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Christmas Love is Spreading Throughout HubPages

Updated on December 19, 2016
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Theresa loves to write under the topic of Spreading HubLove because she believes in showcasing the talent of other writers here on HP.

I was kissing my Dad and my Mother was holding my little brother, way back when I was about two years old.
I was kissing my Dad and my Mother was holding my little brother, way back when I was about two years old. | Source
My Mother when she was young. (My friend, Jackie Lynnley on HubPages, repaired and added color to the photo.)
My Mother when she was young. (My friend, Jackie Lynnley on HubPages, repaired and added color to the photo.) | Source
My sweet Mother when she was just pregnant with me, right before flying to Germany to be with my Dad.  I did not know this until one day I just happened to read what she had written on the back of this photo . . . that she was pregnant with me!
My sweet Mother when she was just pregnant with me, right before flying to Germany to be with my Dad. I did not know this until one day I just happened to read what she had written on the back of this photo . . . that she was pregnant with me! | Source
Thank you for also repairing this photo of my sweet Mother, Jackie Lynnley.  It was so cracked before Jackie repaired  it.
Thank you for also repairing this photo of my sweet Mother, Jackie Lynnley. It was so cracked before Jackie repaired it. | Source
My mother when she was young.
My mother when she was young. | Source

Scripture from the Holy Bible

Psalm 41:3 states:

The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness.


Psalm 91:11 NIV states:

For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

My Sweet Mother


Some may know of what has been going on since last month, beginning on the Veteran’s Day holiday, Monday, November 12, 2012, with my dear sweet mother, who was only given 48 hours to live. Now, a month and four days later, my mother just celebrated her 84th birthday this past Sunday, December 16, 2012, with her family present! I just received an answer to one of my prayers this Christmas.



The best Christmas present ever will be that my family and I will get to celebrate Christmas knowing that my sweet mother is still continuing to grow stronger and stronger each day and is well on Christmas Day.



You see, my sweet mother was moved to Hospice on December 12, 2012, this past Wednesday, where the doctors had now given her just three to nine days to live. Since day one in Hospice, my sweet mother has been smiling, able to eat by mouth and has not had to have any oxygen. She is getting stronger as each day passes. She knows who we all are and is very cognizant of what is going on around her! Praise God! To God be the glory!!! Whatever is God's will for her life . . . is God's will.



All my mother would repeat while in ICU and then Acute Care for the past month was, "I want to go home."


Just this day, Tuesday, December 18, 2012, they said that my sweet mother will be able to leave Hospice care! Praise His Holy Name!!!




A Lovely Quote by an Unknown Author:


Some gifts are big, others are small. Gifts from the heart are the best gifts of all.

HP Town's Christmas Love Continues to Spread


It was another Monday, December 10th. Upon my arrival home after a long day at work and another long hour commute home, much to my delight, two separate packages had arrived in the mail from different parts of the United States. One had been mailed on December 5th and the other December 7th, however, both arrived on that Monday. The timing could have not been more perfect.

You may be wondering why I titled this hub . . . “Christmas Love Continues to Spread Throughout HP Town . . .” (Emphasis added.)

Well, if you are not aware, about ten days or so ago, a hubber, Mike Pugh by the name of CloudExplorer here on HubPages received a special gift in the mail from another hubber, Sunnie Day (Unfortunately for all, Sunnie Day is no longer publishing on HP at the present - 2014). If any of you do not know of Mike or Sunnie, then you have missed out on two special hubbers, who both have hearts so full of love for others, which has always expressed in both of their writings here on HubPages. Mike’s videos are always heartfelt and sincere. If you have not done so already, you will love CloudExplorer’s series, “The Art of Being Real On-Line.” Please check out the links here to the right.

Now, back to the two very special gifts I received from two special hubbers too, who both were aware of what my mother was going through at this time and almost having died on Veteran’s Day last month, as well as my trip to Georgia to see my mother and the continuing story . . . (to be told in another hub).

I was so excited (like a little child) to receive such, especially after seeing from whom the packages were sent . . . two very gifted and special writers right here on HubPages . . . Maria Jordan, who is also known as marcoujor on HubPages and Deborah Brooks (Debbie), who, sadly, is no longer publishing on HubPages at this time (2014) deborahbrooks! Or as I like to call them . . . two beautiful angels in person right here on this Earth!


My sweet friend and hubber Maria Jordan
My sweet friend and hubber Maria Jordan | Source
Maria's autographed book she sent to me!
Maria's autographed book she sent to me! | Source
My granddaughter, Scarlett, reading Maria's book, "Kylie's Blossoms."  She loves it!
My granddaughter, Scarlett, reading Maria's book, "Kylie's Blossoms." She loves it! | Source
Maria's precious prayer card to me, my "Momma" and my family
Maria's precious prayer card to me, my "Momma" and my family | Source
Maria's very special envelope addressed to "Marjorie," my sweet mother, and the extra special card inside
Maria's very special envelope addressed to "Marjorie," my sweet mother, and the extra special card inside | Source

Two Very Special Christmas Gifts Arrived on the Same Day!


I had torn open the first package that I picked in no particular order from hubber and special friend Maria Jordan aka marcoujor, which contained an autographed book Maria had written, Kylie’s Blossoms, and illustrated by Michael Friedman. Maria wanted to share her first published book dedicated to her great niece, Kylie Samantha in honor of her Mother, Sammie, which has been a labor of love. Maria, knowing of my mother’s illness and my love for the “sweetest mother on the planet, in my eyes,” my mother, Marjorie, sent to me her very special book. Maria knows what it is like to be the daughter of a very special "Momma" indeed! Oh what a delightful book of Kylie's and Teddy’s adventures of all the very special 12 new friends they meet along the way! My favorite chapter in Maria's book is "Kylie Meets Lily," and I may be a little bias, as one of my granddaughters is named Lily.

I will enjoy reading this book over and over to all of my grandchildren!

Maria also included inside her beautifully written and illustrated book, three separate cards. One larger envelope had my name written on the outside of it, and it is a most beautiful Christmas card with Maria’s special hand-written message of love and blessings to me and my family here at Christmas. Another smaller envelope also had my name written on the outside of it as well, which had three beautiful stamps sealing the envelope on the back which read, "Life is Love, Enjoy It," Life is a Dream, Realize It," and "Life is a Song, Sing It." How sweet! Inside was the sweetest little prayer card and special message to me, my “Momma” and my “beautiful family,” letting me know Maria was praying and we were in her thoughts. There was also the perfect scripture inside, . . . He answered their prayers, because they trusted in Him. 1 Chronicles 5:20 NIV

Yet, much to my delight, was still another card with my mother’s name, Marjorie, on the outside of the envelope, and soon the tears began to flow, just knowing that Maria had taken the time to send a very special card to my mother, who Maria has not even met before. I did not open it until I saw my mother . . . and I read it to her in person, which in Maria’s handwritten note started out, Dear Momma Marjorie ~

It was a heartwarming experience just to know that Membership in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Spiritual Treasury, was bestowed to my mother, under the special patronage of the IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (at the request of Maria on December 3, 2012) WILL SHARE FOR ONE YEAR IN a SOLEMN NOVENA OF MASSES celebrated in Camilla Hall Chapel honoring her Immaculate Conception and in the daily Masses, prayers, and apostolic works of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Special scripture was also included on that very special gift and card to my mother, See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands . . . Isaiah 49:16

Yet . . . still another blessing . . . Maria also included in this special package a most beautiful handmade blue necklace, where 100% of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, which touched my heart so profoundly, knowing I am a cancer survivor.


