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May 06, 2014


Oh Margene - what a great list! She taught you well, and for sure, she lives on in you and your heart. My mom taught me I could do anything I wanted...she definitely believed "Behind Every Great Woman is Herself"!

My mom was never afraid to tackle anything, stain glass, jewelry making, refinishing wood, caning chairs, laying a ceramic floor, putting up wallpaper, taking down 7 layers of wallpaper first, sewing clothes, upholstering furniture, painting pictures, needle crafts (knitting, crochet, needlepoint, quilting etc), writing and publishing a history of the township she grew up in, tackling technology with computers, emails back in the dial up modem and aol days, printers etc, and gardening and cooking meals at the drop of a hat...tires me to think of all the things she accomplished and I probably could think of more. I miss talking with her the most.

What a lovely tribute to your mother! She sounds like a wonderful person and I love that you say hello to her often. I also love her dresses - the "DNA" one at 16, the wonderful engagement day dress, and the wedding shower one is an amazing creation!

My mom taught me to be me, something I didn't appreciate until I was older. She raised gear children to love and to know how to be loved. I treasure all the time I can spend with her, and her unending desire/demand for anything hand knit....

There's a lot of your mom in YOU. She was a great lady and 59 is much too young. My mom was only 66 when she died and that is also way too young. I miss her but the memories are good and the lessons she taught me have stayed with me and I'm grateful for that.

Margene, it is so clear that your Mom did her job very well -- in raising a strong, independent, creative, beautiful daughter . . . YOU! What a lovely tribute to your beautiful Mom. (And that napkin dress! WOW!) I am so fortunate to still have my own Mom in my life. Probably the most important thing she ever taught me was how to LOVE . . . without smothering or interfering.

Awww. :)

I love the paper napkin dress! :D

my mom died at 58 yo....we have something in common. My mother was wonderful and she showed me how crafting and knitting were ways to deal with stress. Loved seeing your mom's photo and she sounds like a wonderful lady :)

I just love #5. And I'm so lucky to have had my Mom until I was 50 - she died at 81. What a beautiful tribute to your Mom!

Lovely memories.

My mother has been dead for 38 years, but I still think about her every week. You already know that we share #5. My mother said if you were bored, it was because you were boring. That took the wind of out my sails when whining about having nothing to do! One of the most important things she taught me was to love books and reading. It has served me well my entire life. Great post!

We all need the t-shirt!

She certainly taught you some important things, especially to be independent and be the woman behind your own greatness.

Margene, what a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.

The beauty of the lessons learned from your Mom match the beauty of the fabulous pictures you shared! What a great tribute.

What a wonderful post and tribute to your beautiful mother!

What a wonderful post and beautiful photos of your Mom! The paper napkin dress is really cool!

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