Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Woman of Faith. . .

I write this post this evening in praise of my mother, Ressie Roween (Russell) Smith. She has been my guiding light and the one I look to pattern my life after. She had a strong and deep abiding faith in God and was one of the strongest persons I have ever known. Hers was a quiet strength. She never drew attention to herself but rather always looked to see how she could help someone else. My mother, my sister, my grandmothers, my aunts, and the sweet women in the church where I grew up. . . all of these ladies have helped to form and shape me into the person I am today. I thank them for this. Many of these ladies, like my mother, have gone on to heaven. However, I feel their presence daily and remember the life lessons they have taught me
so well. I have always said if I could just be half the mother my mother was to me, I would be a tremendous success. I love you, momma!

Thank you, sweet friends, for dropping by. And for all mothers everywhere, thank you, dear ones. Sending much love to each and every one of you.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Vicki, this is such a lovely tribute to a lovely woman. You did your mother proud with this!


Sheila :-)

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

That is really beautiful. Just think of the teaparty you will have in heaven! At church last night our pastor talked about the prophetess Diana and how God uses women in different ways.We must never forget how important we are to our families as we are washing, ironing, cooking and wiping little faces for we do shape lives around us!

Pom Pom said...

What a sweet tribute to your mama. She sounds so kind. I love that. Happy Mother's Day to YOU, Vicki!

Marilyn said...

A Beautiful Tribute to your Lovely Mother!!
Happy Mother's Day!

Lori said...

Vicki, you are lucky to have had such a wonderful mother...Happy Mothers Day...and have a beautiful weekend!!!

Rosewood Cottage said...

what a beautiful post and tribute to your Mama! She is beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day! :)

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki... what a beautiful mama you have... and I know just how you feel about all of the ladies in your life, I feel the very same way about mine... I know your mama is so very proud of you and how your life reflects all of the good things she taught you about life... You and I have so many things in common, I am sure our mamas do too, and are best of friends... Happy Mothers Day to you my friend... xoxo Julie Marie

Julie Harward said...

This is so sweet..thank God for wonderful mothers! Your Mom sounds like the best of Mom's! My Mom has passed on to and I miss her so much! Once in a while, I feel like i can feel her around me and I know I can..she's still there watching after me. I cannot wait to be with her again someday! Come say hi :D

Paula said...

Dear sweet Vicki,

I enjoyed your beautiful post so much! A very loving tribute to your dear momma and the other sweet ladies! What a blessing it is that you had such a godly and loving momma!!! She is beautiful! I know they are all so very proud of you! You are so kind, loving, and sweet… just like your momma!!! Have a blessed weekend and wonderful Mother's Day! Love you sweet friend, Paula

Debby said...

Hi Vicki,
What a beautiful post and tribute to your Mother. Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful post! Happy Mother's Day!


Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi dear Vicki! What a beautiful tribute to your lovely momma. She is smiling down on you!
I miss my momma too! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Bunny hugs,

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a wonderful Mom tribute....and what a great Mom too.

Warm blessings,

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Vicki,
So sweet, what a wonderful example. She looks so very young in this picture. Beautiful post!

fannipauline said...

What a very beautiful and heart-touching post. I was raised by my grandmother and what a blessing that was. She and my grandfather were so very wise and I think of them many, many times a day. I also was fortunate enough to be raised in Church and had many dear ladies that helped me become the person I am today.I catch myself always repeating things they told me, first to my own children - then grand children and hopefully to my great grand children when they are a little older.....Pauline

June said...

Vicki dear, such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. You were blessed to have her in your life.
I do hope that your Mother's Day is a sweet one, and that your family all remembers how lucky they are to have you!


Such a beautiful post. Happy Mother's day.

Couture de Papier said...

Beautiful post..
Happy Pink Saturday and Mother's Day..Pamper yourself with Pink!

craftymarta said...

Ms Vicky, it has been a long time but I wanted to stop by and send you a Happy Mother's Day blessing. I hope you get to spend it with your kids and grandchildren. Blessings, Marta.

shirley said...

What a beautiful lady. Truly lovely. Happy Mothers Day. I'm sure she is looking down and smiling at her lovely daughter. Mom's are like that!

Mari said...


Marydon Ford said...

I love your picture of Mother & what a heart rendering tribute for her.

Happy Mother's Day.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Carol Mae said...

I'm a new follower, love your blog, such sweet posts you have. Have a wonderful Mother's Day. Smiles, Carol Mae

maría cecilia said...

Sweet Vicki, heartfelt tribute to all the mother women in your life... wishing you a very happy and blessed mother´s day!!!
Maria Cecilia

Ana said...

Absolutely beautiful sentiment my dear friend. Wishing you a wonderfully blessed Mother's Day.

Tons of love,

peppermint said...

Vicki, this is a precious post about your Mother and ladies in your church. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

Live Creatively!

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comments.

Tanza said...

Hi Vicki,
What beautiful words written, for a beautiful, loving Mother .. she had her priorities set right !! And, to pass her loving legacy on to you .. AWESOME !! You are a wonderful, dear woman, and I so enjoy visiting your pretty place .. Have a happy week sweet one ~
hugs ~tea~ xo

Maria said...

Happy Mother's Day dear Vicki!
Thank you for dropping by tonight with such sweet wedding shower wishes ~
Your post about your mother is beautiful, Vicki ~ I miss my mother dearly... I know that since they are all with God, and God is with us ~ they must be close at hand.

Blessings to a very dear ♥

Maria said...

ps. Your sidebar quotes and photos are so wonderful!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a sweet tribute to your precious MOM! Love you and hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, too!

Angelic Accents

Carol Mae said...

Thanks for following also, hope your Mother's Day was wonderful. Blessings to you and your family, Carol Mae

Dianne said...

A lovely tribute to a great mother--thank you for blessing us with this post. I, too, would love to be this kind of biblical woman.

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

YOu are blessed to have her as your Mom and to have all these wonderful women surrounding you. You have been influenced and molded as you are and thank God for Moms :-)


Dianne said...

Hey Vicki,
Don't know if you watch Dancing With the Stars or not but there is a professional dancer on there named Cheryl--I forgot her last name--she is dancing with a football player named Chad this season--she has always been my favorite and is so pretty. The picture of your mom above looks just like Cheryl in the face. You might want to check her out.

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Hi Vicki, Such a lovely and heartfelt tribute to your dear Mom...she is so beautiful! Hope your Mother's Day was filled with much laughter and many happy & memorable moments!
Hugs & Love, Carol Anne