My sweet friend and hubber Debbie.
My sweet friend and hubber Debbie. | Source
Debbie's beautiful gift to me, her book of Poetry!
Debbie's beautiful gift to me, her book of Poetry! | Source
Beautiful flowers from Debbie.
Beautiful flowers from Debbie. | Source

Second Gift is just as Special to Me!


Now, finally after much crying . . . I had torn open the other very special package received from another hubber and special friend Deborah Brooks (Debbie). Debbie also knows what it is like to be the daughter of a very special mother too! Oh my goodness . . . much to my delight once again, it was Debbie’s autographed (to include a very special message inside as well) First Edition, My Heart I Give, A Collection of Poetry, published November 16, 2011, dedicated to Debbie’s mom, Barbara Rose Brooks (April 2, 1936 – July 31, 2011). This very special book of poetry contains the most beautiful poems I have read to glorify our Lord God. It is also Debbie’s first book of Poetry. I am so very humbled that Debbie had even thought of me. However, Debbie also knows of my mother’s illness, and if you know Debbie, then you know of her great love for her mother as well.

In Debbie’s dedication to her mother, the following is what she writes: My Mom was the most Christian Mother, she taught me all about Jesus. She encouraged me to do things in this life, and not to hold back. A lot of these poems are about her, and although, my mom was in a lot of pain for the past three or four years, and every year she got worse, she always had a smile for everyone. She always had an encouraging word for all. Everyone became part of the family, even people I didn’t even know. She left a great Legacy. I was so proud to have her as a mom.

Debbie also included in her package to me, a beautiful Christmas card with precious hand-written messages from Debbie, which I will cherish forever. One of my favorite poems in Debbie's book is "Meet me in Heaven Will You?" Whew, that poem is one beautifully powerful poem where tears have no choice but to flow.


Maria and Debbie's Special Mothers


Without a shadow of a doubt, both Maria’s and Debbie’s mothers remind me of my sweet mother, Marjorie, the sweetest mother on the planet in my eyes.


There are no words that can describe the love in my heart I felt that day at the arrival of those two very special gifts from two very special friends I met through “HP Town,” who I have no doubt in my mind, spread love everywhere they go and touch many hearts each and every day of their lives. God bless you both, Maria and Debbie. I keep them both, and their families, in my constant thoughts and prayers each day too.


I want to also say a very special thank you to those very special hubbers who have also been praying, not only for me, but for my sweet mother and family as well: Not only to include Maria and Debbie, but also Patty, Jackie, Michele, Sparklea, Joseph, Larry, Mh, Molly, CrisSP, Tess, Sue and countless others from HubPages. God bless each and every one of you and your families. I love you all.


Peace and blessings to all in "HP Town" and I hope all have a Merry Little Christmas, filled with much love from me to you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper


A Quote to Ponder by Pam Brown


We expect too much at Christmas. It's got to be magical. It's got to go right. Feasting. Fun. The perfect present. All that anticipation. Take it easy. Love's the thing. The rest is tinsel.

My Sweet Mother Went to Her true Home (Updated 12/22/12)


Dear Friends, I felt I needed to update this hub considering the circumstances:

After having published this hub on December 18, 2012, my sweet mother, on December 20, 2012, at 12:25 EST, did get to go home. She left this temporal world, and went on to her true home in Heaven to be with our sweet Lord God. She is having the best Christmas ever with His angels all around in great celebration. I praise God for having blessed me for so many years with the sweetest mother on this planet in my eyes. She is also the strongest person I have ever known in this lifetime, and I am sure that I will ever know. I praise God for allowing me and my family to celebrate with my sweet mother on her 84th Birthday/Christmas celebration (it has always been my family's tradition to celebrate Christmas with my mother on her Birthday, and we did celebrate). She was so very happy, smiling with that big beautiful smile the whole time for those seven days in Hospice (where they even said she would get to go home, as she was getting so much stronger and getting so well), and it was as though her dementia was no longer, as her mind was so very clear. When my little sister arrived that day, she had taken one last sweet breath and went on to her true home. My prayers that we would get to celebrate her Birthday and Christmas with my mother were answered, as well as her going home.

Thank you all for the love you have shown me concerning me and my mother, especially over this past month.

A dear friend here, told me that Christmas must the best of all times to arrive in Heaven . . . can you even imagine the great celebration going on . . .


© Copyright Faith Reaper, December 18, 2012 (All rights reserved)


Lovely Photos of My Sweet Mother when She Was Young

My very lovely mother when she was oh so young.
My very lovely mother when she was oh so young. | Source
My lovely mother standing in front of her car.
My lovely mother standing in front of her car. | Source
My Dad died way back in '89, and my Mother never remarried.  Since this Hub began with a photo of my Dad and Mom, I thought I would end it with a photo of my Dad and Mom.
My Dad died way back in '89, and my Mother never remarried. Since this Hub began with a photo of my Dad and Mom, I thought I would end it with a photo of my Dad and Mom. | Source

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Merry Christmas, dear Stella.

      Yes, indeed, we have been truly blessed in this life to have our precious mothers. Thank you for stopping by to read.

      God Bless you and keep you always,

      Theresa

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      stella vadakin 23 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I am glad I did get to read this. Some people are really blessed. I hear many complain about their mothers and can not understand. I was blessed with a good mother, and like you I miss her. We are so blessed to have had a true joy in our life. Merry Christmas to you and your family. God Bless 2015

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Sparklea,

      I am sorry about back when you were so sick. I cannot believe it has already been two years since my precious mother went on to her true home. We were blessed to have such a sweet mother in our lifetime and were able to celebrate her 84th birthday with her, and then just four days later she was gone.

      Yes, HP is such a wonderful community in which to belong because of loving people such as yourself, Maria, Debbie, Jackie and so many more. I was blessed with the outpouring of love from all during that time of great loss. I still receive sweet surprises in the mail from Maria and your loving and extra special cards have meant the world to me these past years. You always take care to write such special notes in your cards.

      Deborah has always been a prolific writer and I am not surprised at her success as an agent!

      That first photo is of a postcard from way back when. I think I was two then, and my mother was holding my brother in her lap. I am glad to have it to be able to share. It just seemed to fit here in this hub.

      God bless you too. Thank you so much for the vote up and more.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wow Faith, I was sick in the hospital two years ago at the time you wrote this hub...so somehow I missed it and I am glad you have it posted now. This has made me feel so emotional. The photos of your mother are so beautiful, you look like her. You are SO strong. It is terrible to lose our parents, but wonderful to know where they are. All the pictures, and what you shared I am certain have inspired all who have read this.

      The story of your mailbox surprises melted my heart. Hub Pages has resulted in so many friendships and you so deserved God's glad surprises at just the right time. So glad you included pictures of your gifts and the quotes from two beautiful friends. You have a terrific gift of including so much beauty to accompany your hubs. By the way, how great is it that Deborah is now an agent??? WOW!

      I especially love the black and white picture at the beginning of your hub with you, your mom and dad and the Merry Christmas message.

