,it was all about the ball for me!But out of it came such a Love for praise and worship…so thank you…it was well worth it. And during the college years…the care packages you sent me were simply the best!!!
    Thanks for being my mom.
    Much love,

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    Anonymous says:

    Hey Mama,
    I’m so thankful to have you in my life. You are the most perfect mother that could have been chosen for me. I love you even though I know that that phrase makes you uncomfortable. My prayer is that someday you may experience the love that our heavenly Father has for us, and that this encounter would remove the hurt and bitterness that prevails in your heart and prevents you from receiving the love that people offer you. Until that time though I’ll just continue greeting you with “hey mama” and understand that when you repeat that phrase back you mean that you love me too.

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    Anonymous says:

    I remember how little you seemed to like yourself when I was small, before school, when my entire days were at home with you. How tiredyou were and how unhappy you seemed. I tried to tell you how pretty you were one time. I really did mean it, too. You were the most lovely person in the world to me. Once I was in the basement with the TV and my toys and you were on the couch upstairs with all your books. I sat on the bottom stair wishing you would come down to be with me. My heart was all yours up until a certain point. But then I turned into a self conscious teenager and only felt ugly around you and lost my voice around you. I still wish I could find it to tell you how dear you are to me. We haven’t been close since I was little, if we ever were, so it’s sort of illogical that I would still love you so much. No one can take your place. There’s just been an emptiness most of my life that seems so permanent. I just long for you, it embarasses me.

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    Julie Marler says:

    This Dear Mom letter is a little different but shows how a loving God can work in a broken little girl’s life to make “all things work together for good”. If you don’t think it’s appropriate – please feel free to delete it.

    Dear Mom,
    I am so sorry I don’t have many good memories of our mother/daughter relationship. Unfortunately, most of my memories of our relationship are very hard and very sad. I remember a mom that was always emotionally distraught. I don’t ever remember any milk and cookies or hugs and kisses when I came home from school. I do remember being completely afraid to invite any friends over to our house because of the few times I did get brave enough to do this – you would totally embarrass me with your behavior. I remember having to wake you up to take me to school. The day I tried out for cheerleader and didn’t make it – you critized me and said it was because I wasn’t good enough. As a became a teenager and started dating – I would always try to double-date with a friend just so our dates could pick us both up at her house. When I got married I was so afraid of any scenes you may throw at my wedding and didn’t want to invite you – but I did.
    But when Jesus Christ became Lord of my life at age 19, God started to show me that it really wasn’t you – but mental illness that had tormented your mind all those years. No one ever talked about mental illness back then and I had never heard the words schizophrenia or depression or understood what they meant. Learning to love you in spite of all the things I now knew was hard. I knew God told me to “honor” you but I had all those heartache memories filling my head and honestly, there was no relationship that had ever developed. But God did give me love. Not the love that most daughters and mothers experience but a “understanding it all” kind of love and compassion.
    But the most amazing thing that God did was put an urgency in my heart to be the very best mother in the world. I wanted my children to have everything that I had never experienced as a child (and I don’t mean material things) Of course, many times I failed, but I was determined to make sure our home was a safe-haven for you. A place where you always felt loved, welcomed, cherished, and encouraged. A place you could bring your friends and not be embarrassed. A place where you not only heard about the love of Jesus – but also experienced this love. Now you are all grown and married and have blessed us with 8 beautiful grandchildren that are just “the icing”! I know we have the relationship that I never experienced and I give all honor and glory to Jesus Christ – the One that allowed me to become a “new creation” and break the chains of our forefathers (or foremothers!). Thank you Jesus for your unfailing love. Without you – I would have nothing!
    Mammy (to 8 sweet babies!!) and Mom to 3 children that have 3 beautiful spouses and wife of my Godly man for 37 yrs!! Praise His Name!

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    Mary says:

    Dear Mom,
    Bittersweet is how I would describe the day we had to say good-bye, because it was also the day you accepted Jesus. My favorite memories of you are when your eyes would well with tears as you described what joy it was for you to see your baby girl for the first time & how we would sit under the stars in the sumertime listening to the whiperwhills sing. I know you have found such sweet love in our Saviour's arms and I know the sweet assurace He's taking good care of your baby girl until the day He too brings me home. I love you and miss you more than I can say.

