Monday, 14 May 2012

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL: YOUR FIRST LOVE


For those who are fortunate enough to still be blessed by having your Mom with you,
this is beautiful...
For those who aren't...
it is even more beautiful.
It takes my breath away!

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked.  And the guide said "Yes, and the way is hard.  And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning"

Since the young mother was happy, she would not believe that anything could be better than these years.  So she played with her children, she fed them and bathed them, and taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike and reminded them to feed the dog, and do their homework and brush their teeth.  The sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."

Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her arms, and the children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary.  But at all times she said to the children, "A little patience and we are there." So the children climbed, and as they climbed they learned to weather the storms. And with this, she gave them strength to face the world. Year after year, she showed them compassion, understanding, hope, but most of all... unconditional love.

The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she became little and bent.  But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage.  And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and are now passing these traits on to their children."

And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her, and gave her their strength, just as she had given them hers. One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill, they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.  And mother said: "I have reached the end of my journey.

And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk with dignity and pride, with their heads held high, and so can their children after them.  And the children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates." And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her.  And they said: "We cannot see her, but she is with us still.  A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence."

Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning. Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop.  A mother shows every emotion... happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow... and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.

She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.
Not time,
not space...
not even death!

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL: THE LOVE OF A MOTHER


There is a story called ‘Laddie,’ that tells of a Scotch mother whose son in early manhood had been allowed to go to London to be brought up by an old physician friend who educated him in his profession.

About the time the son graduated, his father died and the young doctor was unable to go home. A few months later the mother, hungry for love determined to go and live with her son who now had settled down to his profession.

She surprised him and while glad to see her, shadows played over his face at the thought of the little old-fashioned mother settled over his home. What would the aristocratic people think of her? What would his sweetheart, Violet, say to her old-fashioned ways?

Keeping her true identity from his servants he determined to settle her in the suburbs of the great city where he might see her often. That night he suggested to her that the traffic and bustle of the city would be too noisy for her, and it would be better for her to live just outside of the city, where he could run out and visit her. A shadow came over her face. Quickly concealing it, however, after a while she retired saying that they would talk the matter over again in the morning.

The doctor tried to sleep but could not. He rolled and tossed until he heard his door open and he called out: ‘Mother, what is it?’ And she said, ‘Laddie, may I come in and tuck you in just as I used to do when you were a boy?’ ‘Yes, mother,’ he replied. Tucking him in, she stooped over and kissed him and then retired.

That kiss burned into his soul and he resolved that he would keep his mother no matter what happened.

After making this decision, he fell asleep.

He slept longer than usual in the morning. As soon as he was dressed he went to his mother’s room, but she was gone; the place was empty. A little note told him that she did not want to stand in his way, and she was sure that she could find a way to care for herself. He tried to find her but could not; she had slipped out of sight.

He told Violet and she searched with him, but to no avail. Months afterward, when the doctor had visited a patient in the hospital, and was going out through the accident ward, he saw a screen around a cot and he said to the nurse: ‘Some one near death, I see,’ ‘Yes,’ was the reply, ‘ an old woman was run over by an omnibus and she talks in her delirium about her old home and now and then she calls for Laddie.’ Instantly the doctor was around the screen to the cot, and there lay his old mother.

With a cry of ‘Mother,’ that would almost have called one back from the dead he threw himself by her side. She opened her eyes and wearily stroked his head and said: ‘It had been a long way since I left you, Laddie.’

Violet came and the two stood by her cot as her life went out with the going down of the sun. And she gave them her parting blessing and the doctor discovered a mother’s love that did not want to stand in the way of her son’s success.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL: PAID IN FULL


A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:

For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: $.50
Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25
Taking out the garbage: $1.00
For getting a good report card: $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00

Total owed: $14.75

Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he'd written on, and this is what she wrote:

For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me:
No Charge

For all the nights that I've sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you:
No Charge

For all the trying times, and all the tears that you've caused through the years:
No Charge

For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead:
No Charge

For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose:
No Charge

Son, when you add it up, the cost of my love is:
No Charge

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said, "Mom, I sure do love you." And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote:
"paid in full".

