Personal Reflections: mom

One of my earliest memories is

sitting on her lap with my head

resting on her Chanel No. 5 perfumed neck

as she chatted with a friend.

I was too young to understand

a word, yet the vibrations from her

vocal chords were for me the

sweetest sensation in all the world.

She has always had good hair

and was one of the coolest moms in town

in the 70’s with the grooviest shaggy

Mrs. Brady wigs and falls.

Yeah, baby yeah.

Also she was Go-go-licious in hot pants

and a successful career woman

for 43 years.

(Probably no relationship between short shorts and her profession.)

My mom continues to iron

(here she is while expecting me…that’s me in there!!!).

She continues to be an inspiring

encourager and rock in my life.

Earlier this year, she organized a sizeable

group of faithful people to pray for

me during a health crisis.

At the end of my battle, despite my weight

dropping to a frighteningly low 87 lbs.,

came this news:

Disease free. Healthy tissue. Healing.

Now it’s mom who needs our support.

With her ability to walk nearly gone,

she will have major spine surgery to

fuse, repair, and re-build her.

Soon she will become a bionic mom.

We’re scared sh*tless.

But we’re trusting.

We’re a little tired of human frailty.

But we’re accepting.

Because once again,

love keeps making everything


Happy Mother’s Day, friends.

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. May 12, 2012 / 2:27 am

    I'm balling. You have such a gift. Beautiful.

  2. May 12, 2012 / 3:18 am

    That was incredible Michele… I will send out prayers?/positive affirmations/whatever good healing energies that exist in the universe, for your mom, and of course always for you…


  3. May 12, 2012 / 4:16 am

    sending prayers and love your way for your beautiful mama!
    happy mother's day to you as well, my friend 🙂

  4. May 12, 2012 / 11:46 am

    What a beautiful post to your Mom Michele and I pray for the very best for you all. May you all have a very Happpy Mother's Day and I'll be thinking of you!


  5. May 12, 2012 / 12:14 pm

    Happy Mother's Day to you, Michele.
    Such a beautiful story, and I hope that your mother gets better soon.

  6. May 12, 2012 / 3:23 pm

    Cute photos of your mom. Thanks for stopping by… I am already a follower of yours! I love your blog…


  7. May 12, 2012 / 3:25 pm

    You have a wonderful mom! Good luck with her surgery. Last Sunday I was watching CBS This Morning and they had a doctor from Dallas on who has a new back procedure which replacing the invasive fusing surgery. It literally takes 15 minutes without being put under. You should go to the CBS This Morning website and check it out.

    Have a lovely Mother's Day

  8. May 12, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    Hi Michele,
    What a touching story, and I love the photos of your mom. That first pic with the blue eyes … just precious. Hope all goes well with your mom. It's not easy to watch them age. My own mother is battling Alzheimer's and we're in the process of finding new living quarters for she and my dad. Love your blog and I'm following you back!

  9. May 12, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    How lucky are we to have been blessed with a mother who taught us how to love without limits and how to be courageous! Because of her, we believe in the power of prayer and the healing it brings. We believe in miracles. And we can trust that God will enable her to "stand on the heights" soon, as she becomes our bionic Supermom. Psalm 18:32-34 NIV
    It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

  10. May 12, 2012 / 7:29 pm

    my sistas are in the house!

    i love that lisa. i am sure i have read that psalm but the imagery of the bow of bronze seems completely new. and it's so the opposite of cowering in a corner and saying somethin like 'it is what it is'.

    thanks for the prayers & positive energy, friends.

  11. May 12, 2012 / 8:20 pm

    Your post was very heart warming, thank you for sharing with us today.
    Happy Mothers Day to you and your mother.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your mother and for her surgery to have wonderful results.
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  12. May 12, 2012 / 8:52 pm

    Oh Michele.. this is so sweet and I will pray for a good outcome and a speedy recovery for your Mother. It's frightening to think of our parents becoming so fragile. I have just returned from visiting my Dad who is becoming the later stages of dementia. It's a difficult journey but one that has resulted in me re-thinking my priorities.

    On a happier note.. did your Mom watch Jacklalanne? 🙂


  13. May 12, 2012 / 9:05 pm

    Oh Michele – your post today touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. What a blessing you are to you sweet momma! She must be so very proud to have you as her daughter. I adored the picture of her pregnant with you. So sweet! Know that I will be keeping her in my prayers as she deals with her surgery. ♥

    Love and blessings ~ xoxo laurie

  14. May 13, 2012 / 1:05 am

    What a touching and beautiful post about your mom. Just to let you know, prayers and good wishes are being sent your way. HUGS…..

  15. May 13, 2012 / 12:08 pm

    She so reminded me of Debbie Reynolds in her younger photos. And she just looks so sweet. Prayers for her, you, the family, the surgeons and all the health care professionals taking care of her. She will do great. Thank you Michele for your visit. It was a treat. Happy Mom's Day….Lynn

  16. May 13, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    What a beautiful tribute…sending love and prayers…

  17. May 13, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    She sounds like a wonderful mom, dedicated to you, and now it is her turn to receive love, support and dedication. I am sending all good thoughts, hopes, wishes and prayers her way. Happy Mother's Day.

  18. May 13, 2012 / 7:03 pm

    Happy Mother's day beautiful Mama and friend.

    Wish you lived closer so I could take you out for long walks often. And just talk.

    Thinking of you today Michele. And your lovely Mom who raised one (no several!) amazing daughter.



    P.S Something extraordiary was found in my mailbox! Michele!!! Expect a call tomorrow!

  19. May 14, 2012 / 2:03 am

    Positive thoughts , she will be fine! She sounds like a strong remarkable woman!

  20. May 14, 2012 / 4:28 pm

    thanks so much for such lovely thoughts, friends.

    she is remarkable! she is.


  21. May 14, 2012 / 5:47 pm

    I love this Mom's day post Michele…the photos's of your Mom are wonderful! Good, sweet thoughts are with her…from many people she may not even know…thanks you for introducing her to us.

  22. May 15, 2012 / 6:08 pm

    What a beautiful post, Michele! Brought tears to my eyes…

    Your mum is obviously a gorgeous person inside and out (not unlike her amazing daughter) and sending all the positive vibes I possibly can across the miles for her xxx

  23. May 15, 2012 / 11:11 pm

    I can see where
    you get your brains,
    beauty, class and
    kind heart!! Love
    these pictures as
    they remind me of
    my own mama in
    her younger days.
    Like yours, mine
    is also my rock.

    Praying hard that
    she will zoom through
    the days ahead with
    little pain and A LOT
    of good humor, as
    that is what it will take.
    And grit.
    I'm sure she has that : )

    Hope your own Mom's
    Day was fab, my friend!

    xo Suzanne

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