May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day! Prize Winners!

I'm a bit of a non-conformist for some holidays, this one included - don't really get all mushy about Mother's Day as every day is Mother's Day in my mind. But, I did really appreciate and cherish the comments visitors left about their mom's for the post below. I wish more people would celebrate their mom's in that way today - tell the world about them. And . . .

Happy Mother's Day to all of you!

So I numbered the 10 comments in order of how they appeared and used the Random Number Generator to draw our lucky winners.

The winners of the three $5 coupons for Tumble Fish Studio kits at are:, LouAnn, and Scrappin Gramma!

The winner of my next new kit free is: Sharon!

I will contact all of you with your prize information tonight.

Below is a picture of my mom, Wanda. She left this world in 1996 when she was just 66 I was just 30 and had two very young children. It was sudden and it devastated me. But, in some ways I think that was part of some plan she had with God because in that dark cloud was a silver lining and one of the most precious gifts of my life. I discovered and enjoyed a very close relationship with my dad over the next 15 years I would not have had otherwise. I was much closer to my mom all of my life and had missed out on a close relationship with my dad. I am so thankful that she left that for me to experience. She was a teacher most of her working life but she lovingly supported and followed my dad's career all over the country their 46 years of marriage. She was a wonderful cook and immaculate house keeper. She loved to fish and be out in nature with my dad. She blushed when she laughed and she was rather shy and soft spoken. She taught me some of the most important things I've learned in life and use on a daily basis. One of those things is to always remember to be thankful for what you have - there's no time to feel sorry for yourself and if you look at all of the things you have to be happy about, you'll realize that's true. She would marvel at the beauty in nature down to the tiniest of details - to take a walk with her after dinner would surely provide you with appreciation of things you would normally walk by without noticing. I could write a few blog pages full of things about her, but I will leave it that for now.


bockel24 said...

Beautiful photos and a lovely story, Marsha! My parents have also been married for 46 years when my father died in 1985, but I´m happy to have a mother whom I could call on the phone today ... Hope you´ve had a great mother´s day yourself!

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Thank you for the beautiful pictures of your Mom today! She looks so sweet!! I am sure she is around you always the way mine is for me.

Wishing you a Happy Mothers Day,


Painting Queen said...

Such a lovely mom. Sounds like a treasure!

Lou Ann said...

Wow Marsha, what a lovely tribute to your Mom! I guess when we are right in the middle of being Moms we never realize what an impact we have on our children and how much OUR Moms have contributed to our lives. Thanks for sharing this with us!

And thanks for the coupon - can't wait to go shopping!
Lou Ann

Sharon said...

Thanks Marsha, for sharing some memories of your Mom as well as some pictures. You have inspired me to gather up some of my mothers pictures to create a collage tribute that I will share with my siblings.
Of course I am always looking forward to your new kits so I am THRILLED to be one of your winners!

A Magical Whimsy said...

Your mother was beautiful! I lost my dad in 1997, from cancer, when he was 68. My mother is now 83. My dad was my muse for crafts as he was always finding the latest trend in craft making. He even bought me my own Dremel Tool, which when I got married my husband latched on to it.
It is so very precious you were able to find the silver lining in the loss of your mother and saw the dearness of your father. Very beautiful post about both of them. I'm going to have to come to your blog more often. You have a lot of inspiring information.
Teresa in California