Saturday, October 16, 2010

Whose "mama" am I? & an Alex update

Farmboy

I am NOT his mama, tho I sometimes act as if I am.
Shame on me.


I have been thinkin' about whose mama I am for quite some time now.
Most assuredly, I have 5 children, and 3 grandchildren.
Of this I know.

However...Many times I am either called upon to take on the "mama" role, or I just appoint myself "mama" for the moment.

For example....at the grocers, I am always on the lookout for children trying to stand up in the cart while their own mama is busy picking out produce.
Or..
When at a graduation party this fall I am watching out for other mama's kids....
"Watch your little one...they're headed for the open gate..."
or
"Did you see your toddler headed toward the pond?"
Can't help myself.
Instinct takes over and I am "mama" to all little ones!


Elena and Cindy

When my younger sister was sick years ago, I took on the mama role.
(Our own mama had gone on to be with the Lord)
Giving advice, taking her to the Dr., helping her with some serious problems.
Like any good mama would...

My parents and me

And when my mom had a stroke way back when, I eagerly took on the role of mama.
Taking care of her physical needs.
Cleaning her house.
Making her meals.
Doling out her meds.
And I was happy to do it.

And years later, as my dad was dying of cancer down in Florida, I left my family here in Michigan and flew down to be with him....
Also cleaning, cooking, doling out meds...
until he passed away a few weeks later.
And I was happy to do it.

Sophia

I am most certainly this cat's mama!

And our doofus Golden, Beau's mama....

And Ollie by Golly and Fuzzy's mama


And the chickens mama....

Ha! They see me and come a runnin'!


Cyn and Homemaker Ang

And I sometimes ACT like her mama!
Tho I consider Ang to be one of my best friends ever, sometimes I slip into "mama" mode.
And she has an incredible, real-life mama!

Sam,Krystal, Gina, Avery, and Giselle

I AM their mama!

My dear friend, Jen

I'm old enough to BE her mama, and many times I act like she's my daughter!
No complains thus far, but I could be pushing it!
Tho I am more than 20 years older than Jen, I count her as one of my best friends and I know she would be MY "mama" if I needed it!

My friend Anna and me

Anna has been LIKE a daughter to me, and, in fact, lived with us for a few months, many years ago.
I still sign my letters...Cindy mom


I think we take on many roles as we go thru this life....

I have been a daughter, sister, wife, in-law, out-law, friend, confidant, mama, memere...

Mama is just what I am called on to be most often.

I hope someday, when the roles need to be reversed, someone will be my mama.

xoxo,
Cindy

PS.....
Alex is home now, with hospice coming in tomorrow. He is doing as well as can be expected and was smiling at his memere this morning! I love that little peanut! They are taking it one day at a time, knowing that he doesn't have long. Could be a couple weeks, or a couple months. I am grateful they only live a short distance, and we could be there in less than 5 min. if necessary.

Again, thank you, all of you, for the many prayers in our behalf. Where would we be without the body of Christ?



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27 comments:

Camille said...

Oh Cindy...what a precious, precious post!! What gorgeous vintage photos of you with your sister and you with your parents. The way you write it all out is so beautiful! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here today. So lovingly told...it warmed my heart and nearly made me teary. :)

Your precious Alex is in our prayers as are all of you!!

Blessings to you my friend!
Camille

Dog Trot Farm said...

Sweet Alex, I shall keep him and his dear family in my prayers. Such a heartfelt post,one that this "mama" can relate to. Sending blessings your way.

Valerie said...

I am often the "mama" in the group too. :) Not always a bad thing. :) Praying for your little Alex, I was hoping to find an update this weekend. So glad you can be so close to enjoy making the memories with him and his sweet smiles while you are blessed to have him with you! Praying still for a miracle for your family, but also praying that the Lord would just BLESS you beyond measure with an overwhelming peace. Peace in knowing that even though it doesn't make sense to our human hearts and minds, God DOES know what He's doing and He has chosen to BLESS your family with such a sweet little one! {{{HUGS}}}

Sonja said...