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    Xena says:

    Dear Mom,
    You never knew, while you were on this earth, that God taught me a power lesson through our relationship. I know you know about it now!! For years I wanted you to be the mother I thought you should be, not the one you were! After whining to God forever about it, I remember God speaking to me, one of the first times, and said, “Your mother may never change, but you can.” It was a ‘stand up and pay attention’ moment in my life! After leaving AK, God gave us those 6 precious years to watch that happened AND we both changed. Amazing how that process works! Have fun today dancing with Jesus! Love, Mare

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    Stephanie says:

    Dear Mom,

    You showed me grace and love like I have never known from another human, the day after you passed away. When I cleaning out your drawers for dad, and found the journals I kept documenting things that should have never been written down, I cried like I’ve never cried before. Thank goodness for Chris ( a girl cousin), who reminded me of the grace that showed, and the grace of God that you still loved me anyway and so did He. I can’t wait to see you again with Jesus. I’m thankful for those prayers you prayed for me to get to be a mom one day too. You would love your grandchildren dearly…twins…who would have ever thought!! Was that your special request?? Thanks for persevering prayers for us. God is still working on us.

    I love you,


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    Leslie Lauren says:

    Dear Ma,

    Oh my, what can I say…for so many years I tried to say I was nothing like you. You are bold, and brave, and Truth seems to come to you so much easier than it does to me. When kids would pick on me in grade school, YOU were the one who would go outside and come up with the zippy one-liners that I wished I’d had in me. When I was sick, you were the best nurturer any girl could ever ask for (remember the bell you gave me one time to ring whenever I wanted anything? Now THAT’S service!). You’re the only person I can make laugh at the drop of a hat. You’ve been the absolute best example of what it means to be a servant. Your love is matchless, and your Joy contagious. You are the epitome of what women hope to be. You are perfect in every way, and I love you so much more than you can ever imagine.

    Your Sweet Girl

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mama,
    I have 2 grown sons but still find this day sad, and it is because of you. Your divorce when I was five drove you to alcohol and away from your responsibilities as a mom. Life was very difficult for me after that. I tracked you down when I was 21 to share my new found faith in Jesus. I had not seen you in 9 years. You never made a commitment to God then, and you never verbalized accepting Christ a few years later when you lay dying from cirrhosis. Only God knows if I will see you again in heaven. I pray that I do…. and that we can finally have the relationship that I have always wanted to have with my Mama. I love you Mama, and am sad for the years that the locusts have taken. But I know that God can restore those years.
    Your daughter always,

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mom,
    How I wish I could write to you and you would love me and be proud of me for me. I wish I was what you wanted me to be but I am just me. I know that God has called me to be who I am adn I will follow Him. I have cried many tears over your not seeing me as me. One day the tears will be wiped clean and in heaven you will see all God has done in me and through me. I love you.

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mom,

    It has been nearly 20 years and I still miss you, especially on Mother's Day. I was sharing with Dan & Claire today on the way to brunch after church how you're favorite event on this day was to go to McDonald's for breakfast. I wish you could have been here to celebrate with your grandkids. They are all so special. Thank you for all you did for me. I never truly appreciated it until I had my own kids. I know you are with "Mama Beth's" mother celebrating being Home with our Lord and sharing in your breast cancer journeys. I love you always,
    Mary Ann (from Woodbury, MN)

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    Marilyn says:

    Dear Mom,
    This is the first Mother’s Day I’ve had without you since you went home on Christmas Day. It seems so strange not to call you and wish you happy Mother’s Day. I didn’t realize how this would impact me. I know you’re not hurting any more and you’re finally able to take deep breaths of heavenly air. I miss you and love you.

