Stories From my Childhood
The Farmer's Place
Return to Mandy and Michele
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Portrait of my Mother
an adaptation of the Proverbs 31 Woman (The Voice)
Who can find a
One who is superior in all that she is and all that she does?
Her worth far exceeds that of rubies
and expensive jewelry
She inspires trust, and
her husband’s heart is safe with her,
because of her,
he has every good thing.
Every day of her life she does what is best for him,
never anything harmful or hurtful.
Delight attends her work and guides her fingers
as she selects
fabrics and patterns for sewing
the mall and discount stores
like a butterfly flitting from flower to flower,
arriving home with
and fine treasures for her family.
from bed early,
while we milk the cows
preparing a delicious breakfast for us.
She has a plan.
She computes the farm finances.
She plants a garden or two.
She wraps herself in
carries herself with confidence,
and works hard,
strengthening her arms
for the task at hand.
sells books in town during the day
and teaches piano in the evenings.
Mom, Dad, & grandchild, Carson
sew a dress with one while holding a baby in the other
Mom and Aunt Ruby
She reaches out to foster children
and takes dinner to a grieving or hurting neighbor.
She is not worried about the
snow for her family,
for she has bundled them up in hats and scarfs
and covered them with prayer.
Mom on the cruise 2016
for her grandchildren
and is always clothed
in bright pink or red.
Everyone recognizes her husband
in the public square,
and no one fails to respect him
as he takes his place
on the school board
and the Gideons.
Mom and I.
I'm wearing the dress she made
for her wedding.
for brides & their maids
to people everywhere online.
Clothed in strength and dignity,
with nothing to fear,
when she thinks
about the future.
Mom & I 1965
She sings with the ladies at church,
and teaches Sunday School
She directs the Vacation Bible School
takes a moment for herself.
Her Children rise up and call her blessed
Family at 60th Anniversary Cruise 2016
Her husband, too, joins in the praise, saying:
who do well
in every way,
but of all of them only you are truly excellent.”
be deceptive and
beauty will not last,
but a mother who reveres the Eternal should
above all others
Celebrate all she has achieved.
Let all her accomplishments publicly praise her.
Just a few of the things I could say about my mother;
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