I think being a "mama" is a natural outpouring of how God created us. :) I love it when my teens "slip" and call me Mama like they did when they were wee ones.
Thank you for the update on Alex. I echo the prayers and blessings of those above.

Dawn said...

You are blessed, Cindy.
Love that photo of your mom and dad.
I have one similar.

My heart is with you during this time with your peanut, Alex.
Give him an extra kiss from this old mimi.
xo

Lady Farmer said...

It is such a privilage to be called mama not only by family but friends as well (no matter what the age!). And even to be thought of by our fur babies as mama is so dear also!
So glad little Alex is home and close enough for you to visit often! What a gift that little smile must have been for you! I am praying you have many more of those to cherish!
Blessings!

Prairiemaid said...

Continuing to pray for Alex. I am glad to know you can be there within minutes. Such a blessing!

You have a beautiful family, both two legged and four legged! All are lovely....and I loved the picture of your blond hair!

May your Sunday be blessed!

goatldi said...

What strength has love? More has been done for less. Mothers move mountains with love.

Linda Stubbs said...

Precious post..........Momma's are sooooooo needed! So thankful that Alex is still with........praying.......asking that the Lord holds you all so close ti Himself!

Hugs, Linda

Maria said...

Hi Cindy!
Your post this morning is making me smile.
My sister and I are always telling each other how we are sisters and best friends.
We miss our mama {it's been 32 yrs since she died}... so we make sure we're mama for each other too!

Keeping Alex in heart and prayer each day ♥
love,
Maria

Jane said...

You obviously have a loving, nurturing heart to be mama to so many! I will continue to pray for Alex.
Jane

Moragn said...

This is a beautiful post. I'm a new mama and I look forward to many many years of mothering. You're blessed to have so many "babes".

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Oh, what a lovely post ;) :) :) It was really nice to see the photos of all your family past and present...those related to you by blood and the ones who are born in your heart :) :) :) Thank you for the update on Baby Alex...He sounds like such a precious little one...and to read about him smili ng at his memere ;) :) Have a lovely week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Sue said...

Cyn, You have touched my heart today by this beautiful post. You truly are a wonderful mother.
Thank you for the update on Alex, I think of him and his family so often during the day, and will continue to pray.
Hugs,
Sue

KathyB. said...

Will you be my Mom? O.K.,not practical at all- we live too far apart. Lovely post. I am thankful for the updates on precious Alex and prayers for him and his family.

Barbara said...

Lots of hugs my sweet friend, yes we do assume the roll of Mama to many, I have a ladies message board and I am Mama Hen to them all, most are younger some my own age, but after having 5 children of my own, it just seems natural to mother every one, heehee, I am with you sweetie, mom to chickens and dogs, lol Hugs my dear friend.

Homemaker Ang said...

and... you know my sentiments are the same about you! You have always been there for me...
xoxox
Homemakerang

Rebekah said...

You are a wonderful mother to many. They are sure lucky! Your young-uns are beautiful. Prayers for you, your family, and especially Alex...

Anna said...

Proud to be adopted by my CindyMom and often "God Mom." Love you and miss you. Anna

Deborah said...

Hi, Nice to meet you! You have a nice blog. I'll be praying for your grandson. I just had a granddaughter too. I couldn't imagine the pain your family must be going thru.
Blessings,
Deborah

Amy said...

I love that about you:) you have always been there for me with a good word and prayer. I appreciate that! just popping in to check in on you. know that I'm keeping you close in prayer. xo

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Bless you, Cyn. You are the best!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

On of my best friends is 63 years old! I just love her and view her as my mentor, friend and another mama.

Also, I'm praying for you. This must be so difficult. I can see why you liked the C.S. quote so much. How perfect for your situation. Praying for enough grace for today.

Now I'm choked up. I love you! Hang on to Jesus, Friend!

Stone Cottage Mama said...

I love this post! And don't forget me! You're my mama/friend too. I love that you are one of the only people that reads my post, like a faithful mama checking on a young one.

You're a beautiful soul.

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