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    Susan says:

    Wow….This is way hard for me. I still have my mom, and I truly am thankful for her…She loves Jesus, me, and my family…and yet, all my life, I’ve had to hold her up, support her, encourage her…her mother abandoned her when she was a toddler. Her father and her precious step-mother raised her, and yet all her life she just wanted to hear her mom say “I love you”. Over the years, that desire turned into anxiety, depression, headaches, insecurities, trying to constantly please us and my dad, fears, worries….

    Brass tacks, I can’t go to my mom for anything, because she will literally fall apart, and everything that happens becomes “all about her.” I am 51 years old and still looking for a mom who will just hold me, love me, and be strong for me….and not fall apart. If I could just be a kid once in a while and not the grown up. I’ve raised two beautiful daughters, and worked so hard to be the kind of mom I needed when I was their age. Basically, I realize that my mother is never going to change. I’ve quit hoping for her that and know she will never truly be happy until she sees Jesus. I do love her, and will feel guilty for writing all of this. But it’s just fact. I’m constantly looking for a spiritual mom who will be “strong” for me.

    Thanks Beth…….I love you.

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mom,
    I want so badly for you to find who you are for you and not who you should be to anyone else. I want you to know who you are to Christ and that is all that matters. He alone needs to be your sole source of strength and guidance and no one else can be that for you. I want you to seek Him with all your heart and know how much He loves you. It is only through Him that we can love anyone else. I pray that I can love Him more so that I can pour more in to my children and family. Thank you Beth, for being the spiritual mother I never had. I pray that I can be there more for my children in a way that lead’s them to a relationship with Christ. Many blessings this Mother’s Day!

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear mom…
    You are only 2 hours away but we aren’t all that close. We are but we aren’t. I wish we could have more real conversations. I wish we could just talk the reality of faith, family and life. It’s just not gonna happen though. I wish so many things mom. I do love you dearly….even though you and dad are the two most stubburn people on planet earth. Thank you for loving me despite the living hell I put you and dad through for so many years. I know I put all that grey hair on your head. 😉

    Happy Mothers Day. You have really taught me so much. We are all messed up people and you always say “it could be worse.” I just wish it could be a little better.

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    Joyful says:

    Dear Mom,
    You have been a tower of strength and the pillar of our home. It’s difficult to watch you suffering now. A time of life when I wish you could just relax and enjoy the blessings of family and friends, yet you are burdened with the incredible weight of countless decisions and unfathomable heartache. Completely broken you sit and watch the love of your life for 65 years become a stranger in many ways. I can’t begin to imagine the loss as a wife. I only know it as a daughter. Our relationship hasn’t been perfect. We have our differences and we don’t always agree. You are an eternal optimist, refusing to see any negative and believing always in the good of everyone. Extremely sensitive, your responses have at times received rolled eyes and judgement from this daughter. You go to great lengths to please others and long for everything to always appear right and well. Your home is immaculate. Your clothing pressed. Your dinner always prepared. Your floors cleaned. Your windows washed. Your perfume on. Mom, today I rise up and call you blessed, as I am blessed by having the delight and honour of being your daughter. I wish right now I could remove all the pain, loneliness, decisions, misery and distress. I am doing what I can, but it feels like so little as I watch your head bow, your body shake and tears flow. Today Mom, I am praying for you. May the Lord tenderly hold you. May you feel His arms surround you. May your heaviness lift. May your helplessness be replaced with great courage. May the clouds of darkness dissipate. May His peace, that passes understanding, reign and be a reality in your heart. May your fear and insecurity vanish. May His love carry you…just for today…and then all your tomorrow’s. I love you mom.

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    Fran says:

    I wrote mine as anonymous because of the pain, Beth. Thank you for letting us get this out. Thank you that Jesus is alive and active until the very end. Thank you for giving me a place to be encouraged and loved on no matter what.

    Happy Mothers Day to my spiritual momma in the faith. I send you big hugs.

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    Missy says:

    Dear Mom,

    I woke up this morning with a phone call from Dad — at 7:15am. He forgot the time difference. 🙂 He wanted to wish me a "Happy Mothers Day" because I too, am a mom. He told me that he had been out to visit with you twice – once to talk and once to put some nice flowers on your grave. This is our first Mother's Day without you and we miss you so much!!!! I am at peace knowing that you are home with our Lord — but, mom, I miss you so much!

