Mother's Day is such a sweet day in which we can all honor our mothers. My mother died in 1986 when I was 20 years old. I miss not being able to tell her Happy Mother's Day each year. This morning I came to a shocking realization that I have now lived more years without my mother than with her. I wonder how I have managed? She was such an important part of my life. I think with the grace of God, He has helped me through the times that I needed my mother. He is the one who sent people to be with me when I needed my mother the most.
My sister has been there for me countless times. I can not thank God enough for her and her love, support, advice, humor and her listening ear. She has seen me through many tough times.
My sister-in-law, Roxann, was also there for me countless times the first years of mom's absence. We are not as close as we were then, but I know that she would be here for me at the drop of a hat if I needed her.
God has provided me with an exceptional mother-in-law to help ease the pain of my mom not being her. Penny has shown me love and compassion in a way my mother would. She has been there for all the times that my children didn't have their Grandmother there for. She has graciously filled that void in their life and I am forever grateful for that.
There are so many people God has placed in my life to fill the gap that I truly am so blessed. So Happy Mother's Day to each and everyone of you!!
(The pictures are of pillows that I hand painted and handmade. They are just a sampling of some of my artwork which I have sold. Mom, if you were here, you'd have a gazillion of these!!)
I grew up in a small Western Nebraska town, Mitchell. My stepfather was a piano tuner and my mother was a legal secretary. I feel like I grew up under normal circumstances, what ever normal is!
I have lived several places and have held many different occupations from my first job, working at a doggie grooming salon, to fast food joints, waitressing at a country club to family diners, ski lift operator, administrative assistant, restaurant manager, piano tuner, bank teller, para for SPED kids in junior high school, construction worker, to my husband's hired hand.
My husband and I married in 1996 and have four boys. Nick who is currently stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico, serving our country in the United States Airforce, Colton who is currently attending South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Chris who lives in Kearney and works for Charter Communications and finally Skyler who is a senior at Morrill High School. We own and operate our own family run business, Open A Bar 2 Ranch, LLC which is an all natural beef operation and a pastured poultry operation.