      God bless, voted up, awesome and beautiful. Love Sparklea :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wowzers, Debbie! My goodness ... now that is truly busy and blessed beyond measure ...

      An agent, look at you. I am so excited to hear such news, and I know I am so behind in all of your wonderful endeavors this past year. Your poetry is always so special and unique, like you. I am so proud of you and your well-deserved success.

      God bless you too, sweetheart

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 2 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Theresa.. I am an agent now.. sweetie i stay so busy I have 21 books published and I do write on two other poetry sites.. ... I am loving every minute of it... I am loving my family I am truly blessed... God bless you my dear..

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Debbie,

      I remember when you lost your dad. It is hard, especially around this time of year, missing our loved ones. Thank you so much for stopping by here, especially at Christmas. I remember you were such a sweetheart to me when my mother became ill and then went on to her true home.

      I pray all is well with you and yours. I certainly miss you too and hope you will consider writing once again here on HP, but I know your true passion is poetry, and there are many wonderful poetry sites that appreciate your beautiful poetry.

      God bless you too, sweetie.

      Love you too and thank you for the blessing of you. Your visit here today, is a sweet Christmas gift to me. Thank you!

      Merry Christmas, peace and blessings always

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 2 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hi Theresa.. I lost my dad last July... it has been hard.. I have missed you to... I remember when your mom died.. God Bless you my friend.. love you bunches .. and Merry Christmas...

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Mary,

      Thank you so much for returning here, especially at Christmas! You are so kind to do so. I have been remiss in publishing here of late, but hope to remedy that after Christmas. All of my grandchildren and family are coming to my house tomorrow for Christmas Eve. Having small children around at Christmas truly adds to the joy.

      Aw, I know you and your children cry about your home of 35 years + ... and the wonderful thing about our memories is that we can have them in our hearts forever! I know it can be bittersweet in thinking of all those wonderful memories, but then again, a blessing to have such memories.

      I am so glad to know that you and your sweet doggie are happy where you are living now and you are so near to all of your precious family. Now, that is a blessing.

      Yes, let us thank God for His many blessings He has bestowed upon us all.

      MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS TOO!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I have commented on this beautiful Hub before, but I just wanted to come back just to give you much love and many hugs for Christmas! This will be the first time my family won't be able to get together at our family home of 35 years. I had to let my home go; just too large and expensive.

      My children and I still cry and miss the old house. I am happy in my tiny little apartment with my doggie, and I am blessed that my family all live by so I see them often.

      This Christmas will be bittersweet for me, but I thank God every day for all my blessings, and I have many.

      MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear PS! Merry Christmas to you, sweet friend, and to your beautiful and courageous family. Each moment of this life is precious, as you well know. Yes, it is beyond our comprehension at times. However, His light shines ever so brightly through you and those like you, whose hearts are overflowing with love. I praise Him for the blessing of you! Merry Christmas and sending Christmas angels your way. Thank you so much for the vote up and more and sharing, but more importantly, your friendship.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      The same is true now all of these months later...I commented before, Theresa, but wanted to come back and wish you and your lovelies a very Merry Christmas.

      We are all so very blessed to have this Christmas season to celebrate each ...the birth of one who would give all for us...I am in awe each time I think of it...

      Once again, know that Angela are surrounding your family and love is on the way ps Shared voted up up and away g+ tweeted

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello VioletteRose!

      I did not mean to overlook your lovely comment there! You are so kind in stopping by to read. Looking back at family photos certainly brings back a flood of cherished memories.

      Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, what a lovely blessing this night to see your lovely face, sweet Debbie, popping in here at Christmas ... MERRY CHRISTMAS to you too! Thank you for the prayers and blessings. I have missed your beautiful presence here in HP Town and you sharing your amazing gift of poetry with us all here. I hope and pray you and yours are well and happy. You deserve all the happiness and joy in this life to the overflow.

      I cannot believe it has already been two years since my sweet Mother went on to be with the Lord. Her birthday was two days ago, and so the month of December is bittersweet, as I know you understand, thinking of your sweet Mother too.

      (((HUGS))) and much love to you always, sweetie,

      Theresa

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 2 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      MERRY CHRISTMAS to the sweetest most wonderful lady I ever met... I pray for lots of blessings this year.. for you and your family... OHHHH how I miss you... let me know how you are..

      debbiebrooks37@yahoo.com

      Debbie

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene,

      You are so kind. Thank you for being you! I appreciate your generous comments here. Oh, I am also happy to pray and I am so sorry you and your family are going through difficult times. I know you are a strong young woman and able to take on whatever this life throws at you ...just keep the faith and trust in the Lord and He will see you through whatever difficulties you are facing, sweetie.

      Oh, I do hope you will write again and travel hubs are always very interesting to me and all.

      I have not been able to publish much as of late due to life issues stealing my time, so I hope you will find something new to check out here.

      Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New Year to you and your family.

      (((Hugs)))

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      Hi Faith, you are a special person and friend. Thank you. I've missed you too. This was such a beautiful and inspirational hub. Thank you for the prayers and kind words regarding my family. We are going through some pretty difficult times, but I am still standing strong. I like this site so I might start writing hubs on travel next year which is not too far away. I wish you a very Merry Christmas & a very prosperous New Years. I'll check out some of your wonderful hubs. take care. Doc.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      What a beautiful hub! The personal photos of your family including your Mom and Dad, make this so special. I love looking through the old photographs, including that of my parents and their parents, it is a great feeling. Merry Christmas to you :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dear Peg,

      You are so kind. Yes, I had to update this hub being my sweet Mother went on to be with the Lord on December 20th that year and I kept receiving such loving comments, but wanted all to know. She was doing so well, and we were getting ready to take her home. She was getting stronger, happy and smiling. She was always so strong throughout her life, and would never let on if she were ever hurting, but always had a smile for everyone. I realized my prayer that we get to spend Christmas and her birthday with her was answered, as we traditionally celebrated Christmas on her birthday, the 16th, with the family together there with her. She was so happy too on that last birthday.

      The past two years have been bittersweet, especially here at this time of year just thinking of her, but knowing just how blessed my siblings and I were in this life with such a precious mother.

      Thank you for your hugs and love and, yes, HP is such a loving community no doubt about it, with so many lovely friends with hearts full of love for others. They are all certainly real to me.

      My heart aches so much for my dear brother, for when they called to tell him that our Mother had a major event (well, I forget how they worded it), and he told them, "Yes, she is getting to come home!" Then, he told me that right at that precise moment, that song came on the radio, "It's too cold outside for angels to fly." And it was one of the coldest days of the year, and he always thinks about that ...maybe it was too cold outside for her angel to fly, but I always reassure him her angels had taken her on to her true home.

      You are precious and lovely too, dear Peg.

      Love you too, sweet woman.

      Merry Christmas and God bless you and yours always.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Marlene (lovedoctor)!

      What a lovely blessing to see you stopping by here, especially this time of year right at Christmas.

      I pray you and your family are well, and I have missed you so much here on HP. I hope you will consider writing again maybe after the New Year?

      I do miss Debbie so much too here on HP. I know she is one busy lady in publishing so much with her novels and beautiful poetry. My mother did so love me reading Debbie's poetry to her in the ICU.

      HP is such a wonderful community in which to belong just for the friendships made, even though some have moved on, they still remain in our heart.