    Thank you for being there for me in the good times and bad. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank your for being a wonderful grandma to my 2 sons — who miss you so much!!

    I love and miss you mom!

    Beth – thank you for letting us comment on your blog! I lost my mom on January 25 at the age of 59. I wasn't sure how I would make it through this day, but thanks to my wonderful husband and sons (5&7) I had an awesome day!!! I love their handmade gifts…too cute!!! Happy Mother's Day!

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    Grace40 says:

    Hi mom,
    Jesus loves you and so do I. Please know there is no judgment and no fear of rejection, just come and sit with me and let me tell you about who Jesus is and how much He loves you. I want you with me forever…you’re my hero. You’re my girls favorite love here on earth. Please come and taste and see that the Lord is good. I will walk with you. I will hold your hand. I won’t leave until you feel safe.
    You are worth so much more than this world has to offer! Praying for you, always.
    Hugs a bunch,

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    Nancy Mon says:

    Dear Mom,
    Since you stuggle with alzheimers your words and thoughts are at times not clear. But I knew today when you told me I was a good ol’ girl I knew what you were saying to me. I love you too Mom!

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    Anonymous says:

    I look at this white square and I wonder what it is I would say to you. I guess I don’t understand and I wonder why. I don’t understand why you thought your girls were so ugly and told all your family that you didn’t know how you could have such ugly girls. Why couldn’t your mother’s heart see our beauty? I don’t understand why you never told me how my body would change as a teenager and why you never helped me by giving me the necessaries. Why you, through your thoughtlessness, allowed me to be the ridicule of my classmates as I walked around with blood on my clothes and in chairs I had just vacated. Why you turned your head when you saw my clothes. Why you let others treat me cruelly and never stood up for me against the world. You were never on my side. I always had to stand up against the world and protect myself from you as you laughed behind your hand at my mistakes. I don’t understand why you turned your face when my dad used me in ways that he should’ve only shared with a wife. You knew it was going on and when asked about it years later you said “at least he wasn’t after me”. Why you weren’t there for me when I needed you…after being raped. Why you made sure I understood after leaving home that I was never to ask for help. Not that I would’ve. I knew long before you said it that you wouldn’t. I thought I would understand some of those things when I became an adult and mother but I don’t. They are still a mystery to me. I can not even ask you face to face because you’ll deny it. Even to this day you don’t love me. You don’t love my children. What makes a grandmother not love her grandchildren? They are wonderful boys with big and loving hearts. It makes me happy to see that they are happy in their childhood. It brings me joy when they hug me and tell me they love me. It brings me joy to hug and love on my boys. I wish mom…I wish…

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    Anonymous says:

    i honestly thougth 7 years would heal the hurt of loosing you but so much has happened and is happening mom. I wonder so often do you get to see it? I miss you, your gentle guidance and ever present love! I hope you have a huge plate of chocolate chip cookies waiting for me when i get home. I love you!

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    Miss Debbie says:

    Dear Mom,
    Thank you for the gift of life and for naming me after you. I miss you so much. It has been six long years since you left us. Thank you for loving me the only way you knew how to. I had such an outrageous JOY in my heart when I came to know Jesus, I so wanted to share it with you. I wanted you to know the assurance we all can have in Christ. I felt like you rejected me and it hurt me deeply. I want you to know that I forgive you and I wish that I could tell you that to your face. If by some chance you are in heaven with Jesus, that is the prayer of my heart for you, for I do not know your heart….
    I thank the LORD he has brought salvation to me through the testimony of my 2 wonderful sons. I pray that with the years I have left here on this earth I can be to them everything a godly mother is. God has made a blessed thing out of my life and I will live every day praising Him and thanking Him for the unconditional love and compassion He has had on me and my wonderful family. Love you so much Mom. My heart aches for your eternal soul.
    Debbie June

    Thank you Beth for this opportunity to write to our mother’s. I have been so confused sinced my mother died I haven’t known how to put it into words. Thank you for being my Spiritual Mother and my Bible bring refreshing to my soul. Thank you for the love you have, and show to Amanda and Melissa. Your passion for the Lord and for your family live in all of us who have been touched by your life, thank you for your godly example of motherhood.