If your mom is alive and close to you, give her a big kiss and ask her for forgiveness. If she is far away, call her. If she has passed away, give thanks for her.

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL: A WISE WOMAN


A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.

The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.

But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. "I've been thinking," he said. "I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone."

Sometimes it's not the wealth you have
but what's inside you that others need.

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has || Henry Ward Beecher

You aren't wealthy until you have something money can't buy || Garth Brooks

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give || Winston Churchill

Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think || Ayn Rand

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL: A MOTHER'S SECRET


She was a beautiful young woman, just into her twenties. Happy, outgoing and extremely friendly, Kelly had no trouble making friends. She was little more than a year from completing college and her dream job would be awaiting when she finished. But now, for  the first time in her life, things were in total disarray. Her boyfriend of several years had just broken off the relationship as he chose to take a job offer half way across the country. What he didn't know was that he would not only be leaving Kelly behind, but he would be leaving a daughter behind too.

Weeks before her boyfriend moved away, Kelly suspected she was pregnant, but didn't want to further disrupt things by saying anything. She knew that while she had loved her boyfriend, they would both be able to move on to independently forge happy and successful lives. After having confirmed her suspicions about being pregnant she took some time to contemplate. She had met with several doctors and finally decided it would be best to quietly end the pregnancy. A few weeks later, after having researched her options, she went in for an abortion and came out assured that she had made the right choice.

Kelly eventually got married and did in fact build a happy family. No one ever knew her secret, but it was best that way. At times she did think about the past and the daughter she almost had, but for the most part, life was good to Kelly. This afternoon, things changed.

Kelly was on her way to pick up her two teenagers from school when her car was side-swiped by a semi-trailer.   No seat-belt or airbag was a match for the blunt force that likely killed her instantly. Kelly's story doesn't end here.

You see, 7 years ago Kelly had told friends and family that she had experienced something different during another mundane Sunday church service. She said for the first time she accepted what the Christian religion calls the "Gospel of Truth". Her acceptance of Jesus as her Savior and following repentance assured her that she would find herself in heaven when death came to her.

Today, death found Kelly and she indeed stands before God in heaven. It is her judgment day - a day in which we all must face God and answer to Him for our life on earth. For the first time, Kelly will look up and see the face of God the Father, with Jesus Christ sitting at his right hand side. At that moment, she will notice the face of an innocent young child who is sitting on Christ's knee. Kelly's secret was never truly hidden, and now her own daughter asks - "Why did you kill me mommy? Why didn't you choose to love and accept me the way God loves and accepts you?"

I don't know how Kelly responded to that piercing question. I can only imagine the surprise that baby girls' father will have when he dies and meets the daughter he never knew he had.

MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL: A MOTHER'S TEAR



"Why are you crying?" he asked his mom. "Because I'm a mother" she told him. "I don't understand," he said. His mom just hugged him to her and said, "You never will."

Later the little boy asked his father why mother seemed to cry for no  reason. "All mothers cry for no reason," was all his dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why mothers cry. One night, he had a dream. In his dream, he called God on the telephone.  When God came to the phone the man asked, "God, why do mothers cry so easily?"  God answered him, "My son, you see, when I made mothers, I knew they had to be special.  I made their shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.  I gave them an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times come from their children and mates. I gave them a hardiness that allows them to keep going when everyone else gives up, and to take care of their families through sickness and fatigue without complaining. I gave them the sensitivity to love their children under all circumstances, even when their child has hurt them very badly. This same sensitivity helps them to make a child's boo-boo feel better and helps them share a teenager's anxieties and fears. I gave them a tear to shed.  It's theirs, exclusively, to use whenever needed. It's their only weakness.  It is a tear for mankind."

