Friday, January 9, 2009

The Seamstress

My mother taught me a lot of things. One of the things she taught me was how to sew. Not just the mechanics of it, but she also transferred her love of it to me. She had a passion for it. When I was little, she would give me her button box and a piece of string and let me make button necklaces on the floor beside her while she sewed. I would come home from school in the afternoon and almost always she would be sitting at her sewing machine. She would sing as she sewed – mostly her favorite hymns.

She made clothing for her own mother, herself, her children, and her grandchildren. She made my wedding dress and my sister’s too. She made maternity clothes for me when I was expecting and then she made baby bibs, baby blankets and baby clothes. She made Halloween costumes and prom dresses. She made curtains, tablecloths, tote bags, gift bags, potato bags, wallets, potholders and placemats among many, many other things.

She sewed – a lot. But that’s not all of her. She was loving, kind, generous, helpful, patient, faithful, and good. My mom was good. And we loved her.

My mom passed away yesterday. Heaven is happy, and we are sad. Say hello to everyone for us, Mama and save us a spot. We love you.


  1. So sorry to here about your loss Ginger. Your mother sounded like a great person. My thought are with you and your family.
    Hugs, Tina

  2. I too am so sorry to hear about your loss Ginger.
    Sending you and your family lots of hugs

    Vicki xx

  3. Ginger I am so very sorry for your loss. I will pray that you and your family will be comforted as you go through this.

    Big Hugs,

  4. Oh Ginger...I am so sorry. Such a sad time for you...but she was wonderful and that is all that matters now.
    Sending you my love and prayers.

    Hugs, Nancy

  5. Oh Ginger I am so sorry. Nothing I could say could possibly erase what you feel, so I will leave you with this:

    "God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way."

    I am sure your Mother is smiling down on you from Heaven.


  6. I am so sorry. I love my own Mom so much that I can feel your loss in my heart. God bless you. Vicki

  7. What a lovely mum. Its nice to be able to remember all those lovely early years. A hard few weeks for you all, its a lot to cope with. Look after each other. Amanda x

  8. Thank you all for your lovely thoughts and words of support. Kelly, the full version of that poem was on the back of the Order of Service which I did not know ahead of time. I remember it from somewhere else & always liked the sentiment. You all have been so kind & your comments are much appreciated.

  9. Ginger I am SO sorry! I had just replied to your email from last week before I read your blog. I just got back from a visit with my Mom at the end of the year... sending huge hugs to you! Laura Lynn XXXOOO


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