I'm so glad your here! I hope and pray you enjoy your visit with me. My pages are different for one very important reason, I am a Born again, Bible believing Commited Christian and because of that, this site will reflect my beliefs.

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have
a single bit of talent left and could say
"I used everything You gave me."

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deu. 6: 6-7

        Greetings! If we have met before I welcome you once again, if this is our first "meeting" well then I am so glad you stopped in. I hope to give some "tidbits" of encouragement and thoughts about Mothers. We can't any of us pick and choose our mothers, however we can choose what kind of mother we want to be.

        For those of you that are new to my site, Let me introduce myself now, My name is Chris and I am the mom of 9 children. 5 girls, 4 boys (ages 7-nearly 27) our daughter Laura is married, the rest at home with us still. Well, for now anyway-- Our son Craig will be getting married in August. We now have a grandchild, what a joy she is! As you can well imagine our days are quite full.

        Let's begin with a little background on just how Mother's Day came about. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

The History of Mother's Day
        In May of 1905, Anna M. Jarvis made a vow that would change the face of calendars forever. Her mother had longed for a special holiday to honor mothers, and Anna vowed to finish the job her mother had started. It would be nine years of hard work before President Wilson signed the official Mother's Day resolution, making official the holiday that started as a way to honor one special mother.

        Anna's mother was Anna Maria Reeves Jarvis, the founder of the Mother's Day Work Clubs. She organized these clubs to improve sanitary conditions in her city. The club raised money for medicines, made bottled milk and food inspections, and provided domestic help for mothers who had tuberculosis. The clubs spread throughout the area. During the Civil War, the clubs acted as neutral agents, serving the soldiers of both sides. This was a time of personal tragedy for Anna, as she watched eight of her 12 children die before reaching adulthood.

        Near the end of the war, Anna organized a Mother's Friendship Day at the courthouse to bring people of both sides together in peace. Many were afraid the event would backfire and lead to violence, but the event was peaceful and so successful that it was repeated for many years.

        Anna died, and her daughter Anna led a small service designed to honor her mother on May 12, 1907, two years after her mother's death. She then went to work making Mother's Day a national holiday. She and her supporters wrote thousands of letters to businessmen, politicians and clergymen, seeking their help in establishing the holiday. In 1908, the first official Mother's Day celebrations were held in West Virginia and in Philadelphia in 1908. Philadelphia was the first state to make Mother's Day an official holiday in 1910, and by the next year, most states had declared a Mother's Day holiday.

        After Woodrow Wilson had declared Mother's Day a national holiday in 1914, Anna may have thought her work was over. Unfortunately, the holiday took on a commercial tone, and in 1923, Anna filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's Day festival. Later, she was arrested for disturbing the peace at a Mother's Day convention. She was furious to find the white carnations she had designated as the official Mother's Day flower being sold. "I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit," she protested. She eventually admitted to being sorry she had ever started the holiday, and she spent all of her inheritance trying to return the holiday to its loving intentions.

        Anna Jarvis, the woman who gave us Mother's Day, never married and never became a mother herself, although she received Mother's Day cards from around the world every year.

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The only crutches on the King's highway
are those tossed away by the side of the road.
Mother, you can walk today in God's wholeness.

It is not enough to feed them, send them to school, set them before the T.V. and believe you have done a good job. We need to really be with them, to be the one who understands them. Not their friends, or their teachers, but you! Let them know you are there for them. :-)

God's whisper can be heard beyond the stars
and beneath the seas- but listen, Mother, and you will hear
His voice echo in your heart.

One might ask herself this question - "How much like my mother am I? After doing that are you pleased with what you learned from her? Okay now lets put that shoe on the other foot shall we? Let me ask you (and myself) this, "Just what are your children learning from watching you?".

The secret to being a generous Christian in public
is being a committed disciple in secret.
Are you generous in secret, Mother?

One of the important things we can do for our child is be consistant in their training. That means work for us Mom! But the blessings are untold when we do.

Thank you Mother for teaching me
to trust the all-seeing eyes of God
to help me in every area of my life.

Another important GIFT you can give your children is keeping them before the Lord in prayer. Daily.. the little things as well as the big ones. And let them know you pray for them. Read them the Bible till they are able to do it themselves.

         Mom's come in all shapes, sizes, temperments and qualities. However there is one way we can all be alike. We all have the same opportunity to know the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour! He is only a prayer away for those of you that have not trusted Him yet. So ask yourself this question today... Are you Born again? Saved by the shed Blood of Christ? Im not asking if you go to church, whether it be Methodist, Catholic, Baptist or whatever...It is not enough to say "I believe in God" , "I attend church faithfully" , My parents raised us in a Religious home , or even "I believe Jesus died for my sins".

        The Bible says, And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Re 20:15 , and the only way to know that YOUR name is "written" down is to do as the Bible says. God has made it so easy for us to come to Him. It is a free gift that is your's for the taking.

        I am a Born again Christian and would love to share my testimony with you.

I have heard some great
little ditties about mommas
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Things My Mother Taught Me:

My Mother taught me LOGIC...
"If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can't go to the store with me."

My Mother taught me MEDICINE...
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they're going to freeze that way."

My Mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD...
"If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job!"

My Mother taught me ESP...
"Put your sweater on; don't you think that I know when you're cold?"

My Mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE...
"What were you thinking?  Answer me when I talk to you...Don't talk back to me!"

My Mother taught me HUMOR...
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT...
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up.

My mother taught me about GENETICS...
"You are just like your father!"

My mother taught me about my ROOTS...
"Do you think you were born in a barn?"

My mother taught me about the WISDOM of AGE...
"When you get to be my age, you will understand."

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION...
"Just wait until your father gets home."

My mother taught me about RECEIVING...
You are going to get it when we get home.

And my all time favorite thing--JUSTICE
"one day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU..then you'll see what it's like."

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My Home Page about everything I hold dear! Learning, comfort, growing, stories, poems, humor, My testimony, Really it will take days to go through this entire site, but then that is nothing compared to the months it took to create it is it? =) Please don't miss the blessings I have for you here! Looking for the answers to why God created you a woman? Be sure to check out my Rose Garden.

My Other Holiday Pages
Home for the Holidays with Mom of 9
My Christmas site, filled with lots and lots of goodies!

What is Love?
My site about love,I guess you could say it is my "take" on Valentines Day, love in friendship, for my country, most importantly, The love of God.

Our Daughter Laura is getting married, come meet her, her intended, and our beliefs about courtship.

St. Patrick's Day
The rainbow? the Pot of Gold? the Luck of the Irish? I have mixed a few of those goodies in with my memories growing up with A very proud Irishman!

Easter - The tomb is EMPTY
A realy great new idea for celebrating with the kids... teach and taste!


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