MOM'S SURVIVAL TIPS

To my kids who have left home and are on their own, I pass on a list of life lessons:

1. Don't sweat your every mistake or faux pas. They make up for the things you got away with that nobody knows about.

2. Avoid marrying anyone who deliberately flushes the toilet when you're taking a shower.

3. When someone tells you that what he's about to say is "for your own good," expect the worst.

4. The value of a dog is its constant reminder of how much fun it is to be idiotic.

5. If you are lavishly praised, enjoy the taste but don't swallow it whole.

6. When a politician says, "Let me make something perfectly clear," remember that he usually won't.

7. Your children may leave home, but their stuff will be in your attic and basement forever.

8. If someone says, "I know what I mean, but I just can't put it into words," he doesn't know what he means.

9. Two people cannot operate a TV remote control in the same room at the same time.

10. Don't waste time trying to be your own best friend. You can't pat yourself on the back, and it's unsatisfying to cry on your own shoulder. Find a real friend instead!



                       The eagle recovers around a mark!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

MORE MOTHER'S DAY QUOTES


A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.
Mildred B. Vermont

Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.
Charlotte Gray

Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own.
Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.
Abraham Lincoln

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
Marion C. Garretty

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam.
Henry Bickersteth

Mother that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.
T. DeWitt Talmage

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

There was never a great man who had not a great mother -it is hardly an exaggeration.
Olive Schreiner

And it came to me, and I knew what I had to have before my soul would rest. I wanted to belong to belong to my mother. And in return I wanted my mother to belong to me.
Gloria Vanderbilt

But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
George Eliot

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.
Mildred B. Vermont

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
George Washington

Nobody knows of the work it makes to keep the home together. Nobody knows of the steps it takes, nobody knows but mother.
Anonymous

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
Tenneva Jordan

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
George Cooper

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.
Mildred B. Vermont

The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
William Goldsmith Brown

If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.
Robert Brault

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.
Peter De Vries

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.
Anonymous

All mothers are working mothers.
Anonymous

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Sophia Loren

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
Marion C. Garretty

              
Mother that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.
T. DeWitt Talmage

A mother is a mother still,
The holiest thing alive.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
Jewish Proverb

A mother understands what a child does not say.
Anonymous

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Abraham Lincoln

It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.
Phyllis Diller

Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother's Day, with its offensive implication that our love needs an annual nudging, like our enthusiasm for the battle of Bunker Hill.
John Erskine

Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that.
Golda Meir

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
Irish Proverb

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.
John Wilmot

You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around and why his parents will always wave back.
William D. Tammeus

Now that... my kids are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to raise and to keep a family together. The example of your strength, devotion, and patience is now rippling through the generations. Thank you!
Forest Houtenschil

Motherhood is priced
Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.
Helen Hunt Jackson

It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't.
Barbara Kingsolver

Who fed me from her gentle breast
And hushed me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother.
Ann Taylor

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.
Ann Taylor

On Mother's Day I have written a poem for you. In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines: You're my mother, I would have no other!
Forest Houtenschil

Children are a great comfort in your old age and they help you reach it faster, too.
Lionel Kauffman

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
William Makepeace Thackeray

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
Washington Irving

This heart, my own dear mother, bends,
With love's true instinct, back to thee!
Thomas Moore

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.
Sam Levenson

The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents.
John J. Plomp

Before a day was over,
Home comes the rover,
For mother's kiss sweeter this
Than any other thing!
William Allingham

I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich.
Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
Dinah Craik

Where we love is home home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.
Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
Ambrose Bierce

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
Oscar Wilde

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Aristotle

A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done.
Anonymous

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it.
Haim Ginott

Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.
Marilyn Penland

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
Chinese Proverb

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.
Red Buttons

If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family.
Lawrence Housman

              
Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.
William Feather

Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine. You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star. If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word "collectible" as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success.
Fran Lebowitz

The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
William Goldsmith Brown

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
Washington Irving

A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man
George Eliot

Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons
Nepoleon Bonaparte

That best academy, a mother's knee
James Russell Lowell

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not
James Joyce

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
Lin Yutang

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
Tenneva Jordan

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Sophia Loren

Only mothers can think of the future-because they give birth to it in their children.
Maxim Gorky

INSPIRING MOTHER'S DAY QUOTES



Once upon a memory
Someone wiped away a tear
Held me close and loved me,
Thank you, Mother dear.