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    KAT says:

    Hi Momma,
    I miss you today. I miss you everyday. I miss your smile; no one has a smile like yours. And, Momma thank you for this poem you sent my by the Holy Spirit. I don’t know how I could bear this temporary separation without it. And be looking for my balloon. I’m sending one up again today to say hello and I love you.
    Under The Blood
    I worried when you first for Heaven departed;
    Because my words to you were not always kind-hearted.
    And as memories attacked my mind, my chest joined in
    And heaved and heaved – It was so very hard to breathe.
    What? What did you say with that voice so familiar, gentle
    and kind? It’s UNDER THE BLOOD my Little One came the reply.
    All those coulda, woulda, shoulda HE, our Saviour, has washed away.
    All is well, I love you too. So stop your fretting, this isn’t about me, nor You.
    Yet I must say, I am enjoying this Eternity, and I want you to love Jesus even more dearly.
    You know that here, a thousand years are as a day.
    So I’ll see you in a moment — now put away all your dismay.
    All is UNDER THE BLOOD and that my Little One is where it will stay –
    Forever, and ever says our Loving Father, Yahweh.

    Thanks, Beth.
    I love you my Sister and Bible Lady!
    Kathie Thompson

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    brandy says:

    Dear Mom,
    I love you so much and I wish I could express to you how much I need you. Since Annabella blessed our lives this past year, I have needed you more than ever. And you have been trapped in depression and cancer, with me not being the best daughter I could be to you. Oh how I pray that the Mom I knew would return. But if she doesn’t, I know the Lord will give me strength to be the best daughter to you I can be. Thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for being there for me when I needed you. Please know that even though I am a mom now too, I need you still. THe Lord will restore your joy. He is faithful.
    All my love,

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    Luv2Praise says:

    Dear Mom,

    We almost lost you last year. It was probably the best thing that has ever happened to us. This sounds crazy but it forced me to ask you if you had accepted Christ as your Savior. We all thought you would not make it through the surgery so it was too important not to ask. Your answer was a resounding YES! What Peace we all felt. Who knew that the heart surgery would produce more than we expected. The Lord knew better and we now have a mother with a changed heart. A mother who now tells us she loves us before she hangs up the phone. A mother who now has a tender heart and cries. Something she said she hadn’t done in years. I love you mom and thank God for you every day. Happy Mother’s Day! Love, Lori

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    Anonymous says:

    I saw my mom today….was able to tell her and show her appreciation!

    Your blog never ceases to amaze me…today as I sit reading these posts, I am taken aback….by the variety of words, feelings, thoughts and expressions of emotion. Sometimes our “rose-colored glasses” paint a picture that is not necessarily accurate to the raw human experience.

    Today I appreciate my mom all the more, but I also appreciate God’s unbelievable love that surpasses all understanding…to take some of these stories and make victors out of true heroines….now that is some amazing work on the part of our awesome God!!

    Thanks for a post that revealed much more than I could have imagined! Who knew Mother’s Day would make us think past the day…..well, we are talking about LPM’s blog (aka, Beth Moore’s post for the day)!

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mama, I wish you had not left us at such an early age. I just had my 5th grandchild and wish you were around to meet them. I put all that I can into being the best NANA I can be. My family are my treasure on this earth and I pray that they will all meet you one day in heaven. I was only 17 when you committed suicide, but I know that we will have eternity to spend together in heaven. I Love You Mama

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    Lily says:

    Dear Mom,

    Now that I have teenagers, I understand a WHOLE lot more of what you went through with me. Wow. Thank you for not giving up on me!

    Love you!
    -Your little girl

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mother(my mom) and Mom(mother-in-law),
    You are both gone now but I miss you both terribly. Mother, you left us so young, I was only 27 but at least you got to see your grandkids! Thank you for your love and support! Mom, you have only been gone one year and you were always so good to me and your advice was always well taken. I love you both so much and I’m looking forward to seeing you both when I get to heaven!