      Merry Christmas, dear Marlene.

      (((Hugs)))

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Faith, dear sweet Faith, I've only just found this hub of yours so wonderfully filled with hope and determination. I read through it quickly hoping to find that all was well, only to read the outcome. I'm so sorry, not only for my delay in responding, but for your devastating loss. Through your faith, I know you have managed to endure this and yet, at this time of the year, I can understand how difficult it must be for you. My deepest condolences along with hugs and love are on their way today and you are in my thoughts this morning. Reading through the comment stream I'm reminded of all those wonderful authors who used to be here and whose work I enjoyed. What a great community of writers and how wonderful when these folks become real in life as well.

      Your Mom is a gorgeous woman and those pictures of her, you and your Dad are so precious and dear. Love you, woman.

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      Dear Faith, Hope you are doing well. It's been a while. Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub and such beautiful photos. I am really sorry to hear about your mother. I know she meant a lot to you and even though she is now in heaven, I am sure she is watching you. You were such a cute baby & still are very beautiful inside and out. Hubpages is a writing platform where people can form strong friendships with one another. Debbie is a sweet friend who I have also kept in touch during the past 2 years. She sent me a Christmas card in the mail and I also received one from her as well. Take care Faith, God Bless. Doc

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, joyfulcrown. I love your hubber name and welcome to HubPages!

      I appreciate you for stopping by to read.

      God bless you too.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      God bless you too, dear Mary! Thank you for reading and leaving such lovely comments about Mothers. I am so glad you were also blessed with an amazing and wonderful mother in this life.

      Yes, dear Maria and Debbie, both were also blessed beyond measure in this life with their special mothers too! I think that is why they wound up such beautiful and loving persons in this life, like you too!

      Our darling Maria still sends me her wonderful little packages, and the latest, just this past Friday. What a blessing and example of love in action!

      Yes, let us continue to let the love shine ...

      I appreciate the vote up and more

      (((Hugs))) and much love to you always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Mary,

      Oh, thank you so much for leaving such lovely comments here. Yes, I was so very blessed to have the sweetest mother in this life. Today is her birthday, December 16th, as you have stated, and I am a bit sad and missing her sweet smile. However, I know you are right about her celebrating with God and His angels. She was an angel right here on this planet.

      I have that same wish too, Mary, and I understand that most likely we will never forget or stop missing them. I am so happy you were blessed with such a wonderful Mother too.

      I am so glad, too, that you have stopped by this particular hub and, especially, it being my Mother's Birthday.

      May you and your family be blessed too on Christmas and throughout the New Year and always.

      I appreciate the vote up and share. You are most generous.

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this. May God bless you.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Obviously I am one of the new readers here but the message is clear and never gets old. Love conquers all and there is no love like a mother's. Anyone who doesn't love and honor their mothers is certainly suspect. Like you, my mother was a special and amazing lady.

      Of course special folks like Maria and Debbie help love to shine bright and show us love can be everywhere, even here on HP! I've been blessed by Maria's packages when I was most in need and I am thankful for her and her thoughtfulness. God bless all three of you and please God, let the love continue to shine.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      What a beautiful Hub! Your Mother was a beautiful person, not only in how she had beauty, but also had a beautiful heart. I was blessed with a wonderful Mother, too. Mine died 39 years ago and I still miss her. I have only wished to be the kind of Mother I was blessed to have.

      I'm glad I read this on this day: your Mother's Birthday. I'm sure she is celebrating with God and all his Angels.

      I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas.

      Voted this UP, etc. and will share.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Nell,

      Yes, my mother went on to be with the Lord five days before Christmas in 2012, and so I thought I would just place this hub on my highlight of hubs, being it is Christmas. Oh, my HubPages friends here are the best of the best and so compassionate with hearts of love for all whom they come into contact!

      Thank you for leaving such lovely comments, and I do hope she was smiling. I really do not read back over this hub for it will bring on the tears of my sweetest mother on the planet, and so I am glad you did share that about the tear.

      Tomorrow is her birthday, December 16th, and I hope our Christma luncheon party at work will help me not to dwell too much and be a bit sad. I am so thankful I was blessed with the sweetest mothers on the planet, at least in my eyes, for in her lifetime, I never recalled her, even once, saying one ill word about anyone ever! I wish I could be more like her, and even though she endured much hardships, she always was positive and had a smile.

      Bless you too, dear Nell!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I realised as I read this that it wa a couple of years old, and I am so sorry you lost your mother, it's a hard time of year for it to happen, but what beautiful friends and those books and cards, how lovely! I am sure your mum loved every moment and the words in the cards must have made her smile, brought a tear Faith, and that doesn't happen often, bless you!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish,

      Yes, it is, especially with my mother's birthday also being in December. She was such a sweetheart to all, and my siblings and I know just how blessed in this life we were to have such a precious mother in this life.

      The love shown to me during this difficult time by friends here in this lovely community was overwhelming and touched my heart deeply. As I have stated many times before, this is such a wonderful community in which to belong and be welcomed.

      Hugs

      Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours always

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      The holiday season must be a bittersweet time of year for you. Your mother was such a beautiful lady, and it was heartwarming how others in this fine community reached out and lovingly supported you in such a difficult personal time. I'm sure she is so proud of you and her heart is brimming with love for you and your growing family, dear Faith Reaper. Hugs.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Gypsy,

      Thank you so much for visiting again here. I thought I would highlight it again being it is Christmas. I appreciate your kind words here and, yes, this time sure does bring on the missing more than ever and I know, too, they are up there together. That is a lovely statement you have made here about their love radiating down to us and keeping us safe always. That is a comforting thought.

      Blessings to you and yours too. Merry Christmas.

      (((Hugs))) and much love to you too.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      such a wonderful hub and well worth another visit. I love the pictures very much. It gives the feel of the holidays but I know it also gives some sadness. It is around this time I always miss my parents. My mom also never married again after losing my dad. You know they are up there together and still as much in love. All of our parents radiate their love down to us and keep us safe always. Hugs and much love to you. Hope you and your family will have a blessed Christmas.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo (LadyFiddler),

      I am so sorry you have not been well for almost two years. I know you miss your brother so much. I truly do not think it will be too much longer before we will be with our sweet Lord and with our precious loved ones. If we are still here, then it is for some reason. We must persevere through this life and then we will receive our reward.

      Hugs

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Yeah sure right at-least she isn't here suffering in this lousy world sometimes i wish i was with my brother but i guess when God is ready , hopefully it will be soon i haven't been well for almost two years but just hanging in there by his GRACE.

      Thanks for the blessings and may the same be bestowed upon you and yours.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Well, what a lovely surprise, dear Joseph (Lord De Cross), to see you popping in here this night. I pray you are well.

      Thank you for blessing me during that difficult time two years ago with your kind words and support. Wow, it is hard to believe it has been two years.

      God bless you too. Merry Christmas!

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      Joseph De Cross 2 years ago

      God Bless your mom and Merry Christmas Faith Reaper!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo (LadyFiddler),

      Yes, Maria and Debbie are such sweethearts and truly had shown me the love in their hearts during that difficult time.

      I know my precious mother is having the best Christmas every year now, and I can't believe it has been two years since she went to her true home to be with Our Lord.

      I am so looking forward to seeing her sweet face again one day.