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers!

"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold,
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be.

For the best mom
who always had a smile for me
I know we may be far apart right now
So here's a great big hug and kiss.

In an exam,
children were given to write an essay on mother. One child wrote: “Combination of million words
from 26 alphabets can never express my loving mom.”

You’ve seen me laugh
You’ve seen me cry
And always you were there with me
I may not have always said it
But thanks and I love you, mother!

Mother is an undying love,
A love beyond compare,
the one you take your troubles to,
she is the one who really cares.
Mother you are all of this and more,
I love you very much!

My mother, my friend so dear
Throughout my life you’re always near
A tender smile to guide my way
You’re the sunshine to light my day!

When you feel you are alone in the crowd,
When you think no one can understand you,
When your love is rejected by others,
And when you hate your life,
Just close your eyes and see,
The face that loves you
More than anyone else,
Who care for you in loneliness,
And dies when you cry.
She is no one, but your sweet loving mother.
Love your mom first, and always.

A mother serves her sugar with
A bit of peppermint
To clarify the passages
That carry what she meant
When she first set to bear a soul
Quite separate from her own,
Whom she would cherish, yet must teach
To live and die alone.

Make for me a place within your heart
On which I can depend. For only you
Touch the ancient wellsprings of my tears,
Home through all the wanderings of my years,
Eden that no other can renew,
Root I cannot rend through rage or art.

What the heart gives away is never gone, but kept in the hearts of others, from dusk to dawn. Love you from the core of my heart. Mother!

A mother is the truest friend we have,
when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us;
when adversity takes the place of prosperity;
when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us;
when trouble thickens around us;
still will she cling to us,
and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness,
and cause peace to return to our hearts.

Being a full-time mother is
one of the highest salaried jobs…
since the payment is pure love.
|| Mildred B. Vermont

Your arms were always open when I needed a hug.
Your heart understood when I needed a friend.
Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson.
Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly.
|| Sarah Malin


There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap,
no rose as lovely as her smile,
no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.
|| Archibald Thompson

Many hugs
Only love, never anger
Teaching me
Helping me
Every smile when I was sad
Raising me to be strong
It spells Mother. Thanks for being you!

Smiles of happy sunshine,
Arms of everlasting love,
Touch of sweet roses,
There is magic in the air
Whenever you are there,
Mother, everything to you I owe,
May all pleasures of life come your way.

Your arms were always open when I needed a hug.
Your heart understood when I needed a friend.
Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson.
Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly.

The miracle of life
nurtured by a woman
who gave us
love and sacrifice…
is MOTHER!

I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother || Abraham Lincoln

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness || Honore de Balzac

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts || Washington Irving

The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants, but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best || Hamilton Wright Mabie

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom || Henry Ward Beecher

A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive || Samuel Taylor Coleridge

For the hand that rocks the cradle,
Is the hand that rules the world.
|| William Ross Wallace

A mother understands what a child does not say.
|| Anonymous

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.
|| Ann Taylor

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.
|| Spanish Proverb

There's a lot more to being a woman than being a mother, but there's a hell a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect.
|| Roseanne Barr

Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
|| Anthony Brandt

A mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart a heart so large that everybody's grief and everybody's joy found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation
|| Mark Twain

Friday, 11 May 2012

75 INSPIRING MOTHER'S DAY QUOTES


 
Mother's Day is just a couple of days away. Here are 75 inspiring quotes that you'd like to share with friends and family members - especially that special person: Mother!