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    Laura R. says:

    Dear Grandma,
    I know this is supposed to be to our moms but for some reason your face is all I have been able to see today. I wish I could see it again here on earth but I know that I will be able to see you and kiss you again one day in heaven. Thank you for being such an inspiration for so many years. Your kindness, generosity, and unwavering faith are lessons I desperately hope to be able to pass on to my own children. How I wish you could see them – Emily is a little “Emerald” in miniature, and I have more than once found myself in tears wishing you could have really known her before you left us. But I believe that you are looking down on us and smiling. I know that I will miss you every day for the rest of my life but I believe we will be together again one day. Until then, I hope you know how much I loved you and how much you meant to me. I love you,

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    Gwen says:

    Dear Mama,

    You’re here but you’re not. It’s hard to believe that in the 2 1/2 years since you were diagnosed with Dementia Related Illness at such a young age, so much has changed. Yet so little has changed as well. Though you struggle with finding the words to express your thoughts, your look says it all. And you never forget to tell me “I love you.” Those words flow from your tongue so smoothly just like they always have. This morning as you stood beside me in church, unable to keep up with reading the words from the hymn book and not remembering some of the old familiar songs we sang, you still sang. Though you fumbled your way through the lyrics, you sang. And when my heart wanted to break over this, Jesus sent me such a blessing in assuring me that HE understood everything you were singing for you were singing to Him from the depths of your heart. Oh, how I pray that as your memory fails you, you will never forget Him. That He will be your joy and your passion in these days as He always has been. I hold to His promise “Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4). His love is timeless and He loves you so. And although I miss the “old” you, I still love you so very much. You are my first and best friend on this earth. You taught me how to love and I will love you and honor you all the days of your life.


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    AbbyLane says:

    Dear Mom,
    You are a quiet, little one. 🙂 You never say much, and you would rather ANYBODY else have the spot light except you. You are one of the most selfless and giving people that I know. I don’t think I’ve ever told you that. You have such a servants heart and never turned anyone away from our home when I was growing up (even our sweet Avon lady who walked to all her houses-in the blazing summer-and never showered. grin.) You and dad did a good job raising two kids when you both had fish bowl jobs at the church. It’s a wonder anybody liked us cause they all knew our business. I’m loud, so people always think I’m like dad, but I think I’m more like you. I’d rather people watch too, than be one of the people that we are watching. Thanks for letting me listen to God for myself, and for trusting me (and Him) when I knew He had called me to live 6 hours from home the day I graduated. You see the good in everybody and never judge a book by it’s cover. Even the cracked and dusty ones. I get many things from you, but among my favorites are my big feet, brown eyes, and insane love for coffee. You and dad are the most generous people I know, and you give me way too much. Thanks for always being available for me to talk to…even when I wouldn’t. You’re my favorite.
    I love you
    [Ps…thanks for the new christmas ornaments so I can have my very own tree next year. 🙂 ]

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mom,
    Thank you for our most precious relationship. Your love for family is a treasure that you have passed to us all. Your selflessness and servant's nature is truly a gift. You have poured out unconditional love on me all of my life, and I have never doubted your love for me. Thank you for taking us to church every Sunday, for making sure we were close to our grandparents, and for loving our dad (now for 43 years). You gave us so many opportunities and made sure we had the best of times (and you are one awesome cook!). You are the best Nana in the world, and Meg & Ev think you hung the moon. We all love you so much!!!

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Grandma,
    Although it has been 8 years since you went to heaven, there isn’t a day go by that your imprint on my life isn’t felt. You were a mom to me in every emotional sense. God knew that we needed each other in so many mom/daughter ways. Thank you for being a Christian inspiration to me. My faith is stronger because of watching you walk in faith in the Lord.

