Well, I didn't call her Mama, I called her Mom, or Mo-om if playing at whining about my siblings.
Today marks 5 years since she went home, and she would've been 85. My daughter Abi (AKA Glitterfairy77) and I celebrated her with shrimp Chinese dishes - shrimp egg rolls, shrimp lo mein (a favorite of hers), shrimp dumplings, shrimp with garlic sauce, and moo shu shrimp.
I was blessed to be able to let her know how much she meant to me and influenced my ministry. She had always been kind to our friends; and when, from time to time, one would be experiencing problems at home, she let them stay with us. I told her how much that helped me to be a "spiritual mother" to so many young folks in Peru. I had stopped to see her before my trip in 2008, and we both knew she was doing poorly. She told me, "If I die before you get back, don't you cut your trip short!" I was with people who could comfort me, therefore, when the news came.
Thanks, Lord, for great memories.
She was a classy lady - looked like a movie star!
She DID eat, but stayed skinny. Not in MY genes...
One of our goofy group shots, me and my sisters and Mom - rather, "Mo-o-om!"
with two of our "wooly vultures"
Four generations - Mom, me, Abi, and my granddaughter.
Mom with her daughters, some summer gathering at the home of eldest (me in tie-dye)
A Memorial Day gathering at the nursing home where she spent her last few years.