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary || Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever || Unknown

Men are what their mothers made them || Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness || Honore de Balzac

Making a decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body || Elizabeth Stone

A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie || Tenneva Jordan

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his || Oscar Wilde

All mothers are working mothers || Unknown

It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t || Barbara Kingsolver

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love || Mildred B. Vermont

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child || Sophia Loren

I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother || Abraham Lincoln

…the hand that rocks the cradle – Is the hand that rules the world || William Ross Wallace

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest || Spanish Proverb

A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after || Peter de Vries

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest ||  Irish Proverb

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not || James Joyce

To a child’s ear, ‘mother’ is magic in any language || Arlene Benedict

To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power || Maya Angelou

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement || Florida Scott-Maxwell

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly || Ambrose Bierce

A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done || Unknown

You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back || William D. Tammeus

Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too || Lionel Kauffman

It takes a woman twenty years to make a man of her son, and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him || Helen Rowland

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found || Calvin Trillin

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much || Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Never marry a man who hates his mother, because he'll end up hating you || Jill Bennett

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary || Dorothy Canfield Fisher

At work, you think of the children you have left at home.
At home, you think of the work you've left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent || Golda Meir

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever || Unknown

As is the mother, so is her daughter || Ezekiel 16:4

Men are what their mothers made them || Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers || Harriet Beecher Stowe

We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves || Henry Ward Beecher

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness ||  de Balzac, author

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom || Henry Ward Beecher, US Congressional clergyman

Who is getting more pleasure from this rocking, the baby or me? || Nancy Thayer, author

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class || Anne Morrow Lindbergh, author

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother || Lin Yutang, Chinese writer

Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground || Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist and writer

That best academy, a mother's knee || James Russell Lowell, poet, critic and diplomat

Making a decision to have a child--it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body || Elizabeth Stone

Anyone who doesn't miss the past never had a mother || Gregory Nunn

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie || Tenneva Jordan

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which brings worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother || W. Somerset Maugham

The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint || James Fenton

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement || Florida Scott-Maxwell

Biological possibility and desire are not the same as biological need. Women have childbearing equipment. For them to choose not to use the equipment is no more blocking what is instinctive than it is for a man who, muscles or no, chooses not to be a weightlifter || Betty Rollin

Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women's opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering || Elaine Heffner

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not || James Joyce

All that remains to the mother in modern consumer society is the role of scapegoat; psychoanalysis uses huge amounts of money and time to persuade analysis and to foist their problems on to the absent mother, who has no opportunity to utter a word in her own defense. Hostility to the mother in our societies is an index of mental health || Germaine Greer

Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother's Day, with its offensive implication that our love needs an annual nudging, like our enthusiasm for the battle of Bunker Hill || John Erskine

 All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his || Oscar Wilde

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother || Unknown

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after || Peter De Vries

All mothers are working mothers || Unknown

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms || Oliver Wendell Holmes

Motherhood is priced; Of God, at price no man may dare/To lessen or misunderstand || Helen Hunt Jackson

It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't || Barbara Kingsolver

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers || Jewish Proverb

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life || Abraham Lincoln

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love || Mildred B. Vermont

Nobody knows of the work it makes
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows-but Mother.
|| Anonymous

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam || Henry Bickersteth

Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries || T. DeWitt Talmage


There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it || Chinese Proverb

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child || Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life || Anonymous

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest ||  Spanish Proverb

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own || Aristotle
 
If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family || Lawrence Housman

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children || Sam Levenson

Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age || William Feather, The Business of Life, 1949

And remember that behind every successful woman......is a basket of dirty laundry || Unknown

Thursday, 10 May 2012

THE STORMS OF LIFE


A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that day was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lightning. 


The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child.


Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming sword, would cut through the sky. Full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child's school. As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile.  Another and another were to follow quickly and with each the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile.


When the mother's car drew up beside the child she lowered the window and called to her, "What are you doing? Why do you keep stopping?" The child answered," I am trying to look pretty. God keeps taking my picture."


May God bless you today as you face the storms that come your way.

THE UNRELENTING JUDGE

Many years ago I read an interesting story about the late D. L. Moody witnessing to a well known judge. At first Moody was reluctant to witness to the man, because the judge was highly educated while Moody was an
uneducated shoe clerk. But at the Judge's wife's insistence he finally relented and agrees to visit the judge in his private chamber.