      Hugs and blessings to you and yours always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Michelle,

      Oh, I am so glad you did read this one, and I have been so blessed to meet some of the most beautiful, kind and caring friends here in HP Town. I cherish them all. The love they had shown me during this difficult time, truly touch my heart. Now, I am so thrilled to have met you this year!

      December is a bit difficult for me, as my Mother's birthday was December 16th and she went to be with the Lord five days before Christmas in 2012. I know she is having the best Christmas each year and no longer in pain or suffering.

      Thank you so much for leaving such lovely comments.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Audrey,

      Yes, death is part of life in reality no doubt. Thank you for your lovely comments and I am happy this hub touched you. So true, true love can always be felt and experienced and is really unending.

      Peace and blessings

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      That was very thoughtful and sweet of Marie and Debra. I am sorry to hear about your mum's passing please accept my condolences. I am sure she's in a better place with God our Saviour. May he comfort you and your family's hearts. Weeping may endure for the night but joy cometh in the morning. Hallelujah for the joy hallelujah for the joy.

      Keep Good you will see her again someday.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Such a wonderful story of friendship and togetherness. I almost didn't comment since you published this almost 2 years ago but I really resonated with the kindness we experience on HP. Though I haven't met anyone that participates on HP many I feel very close to. I am glad that you had the strength to share a very heartfelt piece about your mother and better yet the power of God. Though medicine is a great source only God can determine our outcome. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day :)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I am thinking quite a bit about life and death right now. Your hub touched me. It is wonderful when we can really feel the presence of love in our lives. Your hub reminded me of that

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Rolly,

      So great to see you here reading this day, and I am glad you are writing again here on HP!

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. Yes, I thought I would put this one back up to highlight from last year. There was a lot going on at this time of year last year. My mother was serious ill from Veterans Day and was getting better, and we celebrated her 84th birthday with her on December 16th, and four days later, she went on to be with the Lord, to her true home. They told us she was well enough to go home. So, on December 20th last year she died. I had to update this hub, after her death.

      This Christmas feels so different and I am sure it will from now on. I am still joyful about the Lord, of course, but it just feels much different without her being here. I keep thinking I am supposed to get her a birthday and Christmas gift.

      I know I will see her again, and my friends on HP were so wonderful and kind throughout her illness, as you have read.

      I pray all is well with you.

      Merry Christmas,

      Faith Reaper

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... what a wonderful hub of the love shared by others. You have a special way of reaching deep into the hearts of people. Special hugs to your dear mother and share with her prayers have been raised from Canada... excellent writing as always...

      Blessings and much love

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello EGamboa,

      Thank you for reading! I appreciate your kind comments. Yes, the HP community is full of wonderful, caring people indeed.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Eileen Gamboa 3 years ago from West Palm Beach

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful testimonial. And very cool to know the caliber of people right here on HP!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Linda (Minnetonka Twin),

      So great to see you here reading! Thank you so much for your kind words. Actually, I had written it 11 months ago, and just put it up there on the highlight area to share again.

      Oh, my dad died way back in '89, but I do share about him in hubs. It was on Veterans Day last year that my mother started her downward spiral in illness, but we saw many miracles and I had written of angels all along the way that rainy day on Veterans Day of my travels to see her in Georgia and after I finally arrived in ICU.

      God bless you too sweetie,

      Faith Reaper

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Dear sweet Faith Reaper~This is such a beautiful tribute to your mother. I can feel the strong bond you had and have with your mother. She is so beautiful :-) I'm glad you shared this hub a year later as a tribute to your mother and a healing for you. You are both beautiful women with loving hearts. What a Christmas your mom and dad are having these last two years. God Bless you for sharing this my friend.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Romeos,

      Thank you for reading and leaving your most kind and always generous comments. You're the best.

      My mother was one to never think of herself no matter what and would never complain, even when she was in extreme pain. She never wanted to be a bother to anyone, but all of us siblings were so blessed to have the sweetest mother on the planet, at least in our minds.

      Peace and love to you this season too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thinking about you dearest Faith at this special time of year.... Such a lovely piece with adorable photographs. Your mother was a beautiful woman in all senses of the word from your impeccable discourse, and your heart shines with great intensity; you always seem to put yourself second, which is very touching.

      Some great song choices, and an all-round feeling of depth, warmth and unsurpassing peace. Simply wonderful.

      Sending Peace & Goodwill, to you and your family;

      R.Q.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you dearest Colin,

      You are sweet to think of me and come back to this hub. I do accept your sincere warn wishes and good energy from you.

      Keep warm with your sweetest family of three. Believe it or not, I have actually published another hub, but it is still in pending.

      Sending lots of hugs your way, enough for your family of three.

      Faith Reaper

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Dear Heart: Please know that I have missed you and I have been thinking of you and of your family - please accept my sincere warm wishes and good energy sent to you - from lake erie time canada 1:12am with both cats by my side and the furnace heat blowing on this cold January night - but all is safe and sound with my family of three:

      Colin , Mister Gabriel and Little Miss Tiffy

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      @ steve

      @ girishpuri

      Thank you both so much. I appreciate your thoughts, prayers and encouragement.

      Happy New Year to you both! God bless you both. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Faith, God bless you, Wish you and yours a very happy and blessed new year.

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      Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      You have been in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong. We are all behind you! Steve

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Debbie,

      Praise God about your Dad! That is wonderful news. God is very good no doubt about that fact!

      Oh, wow, CONGRATULATIONS on your book "Brooke!" I have no doubt how successful you will be as a writer, as you are an amazing one!

      I am taking a bit of a break from HP right now, as the LORD GOD has revealed other areas of my life that need attention and serving Him . . . not in cyberspace but in the real world.

      However, when He gives me something to write I will do so. Do have one almost ready, but have to have time to write, as you know, I do not get back home once I leave my home to go to work until over ten hours later, in the evenings. Plus must deal with life as it throws stuff at us, as life does.

      Thanks for you love, kindness and friendship.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith.. hey girlfriend.. I miss you.. My dad is doing so much better and thanks for your prayers for me.. God is so good.. he is home and doing so much better and my book BROOKE will be published next week..and I will have my book signing on Feb. 2nd in Birmingham Ala.

      wish you could be there..

      when are you going to write a new hub?

      I am missing you

      Love you

      Debbie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much James for your kind words here. Yes, I believe as things are going, I will see her a lot sooner, where there will be no more tears, pain or suffering. It will be a glorious day when He returns!

      Maria and Deborah are angels right here on this earth no doubt!

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      I am touched by this lovely Hub, with so many wonderful facets. Please accept my condolences at losing your mother. I know you will miss her dearly during the time you have left in this vale of tears. But then, you will be with her for eternity. God Bless You! And God Bless Deborah Brooks and Marcoujor too.

      James

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh Dearest Mekenzie,

      No apologies necessary. Thank you so much for your heartfelt words here. Yes, Debbie and Maria are the best and most thoughtful, loving people ever. They both sent me such loving gifts and were so thoughtful and caring towards me when my mother initially went into ICU back on Veteran's Day, and then she improved, and back and forth and so on. There were many earthly angels and otherwise along the way this past month or so for sure.

      HP is truly a loving community, and I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers from all here.

      You are so right . . . I know my sweet Momma would not want to come back after experiencing the glories of Heaven, and I know I will see her very soon.