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    ocean mommy says:

    Dearest Mommy,

    There are few words to express just how crazy I am about you. This year I am especially thankful for the words of truth that you have spoken to me and INTO me! I remember several conversations (middle/high school years) where I know that I rolled my eyes and acted like I didn’t care, but I was listening. I heard those words, all that scripture and the love that you poured out. It stuck mom, it stuck. I pray that I will do the same for my girls.

    Thank you for not giving up on me…

    I love you and thank God for picking me to be your oldest daughter…

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    suzanne says:

    Dear Mom and “MeMe”,
    Twenty years have past since I have held your sweet hand and heard your comforting voice. I know without a shadow of a doubt, you are cancer-free and are rejoicing with Aunt Dessa, who arrived alongside you and Daddy and our loved ones a few weeks ago.Your grandchildren remember your special love and care for them. Looking back at my childhood days, I want to thank you for the sacrifices you made for me. You inspired my life more than you could ever know. My most precious memory is that you taught me early to seek the Lord,to read His Word and pray without ceasing. I have your Bible and I cherish all of the notes that you had made. You were a woman of noble character. On the flip side, I miss the shopping trips with Lauren and Jonathan,your turkey and dressing,and your makeup pointers and most of all, the long conversations with the best brewed cup of coffee ever! Starbucks could not even come close!
    I love you!

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mom,
    How I wish I had known that you loved me in your own way. I do so much appreciate your daily prayers for me and for my children. Thank you for developing such a special relationship with my girl. She loves you so much and knows that you love her. Thank you for leading me to know Jesus as my Savior, what a tremendous gift!! What a wonderful testimony your life has been.

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Mama,
    I do love you and that is important for you to know. I have never felt like you loved me. I missed all your hugs and all your attention while I was little and even until I was married. I wish you had taken the time to read me just one book. Then I think you missed me and wished you had the time back.(I know I did.) I finally realized that you didnt have time to hold me or talk to me because you were trying to keep a roof over my head and food in my mouth and clothes on my back. I was hungry for you and you gave me what you really thought I needed. And you did it alone. All 5 of us – you provided for alone. I was a brat! You are the strongest woman I know and the most focused woman I know – I do wish I could have known you loved me then – it would have made a differance. I wish that you knew how to tell me I love you and not just show me that you did.( I would never tell my mama this face to face and I probably sound terrible – but God knows my heart and all the stuff all my junk.) Love,

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    Theresa says:

    Dear Mom,
    I miss you like crazy. It’s been three years and still my heart aches to see and feel you in the flesh. It was hard Mom. We both were very stubborn. I so much wanted you to be proud of me. I realize now that you were it was just hard for you to tell me. I look back and see little things that tell me otherwise. Life was hard for you. So much pain and I am sorry that you didn’t get help to work through the pain. Jesus was there waiting, I wish I knew then what I know now. That his saving power also has transforming power….I am so sorry. I love you. You passed on to me so many wonderful qualities and some…. well not so good but Jesus has transformed those as well. It’s good for you to know that. There will be day when we will be able to finally rest in Him together. Daddy’s doing fine…he misses you just like all of us. This beautiful family you poured your heart and soul into.
    I blame you for nothing and forgive you for everything.
    Your loving daughter,

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    Donna Cooper says:

    Dear Mom…

    I look at a picture of you and I remember:

    *The joy you had doing something you love.
    *Your passion for whatever project you were working on.
    *Your dedication to do what you felt was right.
    *Your compassion for the poor and hurting.
    *Your steadfastness to your beliefs.
    *Your desire to do something grand in life.
    *Your honesty, even when it hurt.
    *Your determination to stand for the truth.

    I used to think we were so different.
    Opposites in many ways.
    But as I read this description of you,
    I see that we really are so much alike.
    You gave me such a wonderful foundation for life. Joy, passion, dedication, compassion, steadfastness, honesty, determination…

    What a beautiful legacy you imparted to me.

    Thank you, Mom
    You are remembered
    with a heart full of love.

