Mother’s Day Weekend Open Thread


It’s that time of year again when we show appreciation to the women who gave us birth, or who gave birth to family or chosen family, or who are like mothers to us. That there is only one day set aside to show appreciation to our mothers or the mothers of people important to us seems to be short shrift in my book. Maybe it should serve as a reminder  to us to be appreciative of our mothers, or the mothers in our lives who matter to us, more often.

Mom On Wedding DayFor those of us who have lost our mothers already, some far too early, I hope this Sunday is a day in which we can remember fond times, or important events, while we had them. Perhaps to remember their laughs, their lives, their hopes and dreams, the quiet times spent alone with them (I came from a family of five kids – that was harder to do than one might think),  the important instruction they may have given us for daily living, their faith, and what they meant to us. What they mean to us still. I know many of us who have already lost our mothers think of them daily, no special day required, but it is a good reminder to actively reflect on them, on their lives, and to be thankful for the gifts they bestowed upon us.

As I noted above, I came from a family of five children, and I am the fourth. The following photograph is from my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary about fifteen years ago. Much has changed with nieces and  nephews growing up and having children of their own. So much of who we are we owe to my mom:

50th Wedding Anniversary

And speaking of owing a lot to Mom, I also owe a lot to my grandmother, Mom’s mom. She was a nurse by vocation, it was in her bones, and she was a firecracker, a very strong, determined woman. She’s been gone over twenty years now, but I think of her often. Okay, I  think of her, and Mom, every time I look int the mirror. That is me on the left ( I was ina college production of “Brigadoon,” hence the look), and a portrait of my grandmother from a photo taken when she was around the same age (19):

Amy & Malta003


Yeah – we look a lot alike. And I am thankful for that. It is a constant reminder of two women who helped shape me in a number of ways and for whom I am eternally grateful.

But enough about me. I am not a mother, at least not to a human child (!), though there are many mothers in my life whom I love, respect, and admire. I would love to hear from those of you who ARE mothers, what that has meant to you, maybe a bit about your children, whatever you are moved to say.

And of course, I would love to hear about your mothers (or grandmothers), or the women who were/are like mothers to you. Let’s hear about them!

Before I go, I want to share one story of motherhood. In this case – and I am sure this will shock you – it is about a horse. And not just any horse. This horse, now named Hope, was bound to the Slaughter House when the truck taking her to her end wrecked. Nine horses died in that terrible crash, while twenty-one of them survived, and were rescued from death’s door. This is Hope’s story (h/t I Heart Horses) from the Horse Channel:

Six months after an accident on Interstate 40 in Knoxville, Tennessee, some unexpected joy has emerged. The accident involved a trailer carrying 30 slaughter-bound horses. Nine of the horses died as a result of the crash, but several of the survivors got a second chance at life when they were taken in by Omega Horse Rescue in Pennsylvania.

One of the horses was adopted by Amy Neary, a Tennessee resident who helped with the surviving equines on the night of that tragic accident as part of her role as an emergency hauler for the University of Tennesse’s veterinary school. Neary named the black-and-white pinto mare Hope.


On April 12, Hope gave birth to a colt. Because Hope’s background was mostly unknown prior to her rescue, Neary and the staff at Omega hadn’t known that Hope was pregant, and the colt was a surprise. The foal, a medicine hat with a blue eye, is healthy, as is his mom. Neary has named him Freedom and calls him Freddy for short,according to a story from (Click here to read more).

 There is a great video about Hope, Freedom, and Neary, that you can see here. But isn’t it amazing that a crash on the way to slaughter ended up saving the lives of 21 – make that 22 – horses? What a blessing indeed.

To all of you mothers out there, I wish you a very Happy , ad blessed, Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day

This is the Weekend Open Thread.



38 Responses to “Mother’s Day Weekend Open Thread”

  1. adventures Says:

    Such a nice story about Hope. It sounds as though she was Fatefully named and Gracefully saved 😊

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Welcome, and so glad you enjoyed it! i couldn’t have said it better myself! 🙂

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    The kind of love given by a Mother doesn’t need to come from having given birth. That special kind of love is often given by women who have never had a child but none-the-less give mother love.

    I did give birth – 2 boys and a daughter that I lost many years ago. I often think about the kind of a mother she would have been since she was so filled with love it shone from her as if she was lit from within. I miss her still.

    My own mother died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage when she was just 45 years old. I was 25, with 3 small children and I was devastated. I miss her wit and wisdom and love still.

    Thanks for reminding us of that this special day means more than cards and flowers. It means thanking the special women in the world that devote themselves to the next generation. Where would the world be without them.

    And while I had 3 human children I have had many, many four footed and feathered “children” over the years as you have. Our hearts are big enough, if we have a mother’s heart, to include these wonderful creatures that God has given us.

    Another example of why I love your week end posts Amy. You never fail us.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What an absolutely beautiful, kind thing to say, Marge – I am truly touched!

      And that is absolutely true – I think of those women who adopt, loving those children as if they birthed them themselves. And then there are those “second” mothers many have been fortunate to have, women who treat us as if we are their own.