      I am so sorry for your loss too dear Mekenzie. You are the one with a pure heart, just like Jesus.

      God bless you. Love and Hugs to you too, Faith Reaper

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      Oh Faith, I am so sorry I dropped off the internet this past month and missed your journey. What an amazing hub filled with such love and honor for your sweet Mother.

      I cried when I read about the kindness and thoughtfulness of these two amazing women. They honored you and demonstrated how special you are - surely the timing was perfect as your heart was grieving. Thank God for their gifts to you!

      Your Sweet Momma surely would not want to come back after experiencing the glories of Heaven. It is hard to loose parents .. my Dad went to Heaven first, just like yours. When my sweet Mother went to see Jesus I felt like an orphan for a long time.

      I am sorry for your loss and share the deep assurance that you will see her soon. Very moving hub revealing your heart of gold.

      Love and Hugs!

      Mekenzie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Epi,

      Thank you so much for sharing your lovely heartfelt words here dear. I am so sorry, as life is so very painful at times and I can understand how difficult these past Christmas seasons have been for you no doubt. However, I am glad you are living the best years at your family cottage, and what a blessing that has been. I know you can feel them all around you, especially with you living right there.

      Thank you so much and I wish the same for you too in this new year, where all things are possible.

      Hugs, love and good energy right back to you 12:41 p.m. here in southern USA time, Faith Reaper

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I can definitely relate to your emotional roller coaster ride with your dear beloved mum. My mum , as you know, was my best friend (so was my dad) and I lost my mum back in 2004 but it's been the best 8 years of my life living here at the family cottage (I lost my dad back in 1992) as I feel their love and spirit all around me. This is my family now, this little cottage by the lake and my two cats, because I don't have anyone else and the last couple of Christmas seasons have been particularly difficult for me - so yes your story is a life affirming miracle in many ways and it's definitely been a Christmas gift for me in knowing you how much you care and love your mum and reading your testimony here.

      Sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time canada 12:59pm and in 2013 I wish and hope for your health, happiness and prosperity for you and your family

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      God bless you Molly. Yes, she was and that special time was a blessing from God. Love you dear friend.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Theresa, your Mom was a doll. I'm so glad you got that time with her. God bless you and your family.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      @ Hello my dearest sweet friend Debbie, thank you so much. She was certainly beautiful inside and out, and with a heart of love like I have never seen before in another. Love you very much.

      @Hi my very dear and precious friend Maria, thank you for letting me know of the challenge and I am so humbled you have chosen this hub to ( re)read, as well as dedicating this one in honor of Dylan Hockley. God bless you and, yes, may they both rest in peace. Love you very much.

      @ Dearest Sunnie, I am so blessed by your loving heart and comforting words here. Yes, can you imagine being the one arriving in heaven at Christmas time and the great celebration going on there no doubt! Thank you so much for your prayers. Sending lots of hugs and love your way.

      @ Hi KDeus, I appreciate your very kind words here and for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. Your words have touched my heart deeply. God bless you too.

      @ Dear Frank, thank you so very much. God bless.

      @ Oh, my lovely friend Mary, you are so kind. Yes, I am rejoicing this day knowing just that . . . I will no doubt get to see my mother, the sweetest mother who ever stepped foot on this planet in my eyes, again one lovely day. It will be a glorious day to see His face, along with my sweet mother's! I felt your great big hug!!! God bless you. Hugs and love to you.

      @ Hi my sweet love from the sky - CrisSp - you are so very precious, and I am so sorry about you not having that time near the end to spend with your precious grandmother. I praise God each and every day for allowing me that very special time with my sweet mother this past month or so, especially on her Birthday, which we always celebrate Christmas with her too. She had a grand time too and, as I have previously commented, it was as if the dementia was completely gone, and we all enjoyed having the mother we knew back for that special time together. We shall all cherish it forever until we see her again. No apologies necessary my lovely friend. Thank you for the hugs and prayers. Hugs and love back to you most cherished one.

      @Hi wetnosedogs, thank you for your very kind and comforting words here sweet friend. Yes, it was very comforting. God bless.

      @Hello mecheshier, thank you so much for your kind words here.

      God bless you all. I love you all so very much my dearest of friends with hearts full of love to share. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      What a wonderful story. Many blessings to all of you. Thank you for sharing.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      FaithReaper,

      Sorry I am late seeing the update.

      I adore the pictures of your mom.

      Keep your faith strong. Your mother is comfortable now. It had to be a most comforting feeling to be with your mother when she needed her kids the most.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My dear Faith, I'm so touched by this hub and so sorry that I've actually missed the original hub. I've been in and out of HP due to my flying and to catch up on reading and hubbing isn't easy when you don't get enough sleep. I have tears while reading. I'm sure that your beloved mother is now resting in peace singing along with the lovely angels in heaven. She was beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      My beloved grandmother who raised me died 2 days before Christmas in 1997 and it broke my heart, the fact that I didn't get the chance to see her and bid my final farewell. I was stuck in the Mid East then and there's no way to get home. I was devastated and so you're lucky to be there for your mom, if that would make you feel better.

      My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

      Big hugs and sincere prayers. Take care my Faith Reaper. I'm sharing this for those who have missed it.

      Love from the sky~

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      My heart is breaking for you on this Christmas Day to learn of your Mother's passing. I know how sad you are, but as a Christian, you know you will be with her another day. I find comfort in knowing that.

      I wish I could give you a great big hub, and wipe away your tears.

      Love, and thinking of you, Mary

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Wishing you and your family a warm safe Christmas :)

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      Keely Deuschle 4 years ago from Florida

      Faith, your beautiful writing about your mother touched me so very much. My heart goes out to you and I will keep you in thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Dearest Faith my heart goes out to you, I know this must be such a hard time for you. I love what you said about the perfect time to arrive in Heaven..can you imagine the rejoicing that is going on? I am happy you updated your hub with these lovely pictures of your mom. She loves you so, you can see it in her eyes. I will continue to lift you up in prayer.

      All my love,

      Sunnie

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Faith,

      I absolutely love the beautiful pictures of your Mother that you added as well as the thoughtful addendum. Hoping you and your family are holding up over these days.

      In keeping with Honey BB's challenge, I want you to know this is the 7th of 26 hubs I will (re)read today.

      I wanted to dedicate this one in honor of Dylan Hockley (3-8-06) and may his soul, and your dear Momma's rest in peace.

      Love, Maria

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith your mom is so beautiful. Just like you. God bless you my sweet friend. Love you

      Debbie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my dearest friend Patty,

      Thank you so much for your very lovely words expressed here. I cherish you and your friendship, my dearest Sister in Christ.

      I just know from your written words about your Momma, she was just as special, no doubt! They are both with His angels now, and I know they have to be the best of friends too. Yes, both our mothers will be watching over us and smiling. Yes, it is a wondrous love.

      I appreciate you so much for always thinking of me and I covet your powerful prayers.

      God bless you and keep you. Merry Christmas. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Friends,

      I felt I needed to update this hub considering the circumstances. I added a bit about my mother towards the end of this hub, along with some lovely photos of my mother when she was young.

      God bless you all. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      What loveliness we find here on HP. It is so uplifitng, so comforting when others reach across this cyberland and touch our lives. I have followed your articles about your Momma as I feel the same way about my Momma. How blessed we have been to have Mothers who have given us the gift of their love and wisdom.