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Birth Mother,
    Thank you for giving me life and for giving me up for adoption. God blessed me because of your act of faith/hope/desperation. I don’t know why you did it, but I want you to know that I am happy and healthy. I love my birth family and my parents are wonderful. I don’t want that to hurt you, but I want you to know it all turned out well. I have only good thoughts towards you and it’s my deepest wish that you know Jesus too and we will get to talk in eternity together.

    your daughter

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    Heather says:

    Dear Mom,
    I wish I would’ve gotten to know you. When you left me and dad, my heart broke. I was only a little girl, but I still remembered you. All I wanted growing up was to know you. When I got married and had my own baby, I so much wanted to ask your advice. I felt completely lost. I needed a mom so much. I forgive you for not wanting me in your life and for not loving my dad. I forgive you for not being a part of my life. I’m so thankful for the time we did have together and I pray that you come to know Jesus Christ in a very personal way. I can’t imagine what great things He has in store! He has been SO faithful to me! My son is 8 years old now, by the way and he’s amazing!
    All my best to you on this Mother’s Day, Heather

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    Marilyn says:

    Dear Mama
    how I miss you, you have been gone from us 9 yrars yet I still at times pick up the phone to share some bit of life with you. Since your mom died when you were two, you never experienced a Mother’s love you wer the greatest Mother to your 7 girls and 1 son. having the ability to making us all feel we were the favorite without us feeling jealous of each other so much like God’s love. I know you are enjoying your Mom now. thank for a the love you gave to your family and friends. your speaking limited by youe stroke Your parting words to us the last you were with us was I love you fine.Today I love you fine and more.
    marilyn Sue

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Beth,
    Mother’s Day is hard for many reasons the Lord knows. We are still healing from the loss of our oldest going home in 2003 after having cancer in 1994, 1998 and 2003… At 12 1/2 years old his love for Jesus was such a blessings to us and others. We just miss him and along for heaven and be at Jesus feet until than somedays are harder than others. I am thankful for a wonderful husband and son who also loves than Lord still miss him.

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    Anonymous says:

    Mom it has been so hard not to call you today. You know like I always do, just say I am sorry so we can move on. I have endured 30 years of mistreatment from you and I have to stop it because you are not. I am good mother no matter what you say. I am a good person no matter what you say. I am not going to appologize anymore for things I haven’t done just to keep the peace. I love you but I can’t let you be a part of my life. I pray that you would just reach up and grab his hand that I know He is extending to you. I did and it was the best decision I ever made. Do it mom.

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    Phil and Lori says:

    Dear Mom,
    This month you will have been in Heaven as long as I had you here on earth. Nineteen years old was too young to lose you. I wish so much that I could have had a relationship with you as an adult. However, that is not what the Lord had. I really can’t believe it’s been nineteen years since I heard your voice. I want you to know that the Lord has blessed me tremendously. That is your legacy. I married a Godly man and have two wonderful boys. I want you to know that I will always be there for my sister. Since she was only four when you died, she did not get the upbringing that I did. She has had such a rough life. She will be graduating from SMU next Saturday. I hope you have a window in Heaven to see! She is not walking with the Lord, but I won’t ever give up on her. The Lord has blessed me with several older women who have invested into me. He has been good to me. Can’t wait to see you in Glory. I think of you so very often. Thank you Mom for everything.

    I love you so very much.

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    Sandra says:

    Dear Mom-
    I miss you so much. I can’t believe it’s been 16 years. You’ve been gone nearly as long as you were alive in my life. I feel like I really missed out by losing you when I was 18 because I never got to know you as an adult. I hope you are proud of what I have become. You made me this way. And I’m forever grateful. I love you Mom. See you soon.


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    Anonymous says:

    I was the one who posted earlier about waiting to hear what happened at the hospital today. My Mom died, I will leave on Tuesday to travel to Nova Scotia to be with my sisters. But, all these comments have been such a blessing to me, they have given me perspective.

    She wasn’t always what I wanted her to be, but she did what she could. Things could have been so much worse. I was able to tell her I forgave her before it was too late. That makes me feel better, she knew I loved her.

    I’m trusting that even though she didn’t tell me in the words I wanted to hear that she knew Jesus, I believe that she told Him.

    Thanks for your prayers.

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