      My mom treated many others as if they were her own children. There was always a place at our table for any wayward friends we brought home. One became my sister-in-law and oldest friend. My mom’s kindness and generosity of spirit toward her and others was a gift my mom gave so well.

      And you are right abt our four-footed “babies.” I have a cat, Punkin’, the one who has cancer, abt whom I have always said I couldn’t love her more if I had birthed her myself. 🙂

      Marge, I cannot even begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. And I am sure you wonder abt how she would have turned out, abt her as a mother. How heartbreaking…

      And your mother – clearly taken from you far too young. Of course you were devastated by her loss. She must have been a great woman, as I am sure she is reflected in you. I bet your great wit has its origins in her wit!

      Wonderful comment…

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    The bond between an orangutan mother and her young is one of the strongest in nature. During the first two years of life, the young rely entirely on their mothers for both food and transportation. The moms stay with their young for six to seven years, teaching them where to find food, what and how to eat and the technique for building a sleeping nest. Female orangutans are known to “visit” their mothers until they reach the age of 15 or 16.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is amazing, Marge! Thank you for sharing this. I knew they were close, but I didn’t know the extent of it. That is so cool that the females come back to visit their moms. WOW!!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Your post inspired me to go looking for “mother love” in the animal kingdom and I found this.

        If you’ve ever seen a mother and father sparrow fight off grackles that are four times their size to protect their nest you see the “love” of animal parents.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I haven’t seen that with the sparrows, but we have watched the crows dive-bomb the hawk. The hawk just looks at them like, “what – I’m just sitting here.” 🙂

          And glad you were inspired!

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    Yikes: Deranged Woman Tries to Run GOP Congressman Off the Road Over Healthcare Vote

    By Guy Benson

    Politicians facing irate constituents — even if they’re deeply misinformed or organized activists — are not victims. Part of the job is fielding questions and feeling heat. But aggressively putting hands on a member of Congress is not okay, nor is planting vulgar signs in the yards of their personal homes. And then there are more serious crimes, like this frightening scene out of Tennessee:

    A Tennessee woman was charged with felony reckless endangerment after allegedly chasing Congressman David Kustoff, who voted in favor of the American Health Care Act, down a highway and placing him “in fear of being run off” the road. Kustoff attended a meeting at the University of Tennessee unrelated to the AHCA where Wendi Wright, 35, allegedly tried to discuss her grievances with him. Kustoff drove off and “that’s why she began following him,” Weakley County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant told BuzzFeed News. After Kustoff pulled into a driveway, Wright allegedly got out of her car and “began screaming and striking the windows” of his car, police told BuzzFeed News. “I’ve been led to believe she was upset over a vote he had cast involving health care,” Plunk said.

    Healthcare is a tough and serious issue. Emotions can understandably run high on all sides. But criminal and threatening conduct cannot be tolerated.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Can you believe this? People have truly lost the edge, but they have been ENCOURAGED to commit this kind of violence. They have been told – REPEATEDLY – that Republicans are evil, hate them, want people to die, and more. And here we are.

      Obama DID change the country. I guess that was a promise he kept.

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  8. cindyindie Says:

    Cuz….Love love love your pictures….and the horse story–I’ll have to tell the boys.
    Happy Mother’s Day to all~
    Here’s my annual offering for best Mother’s Day song…Still my favorite…and so true about my mama..I’ll never stop missing her, and her incredible Faith.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, Cuz’n! I appreciate it! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to you!

      Oh, good – I hope the boys like it. The video in the link (it isn’t on Youtube, hence why I couldn’t put it here) is really good.

      Thank you for the beautiful song. Perfect!

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    The image below is for all of us who still miss the wonderful women who raised us, taught us right from wrong, bandaged the skinned knees and hearts, and most of all, loved us even when we didn’t love ourselves very much.

    I will always miss you Mom.

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    How This Mom Raised 4 Boys To Be CEOs

    As we come upon Mother’s Day, George Washington’s quote rings true; there is no way that I would be the person that I am today without the sacrifice, motivation, and love from my mother. My mom has had a significant influence on the success that I – and my siblings – have been able to accomplish.

    Let me introduce you to my mom, Suzanne Blake. Mom was raised by a single mother in Portland, Oregon. Unfortunately, her father was an alcoholic and was emotionally and physically abusive. My mother’s family was extremely poor and her mom spent her days and nights trying to make enough money to provide a safe shelter and food on the table. What that meant for my mom is that she had to raise herself. In addition to school, she worked from a young age, sewed many of her own clothes, and prepared her own meals. She had every excuse in life to not succeed, but she would not accept the fate of failure.

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  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    “My mother was the most beautiful woman ever saw. I attribute all my success in my life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.” ~ George Washington.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a neat quote from the Father of our Country for Mother’s Day. Thank you!

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Family of Hiker Missing for 7 Days ‘Never Lost the Faith’ that She Would Be Found

    When 23-year-old Madeline Connelly went missing in the Montana wilderness, her family didn’t panic. They prayed.