      Christmas is always a time when my Momma comes to mind as it was such a special time at our house. We had so much love and joy at our home all year and at Christmas it was punctuated by the special things Mother would do to make it a magical time for us. I miss her as much now as I did when she first left the planet but I can feel her with me and know she is experiencing so many of the things I wanted to share with her first hand.

      I know that your Momma will be closely connectedw with you do. She is now one of the Angels that always watch over and protect us. What a wondrous love that is.

      Again, know that you remain in my thoughts and prayers. :) ps

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Genna,

      Thank you, and you had know way of knowing, and even after being transferred to Hospice, for those seven days, my mother was so happy, smiling, as I stated, eating well and even at Hospice, the doctor and nurses said she was going to get to go home as she had gotten so much stronger and she was eating up a storm by mouth without that feeding tube down her nose. While at the hospital after getting out of Acute Care and then placed in a regular room, she continued to pull out that feeding tube --she broke the record at the hospital for doing such. So the doctors came in one day and my mother heard and understood what they were saying, and she was asked by my brother, did she want the feeding tube back in her nose, and she said a big "No!" And then she was asked did she understand what that meant, and she said she did. She made the choice. When she arrived at Hospice, she was like a new woman, no oxygen and breathing just fine on her own, and eating just fine my mouth. Every day for seven days it was as though her dementia had left her and we just all had the best days ever with her and she was so very happy there and getting stronger each day. God called my sweet angel of a mother home, to her true home. God allowed my family to have that extra special time with my mother no doubt, as it all started back on Veteran's Day, when, at that time, the doctors said she only had 48 hours to live, but then the very next day, everything improved overnight (after much prayer) . . . there is another story to tell of the angels all around during this past month, but that is for another time in another hub.

      Thank you for your heartfelt comments dear Genna. I am touched so deeply. Hugs to you too dearest Genna. God bless you and your family too.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing; I missed that in your more recent comment. Marjorie was a woman who was so blessed to have such a loving family; truly the greatest gift any mother could wish for. She will always be there for you. This is the strength and power of love and faith. I felt this very strongly when I lost my own mother, and I still know this to be true, today. Hugs, my dear Faith. God bless you and your wonderful family.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Genna,

      God bless you dear one. You are one of those very treasures right here in "HP Town" no doubt. Yes, Sunnie, Debbie, Maria and all here on HP are the greatest!

      Dearest Genna, you could not have know that my sweet mother went on to her true home just yesterday at 12:25 p.m. ETS, as she left this temporal world to celebrate Christmas in Heaven---can you even imagine. A friend told me that Christmas must be the best of times to arrive in Heaven with all of His angels around in great celebration. I am so blessed to have had my sweet mother for as long as I did, and for the time God blessed my family with to celebrate my mother's life this past Sunday on her 84th Birthday. It is my side of the family's tradition to always celebrate Christmas with my mother on her Birthday, and we did. She was so happy with her family around and had the biggest smile on her beautiful face. She did keep saying when she was in ICU and then in Acute Care that she wanted to go home, and she did! (((Hugs))) and love to you lovely Genna.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      @ Dearest Steve, thank you so very much, kind man. God bless you. Peace, hugs and love your way.

      @ Dearest Maria, thank you, again, for such precious words here to me and concerning my sweet mother. Yes, we now have two very special angels watching over us indeed until we get to see their sweet, beautiful faces again---what a glorious day that will be no doubt! I do believe they are the very best of friends now, how sweet of a thought dear Maria, and thank you for that sweet thought. You just keep on blessing me and blessing me!!! Yes, "Momma" is having the best Christmas ever right now. A friend told me that Christmas must be the best of times to arrive in Heaven ---just think of what a great celebration is going on there with all of His angels around. Can you even imagine! You and your family are in my heart too, especially right at this time dear lovely Maria. Love you so very much too.

      @ Oh my precious, precious friend Jackie, yes, God did indeed bless us with the special time spent with my sweet mother on her Birthday/Christmas celebration. It was as though, she no longer had dementia, as she was so clear as to who we all were and everything, and that in and of itself, is a miracle to have witnessed . . . her with that sweet big beautiful smile on her face, laughing, enjoying all of her children being there . . . and you just go ahead and cry dear one, and I, too, would love to be in that wonderful place where your lovely Marjorie and my sweet Marjorie are . . . where there are no more tears, pain or suffering. (((Hugs, hugs and more hugs))) to you my lovely Jackie.

      @ Oh, my dear Martie, you have touched my heart so profoundly with such words straight from your great big heart of love . . . and I am so very thankful to have met you here on HP and now have a special friendship with an extra special person from across the world---how lovely! I appreciate you more than you will ever know. (((Hugs and more hugs))) to you. Thank you so much dearest Martie for continuing to spread the love here in HP Town . . . and all the way from South Africa! You are the best no doubt!!!

      @ My dear friend "for life," Debbie! . . . What a blessing to know you and be loved by you. Please know just how much you mean to me, and how blessed I am to receive the outpouring of love you have shown me and continue to show me. You are an inspiration to me, and I know God has much more planned for you my dear friend. I believe he has much in store for both you and I. Agape love to you my sweet friend. I am forever your friend.

      @ Dearest Rolly, I love that "Heart Hubs," and you should know, as I just love reading your wonderful "Heart Hubs!" I am so glad to have started to do so here of late. Oh what a lovely heart you have dear Rolly... and please know dear one . . that, just yesterday at 12:25 p.m. ETS, my sweet mother left this temporal world and did go on to her true home. All the while in ICU and then in Acute Care, she kept saying she wanted to go home, and she did! She is having the best Christmas ever, arriving in Heaven during the Christmas season. I cannot even image. Please take a moment with me to celebrate a beautiful life. I am so thankful to even had so many lovely years with the sweetest mother on the planet in my eyes for as long as I did. We had a beautiful celebration of her life this past Sunday on her 84th Birthday, and we always celebrate Christmas with my family on her birthday. So, she did get to celebrate Christmas with her children, as it is my side of the family's tradition to celebrate Christmas on my mother's Birthday. Now, she is celebrating the best Christmas ever. God bless you dear one. ((((HUGS))) and Blessings to you from southern USA to Canada.

      Love and peace to all of you, my dear precious angels right here on this very planet . . . In His Love Always and Forever, Faith Reaper

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This hub is a wonderful Christmas gift, all its own. I am so thrilled to hear that Marjorie is doing better, and has regained some of her strength. The photos of her reveal the grace and spirit of a woman one wishes to know. She is a special lady. :-)

      Sunnie is indeed a warm and giving, genuine person…a blessing to HP town in many ways. And how wonderful of Maria and Debbie to give these beautiful gifts and heartwarming wishes.

      HP has such treasures within…so many, and what a blessing this is to all. Hugs, and my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... what a testimony of your mom and the love you have shown here in this hub. "Heart Hubs" is what I call them. Words placed for all to see of what an act of kindness can do to others.

      It is a blessing to see the interaction which can take place in a seemingly overwhelming world here on the internet.

      God bless your Christmas with mom this year and do tell her she has many praying for her from the community you have formed.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      My dear Faith.. I know your mom is in heaven with Jesus.. No more pain.. but it is still hard.. to lose your mom.. anytime of the year.. but right before Christmas is the hardest.. God Bless you my dear.. I have to tell you you are a blessing to me and a great example to me on what a Christian should be like. I am here for you always .. as long as the Lord lets me be.

