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15 January 2009

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Today is my mom Isabel's (and her twin sister Clara's) birthday!!!! Parabens, mae!!! My mom is truly the person I admire the most, she is a strong, smart, caring woman, and I miss her tremendously!! She has spent her entire life dedicated to her children (and her grandchildren), and would absolutely do anything for us!! She is my inspiration...


She studied to be a Kindergarden teacher, but gave up her career to become a mom of six. She always encouraged us to become strong, independent people, all the while instilling on us values of kindness, respect and integrity. My love for cooking comes from spending endless days helping my mom in the kitchen... I still remember with tenderness how she would lay in bed with me when I couldn't go to sleep because of "bad thoughts", and tell me to think of good things like going to the movies or playing in the park... She would always leave the light on in the hallway because she knew I was afraid of the dark, and she was always our best ally as we got older and started pestering my dad for money...!!


When I got married and moved away across the ocean, the hardest thing for me was to leave my mom! I may not have inherited my mom's organizational skills and cleanliness (you've seen her linen closet...!!), but I truly hope I have made my mom proud!! I love you, mae!!!


24 comments:

  1. That is the prettiest wedding picture I have ever seen!! Happy Birthday to your mother and her sister. How wonderful you have such sweet memories. Sally

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  2. What a beautiful bride your mom was...that dress is just stunning!!! Your love and admiration for her is such a wonderful tribute....I'm certain she must be very proud! As a mom, there is no better gift than your children's love.
    Hugs,
    Sandra

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  3. What a lovely birthday "card" to your mom and aunt. She is gorgeous! I love the word "shero". May have to steal, I mean, borrow that one some time in the future. Debbie

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  4. What a wonderful birthday wish for your Mom! This is great! ~Mindy

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  5. what a beautiful post...your mother is a gorgeous lady and she sounds like a wonderful example for her children and grandchildren!

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  6. What a beautiful wedding photo and a lovely tribute to your mom.

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  7. What a wonderful tribute to your mother, Isabel. So full of love!
    I know EXACTLY how you felt and missed your mom when you moved here, because I felt and still feel the same way about my own mom. And the years go by, you get more used to the idea, and yet we still miss them the same way and feel even more love for them. Isn't that right? :)

    Parabéns à tua LINDA mãe!

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  8. Happy Birthday to your mom! What a great post and such a beautiful wedding picture. You're so blessed to have such a wonderful mom.
    Patricia :o)

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  9. Happy Birthdau to your darling mother! What a sweet bride she made! Have a lovely weekend!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  10. Ps: Can you send me a link to your mother's linen closet? I tried looking for it but didn't find it and I'd LOVE to see it.
    Patricia :o)

    pps:
    I have a closet devoted to pretty linens and things. You can see it at by blog. http://vintagelinentreasures.blogspot.com/2008/03/chic-shabby-closet.html

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  11. What a beautiful bride.....and a mother of six. I'm amazed at the women of the past who raised large families, especially by today's standards. How did they find time to have a strong relationship with each child? She is to be admired, as it is obvious by your memories, that she was great mom. I'm sure she is proud.

    Blessings-

    Christa

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  12. I can only imagine! She was a beautiful bride to say the least. My mother's name is Isobelle :) she is 30 minutes down the road.

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  13. Isabel, how sweet is that..a lovely picture of your mom - a beautiful bride! I'm sure she is very proud to have a daughter as thoughtful as you.
    God Bless,
    Lisa

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  14. Hi Isabel,
    I was just in your mom's closet!
    Wow!.........(this is me with my mouth hanging open).......! Talk about beautiful AND organized. Very nice.
    Patricia :o)

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  15. Nothing like having a beautiful relationship with your mother. My mom passed away some years ago and I miss her deeply. I'm wishing your mom and her sister the best birthday ever..

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  16. This is the sweetest blog post.She must be quite a woman! and you are the sweetest daughter,she must be so proud of you. Love kathy

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  17. She is beautiful,I love the dress.It is true the most lovely bouquet is our parents,family and friends.Here is to bigger bouquets everyday and Happy Birthday to her.

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  18. What a gorgeous photo of your Mom! What a lovely post... xoxo Heather

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  19. aaaaaaaaaaahhhh That's so nice.
    Happy Birthday Isabel's mom!
    Love the wedding picture.
    I tried to leave far way from home once, it lasted only 10 months. Guess my umbilical cord didn't stretch as far as I thought it would.

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  20. Oh Isabel, you are such a dear to give your mother this nice tribute.

    Also, I enjoyed seeing your picture in a previous post of our beautiful friends, Joy, Diane and Martha. Your life is so fulfilled, and all because your dear mother made an indelible impression! Kudos to her and to you!

    XO,

    Zwee!!!!!!!!

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  21. Isabel, Happy Birthday to your Mom! I missed this post and just wanted to say how wonderful to have such a good and loving mother and so beautiful! I was on of 6 also, and our mom was alot like yours. She is gone now and greatly missed, but the memories go on and on and on...

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  22. Do you think your Mom could come and organize my linen closet? Then I would just sit and look at it and be charmed.

    Anita

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