    On May 4, Connelly let for a hike with her dog, Mogi at the Great Bear Wilderness. When she didn’t return, local officials launched a search and rescue effort to find her.

    Not every story like this has such a happy ending. But how wonderful it is when your faith can sustain you even when it is difficult to hope.

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    This is JMO but I do believe it.

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    If you want to see and hear some inspiring stories about mothers and motherhood watch the PBS program “Call The Midwife” series.

    I have purchased every episode and have them in my video library at Amazon. I watched one episode from season six on television and I was hooked.

    It is a show about women that I think is mostly for women. It covers childbirth from shortly after WW2 to the 60s where is is now in season six.

    Every thing from the introduction of birth control to thalidomide babies. It’s wonderful.

    From what I’ve watched it has something for every woman, young,old, gay, straight and the Nuns of Nonnatus house who choose to remain celibate.

    Nonnatus House is named for St. Raymond Nonnatus:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I have it added on my Netflix queue!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        There are two more episodes on season six – one tonight and the season finale next Sunday. I am waiting for both with great anticipation.

        I wonder why the Brits are so much better at this sort of thing than we are. I also think that “Call The Midwife” is far better than Downton Abbey. That was fantasy and the rich and famous. And don’t get me wrong, I watched Downton every week.

        But “Call the Midwife” is set in a very poor area of London and we see the evolution of medicine in women with little or nothing as they give birth. It’s an education as well as entertaining.

        My guess is once you start watching them you’ll be hooked, just like me.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          You got me, but they really are so good at these shows. I am really looking forward to seeing this. It sounds fascinating!

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  17. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    We took our boat out today. It was a glorious day, not a cloud in the sky, and the temperature was in the upper 70’s. I took some photos of some birds, two of which I wanted to share here for dear Marge (and anyone else who loves birds).

    First up, an egret taking a break from fishing:


    Honestly, I have NO clue what kind of bird this is, which is why it caught my eye. It was good sized, too. This is the creek on which we have our house:


    We have hawks who like to survey the creeks and land from a dead tree close to us. We have not seen two together before, though. Suzy took this yesterday:


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I think the egret paused so that you could see how beautiful it is. Vanity.

      I haven’t a clue what the bird on dock is either.

      As for the hawks, we have several who nest nearby. One in a dead tree near the lakefront and another in the cemetery kitty-corner from us. They are majestic birds but the want to snack on my little ones and when they come into my yard, even right up to the back porch I shoo them away. Sometimes in my nightgown since they often come early in the morning. Love them and hate them at the same time.

      But right now my ire is directed at a neighbor’s cat that spends most of it’s time in my back yard and managed to kill one of my little ones yesterday. I warned the neighbor, for the steenth time and next time I will call animal control. Honestly, why have a pet if you don’t care for it?

      Thanks for the pictures – I love seeing them. All are great.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        LOL – no doubt abt the egret. I swear, I am convinced they were given an unattractive call to help offset how beautiful they are. Same for Great Blue Herons!

        I had thought at the time, before I saw the two distinct colors, that the bird was an anhinga, but then thought not when I saw the photo. Turns out, thanks to Suzy looking it up, that it is, indeed an anhinga – a female:

        Oh, NO abt the little one lost to the cat! Good grief. Can’t blame the cat – that’s what they do. But yes, you can sure blame the cat’s owners for not keeping a better eye on it Dangit!

        LOVE the image of you shooing away a big hawk in your nightgown!

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          The hawk was disdainful of me and only, finally, left when I was few feet from him. Either he doesn’t like bright pink nightgowns with little owls all over it and I offended his fashion sense or he knows what a wuss I am and was unafraid.

          Either way he left, slowly and with great dignity while there I stood in my bright pink nightgown with little owls all over it in my bare feet in my back yard for all to see. And while he kept his dignity and I did not, I protected my little ones for at least that moment and that’s enough for me.

          I have always been a rather conservative dresser and seldom since passing puberty fallen for trendy garments. I like classic and lasting. But my inner tacky comes out in my nightclothes since no one sees them except me and Lou and he encourages me by buying me “fun” things. I bought the tacky pink gown but he bought me a bright blue one with little panda bears all over it and it’s my second favorite.

          I worry less about dignity these days – surgery and hospitals pretty much kill that as you well know.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Oh, my – that is an even better image than the one I conjured up before – there was no pink nightgown with owls on it. LOVE it!!

            And I totally hear you. I am not a flashy dresser, either. Never have been. Rarely wore bright colors – I can barely stand the bright orange “Cavaliers” or “Virginia” down the sleeves of a UVA shirt I have. I feel like I need my sunglasses for it.

            So yeah – that makes the image even better!

            Good on Lou for encouraging you to go a bit wild with your nightclothes. Hey, gotta give the birds and neighbors something to look at, right? 😀

            I bet that hawk did have the same reaction to you that it does to the birds trying to chase it away – resigned indignation. Ahaha…

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