Tuesday, May 6, 2014

.~ Mother's Day Give~A~Way ~.


No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star. 

~Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Traci Suzanne Marvel
8 x 10 Giclee' Print

Although my mom passed away a few years ago,
She remains my ultimate hero. 
I overheard my brother telling my mom
that when God made her,
he made the perfect person.
I believe that to be true.

In honor of my mom and your mom, I am hosting a Give~ A~ Way a 8 x 10 giclee' print.
It's called Venturer Highway and represents the
 strength, power and beauty
 of a mother's love.

To be eligible to win, simply answer the following questions by posting a comment on this thread.  I will put all names in a hat and draw a lucky winner on
 Sunday May 11th at 9:00 am MT

Here are the questions.  Answer as briefly or in detail as you would like.

Share a fond memory you have about your mom.
What is your mom's super power?

Looking forward to reading all your comments.
Cheers to Mother's Around the Globe!


Maureen said...

Tracy what a great post about moms! My mom lives in the duplex next to me. She is 88 and her super power is inner strength. She has over come so many odds in life as well as hard situations. She is very petit but has an inner strength of a giant. We call her the Ever Ready MOM!
BTW your photography is beautiful and it would be awesome to win a print:)

Sylvia said...

My mom taught me to sew before I could write my name. I have used my sewing skills my entire life and made a living using those skills. She never lost her patience teaching me sewing and baking even though she wasn't necessarily a patient person.
I think one of her many super powers was creativity.

TADVR said...

Love your posting, and the picture is awesome! I lost Mom 3 years ago this June, the sad thing is that I hear her voice coming out of my mouth... my kids just look at me funny, but they're in their early 20's so it's a normal thing. Mom could do it all, but didn't really want to, sewing/quilting was not her thing, lol crafting wasn't her thing. She'd support me at anything I wanted to try though. Miss her!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful photo Traci !!

I think one of my favorite memories, certainly one I will always cherish is the last visit to my mom at her home. She was especially happy that we visited that day and the love on her face as she waved goodbye was luminous.

Her super power was selfless-ness!

Kerri Shawn said...

My mom was filled with light. She knew how to survive and thrive even in the darkest hour! We would always play her game of "what is the worst thing that could happen?" Whenever life brought challenges in spades we would decipher the answer, take a breath, and move forward! "The sun will rise and set no matter what" she would say! She survived 25 years of an abusive marriage, 35 years of building and managing a business, 9 years of living with lung and eventually brain cancer! She never lost sight of what really mattered.... Loving her children, her family, her work, her life! She was amazing in all ways! She lived and died in a state of grace. I know she is at peace now. I know she watches over her loved ones, including me! I feel her with me every day! I know I am so deeply fortunate that God allowed my mom to be my mom! Happy Mother's Day mom! I believe you are rejoicing in heaven! I can feel your light still warming and supporting my earthly life in every way! I love you forever and a day.

Jim Franz said...

Tracy, you know I love all your photography! This one is really stunning, like the horse is running for freedom!

My Mom was the strongest person I know. She overcame so many obstacles in her life. Both her parents had died in Kansas before she reached her teens. She grew up with her Aunt in California. She married a sailor at a young age, who later was killed at Pearl Harbor. Her daughter by the same husband died at three months of age. She married my father and had three children of which I am the youngest. They were married for over 20 years and she suffered physical abuse at his hands for most of that time. She did that because she thought it was the only way to protect her children. Finally she got up the courage to divorce him. From that time on, she worked three jobs to support her kids because she got no help from my Dad. She never complained and she always made sure that we had what we needed.
She died at the young age of 54 from ovarian cancer. I was the only one with her when she passed. I was holding her hand at that moment and I will be eternally grateful to have had her as my mother. I believe some of her strength flowed into me at that moment.
It's been almost 40 years since she passed, but boys never forget their mothers and I will always cherish mine and her strength throughout her short life.

qwilltr said...

My mom passed away 12 years ago and never got to see our home in Virginia Beach. She was a very strong and wonderful person. She grew up dirt poor with a family that would never take a hand out. They picked crops as migrant workers during the dust bowl days and did what ever it took to get by but they always shared with people who had less than they had! Mom did lots of sewing and crafts. She taught me to do so many things. She and Grandma taught me to quilt and sew. Plus we did all kinds of other crafts together. More than that she taught me to have a great work ethic and to take care of myself!

lovetostitch said...

Tracy, you must have had a wonderful childhood, and I do enjoy seeing and reading your post on FB also. I didn't have the best childhood, though I do love my mother, she's the only one I have. I was very close to my grandmother. She taught me so much and she was an awesome artist. She could paint almost any medium from oils, to china, to watercolors. She had many talents, but probably the greatest was a listener, and the sweetest wife to my granddaddy. I miss her terribly.

Traci Marvel said...

Thank you to everyone who posted a comment. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts about your mom's. I mean after all they are the reason you are here:)

I picked the winning name of this print this morning at 9:00 am.
The winner is...drum roll...TADVR!
Congrats! I will contact you to get your address.

I will also contact everyone else who participated to get your address as well. I have a little something for you as a consolation gift:)

Thanks again for sharing your hearts and have a most beautiful day! ox

Gabrielle said...

Really inspiring and beautiful!
Have a nice day dear

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