Now the judge was an Unitarian and did not believe in the deity or the atonement of Christ. Mr. Moody entered the judge's inner office and the conversation was brief. Before he left he asked the judge to promise that if he were ever converted to tell him about it.

In less than a years time the judge was saved. Moody found out about it and went back to see the man reminding him of his promise. The judge said, "One night, when my wife was at a prayer meeting, I began to grow uneasy and miserable. I did not know what was the matter with me, but finally I retired before my wife came home. I could not sleep all that night. I got up early, told my wife that I would eat no breakfast and went down to the office. I told the clerks they could take a holiday and shut myself up in
the inner office.



I kept growing more and more miserable, and finally I got down and asked God to forgive me of my sins. But I would not say "for Jesus' sake," for I was an Unitarian and did not believe in the atonement.

I kept praying God forgive my sins, but no answer came. At last in desperation I cried, "O God, for Christ' sake forgive my sins, and I found peace at once."

THE EAGLE AND THE CHICKENS

There was an eagle that had been captured when it was quite young. The farmer who snared the bird put a restraint on it so it couldn't fly, and then he turned it loose to roam in the barnyard. It wasn't long till the eagle began to act like the chickens, scratching and pecking at the ground. This bird that once soared high in the heavens seemed satisfied to live the barnyard life of the lowly hen.

One day the farmer was visited by a shepherd who came down from the mountains where the eagles lived. Seeing the eagle, the shepherd said to the farmer, "What a shame to keep that bird hobbled here in your barnyard! Why don't you let it go?" The farmer agreed, so they cut off the restraint. 


But the eagle continued to wander around, scratching and pecking as before. The shepherd picked it up and set it on a high stone wall. For the first time in months, the eagle saw the grand expanse of blue sky and the glowing
sun. Then it spread its wings and with a leap soared off into a tremendous spiral flight, up and up and up. At last it was acting like an eagle again.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

1. Save the whales. Collect the whole set.

2. A day without sunshine is like . . . night.

3. On the other hand . . . you have different fingers.

4. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

5. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

6. Remember: half the people you know are below average.

7. He who laughs last thinks slowest.

8. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

9. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

10. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

11. I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.

12. I intend to live forever - so far so good.

13. Borrow money from a pessimist - they don't expect it back.

14. Quantum mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of.

15. Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.

MIDLIFE SECRETS

 -Midlife Secret #10
"Our friends keep us sane."

-Midlife Secret #9
"We spend time alone with God."

-Midlife Secret #8
"Our families are our top priority."

-Midlife Secret #7
"We have more wisdom."

-Midlife Secret #6
"We have more patience."

-Midlife Secret #5
"We treasure every moment more fully."

-Midlife Secret #4
"We know how to nurture ourselves."

-Midlife Secret #3
"We don't worry about aging."

-Midlife Secret #2
"We think young."

-Midlife Secret #1
"We acknowledge the hard parts, but don't dwell on them."

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

THE HEART OF A LESSON



His name was Bill. He had wild hair, wore a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He was kind of eccentric but very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus was a prosperous and very conservative church. They wanted to develop a ministry to the students, but were not sure how to go about it.

One day Bill decides to go to the church. He walks in with his wild hair, jeans, T-shirt, and bare feet.

The service has already started, so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is completely packed and he can’t find a seat. The well-dressed people look a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer to the pulpit, and when he realizes there are no seats, he just sits down right on the floor.

By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time, the minister realizes that from the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. The deacon is in his eighties, with silver hair and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified. Leaning on his cane, he walks down the aisle toward the boy.

The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane. All eyes are focused on him. The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do. Everyone expects the deacon is going to eject Bill from church — and who could blame him?

But now they see the elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty, he lowers himself to sit down next to Bill and worship with him so he won’t be alone.

Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister regains his control, he says, “What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget.”

Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.