      You have my number call anytime

      You friend for life

      Debbie

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      My dear Faith Reaper, you are one of those true Christians, exposing God, Jesus, Heaven, Hell, Christianity and especially the power of love and faith as an indisputable reality. If all Christians were like you, Christianity would not have been one of many religions in this world, but THE norm and standard of everyday living.

      The way you see your mamma's life and death - and all your personal experiences - is such an example of the peace of mind promised to those who put all their faith and trust in God - that peace that is beyond comprehension of the human mind.

      You have it, my dear Faith. So, even while my heart pains for you, and even while I fear the day that I will have to say goodbye to my own dear mother, as I've already said to my father, I know that your faith and love for God and your trust in Him, will give you all the strength you need to cope with the human sorrow and pain we experience when a very-very special person goes home and leave us to live on without them.

      This is a beautiful hub, spreading love all over HubPages and paying respect and love to God, your mother, Maria, Deborah and all of us. Heart-touching beautiful!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I thank God so much you had what time you did with your mother before she left. My mother's last day was two heart attacks and I could not get to her in time so that is really hard to think about. It is very hard to keep from crying for your mother probably because I saw my mom in her and then to find out she had the same name. I would truly love to be in her place in that wonderful place God has prepared for us. God bless you and your family; every one.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sweet, dear Faith,

      You are one of the strongest women I know. Your faith is truly unshakeable and your love for family and friends is unconditional.

      Your Momma loved each of you so much and raised such a gorgeous family. She is largely responsible for the woman you are today.

      Now Sammie and Marjorie are the best of friends. We shall always have two special angels watching over us, guiding us and loving us until we see them again.

      My tears are for you. Momma is in peace and happy in her eternal home. You are on my mind and in my heart always.

      Love you so much, Maria

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      Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      Rest in Peace.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      My dearest friend Joseph (Lord),

      I pray that I can get through this very last comment here on this day

      . . . as the tears are flowing. I am so blessed that you have stopped by here for a minute at the very precise time you did . . .

      I do have you to thank for the very special friendship that Maria and I now share. When I joined HP back in April during a poetry challenge of some sort, of which I had no clue, is when I believe I remember reading my dear sweet and precious friend Debbie's (your dear friend too) beautiful poetry.

      I would like to take this time to let you and everyone know that it has always been my side of the family's tradition at Christmas, to celebrate Christmas with my mother and my whole family on my sweet mother's birthday. So . . . we did celebrate Christmas with my sweet mother.

      Joseph, I want you to please know, that at almost the precise time you had taken a minute to stop by to comment, my dear sweet mother did get to go home this day at 12:25 p.m. Georgia (ETS), to her true home to be with the Lord. She is, right at this very minute, walking and talking with our sweet Lord God. When my little sister arrived, my mother had taken her last breath on this temporal world, that is not our true home, and she went peacefully and without any pain to be with the Lord God.

      I praise God for blessing me all these years with the sweetest mother anyone could have ever been blessed with in this lifetime. She was the strongest and sweetest person I have ever known or will ever know, and I am sure of that fact. I want to thank my Lord God for giving my family the very special time, especially on my sweet mother's Birthday to celebrate with her . . . her beautiful life, right here at Christmas.

      God bless you all. I love you all, and you my dearest "Angel" friend, Joseph.

      I will be unable to comment any further after this comment.

      Please take a moment to celebrate a beautiful life.

      May His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding, be with you all, and I will see you all next year.

      God bless you. In His Love Always and Forever, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      My dear friend Gypsy, who also loves the Lord so much,

      You are always such a faithful friend to read and leave such lovely comments to glorify our Lord God. I am attempting to comment here at this time, as the tears are flowing . . .

      Debbie, Maria and all here on HP are such lovely angels right here on this planet no doubt.

      God bless you and I pray you have a very Merry Christmas dear friend.

      In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great comments and great hearts, Faith. Stopping by for a minute. Your mom has been blessed by your prayers and other friends' prayers. May this miracle serve as an example to others. We had a mission and now you ladies are connected for the sake of this humanity. Happy holidays Faith!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Such a wonderful and inspirational hub full of love and the Christmas spirit. Blessings to your mom, God bless her and may Christmas angels guide her into the New Year. Your mom's story brings such warmth to the heart I know the joy you must be feeling. So happy for all of you. Lovely gifts you received from Maria and Debbie I love these two talented women and am happy to have them among my friends. May your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I must say it hugs to you and to your mom. Passing this on.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Aaahh my beautiful sister from the "Skye" . . .

      God is truly amazing and His love is divine no doubt! Yes, "Doctors are doctors, but God is God," our Great Physician.

      That is the only present I desire on Christmas, for my sweet mother to be and stay well by Christmas and back home.

      Oh, yes, there are many beautiful and wonderful hearts here at the hubs, and it is such a blessing to see how He is working through HP.

      I agree, Debbie is a most talented writer and a precious and dear sister in Christ, and Maria has such a beautiful heart of love for others too. Please do "check her out." She is an amazing and beautiful person as well.

      Thank your for your blessings and love, and for leaving such lovely comments to glorify our God. Praise Him! To God be the glory!

      "Rejoice, I shall say it again, rejoice!"

      Love that scripture you have cited too.

      God bless you dear one. Merry Christmas. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh Leslie, now you have me crying too. I am so humbled by your precious words.

      Both Maria and Deborah are two beautiful loving souls with huge hearts, who I am blessed to have met here in "HP Town!" Leslie, you are one of those beautiful persons too, inside and out.

      I appreciate you more than you will ever know. There are no words to express all of the love shown to me and my sweet mother here---and in your beautiful comment and through all others as well.

      Well, there is no button in the comments to push for "oh so lovely," so I will just write it and thank you for your prayers!

      I cherish you and all my friendships here, and I am so grateful to have met you via HP. You add a special something to the HP community by just being YOU!

      God bless. ((((HUGS, HUGS and more HUGS)))

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      faithreaper. Aaaahhh This is such a beautiful and heartfelt hub of love sister. Your momma is so precious indeed. God is amazing love He is our great physician. Praise the Lord girl. I am so happy for you and your momma. Home for Christmas. GOD is so GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!

      There are many wonderful hearts at the hubs. Debbie is so talented. I love her writing. I will need to check out Maria!! They are precious indeed. God is so awesome how He works though hp pages. May God continue to shine His face on you and Bless you and yours.

      Rejoicing with you faithreaper. I thank Jesus for His healing and meeting you too. Keep going girl. Phil 4:13

      Love, Skye

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Faith, i have tears in my eyes, a smile on my lips, and goosebumps just bout everywhere else!

      You have such a way of weaving even more magic into beauty, Faith - which is what this hub is - beautiful...if not miraculous..

      I adore maria AND deborah - feel very closely connected to both of them and am not surprised that either of them took special time to think of you and pray for your mom!

      Your mom is obviously one of those rare folks - those special few who...understand...hold no anger..and appreciate every moment! The picture of you and your family is absolutely precious - and that's where my eyes filled...

      You too, are so special, my friend - it radiates from every word you write - either in a hub or in a comment - your heart bursts through almost before your words!

      It has been a pleasure to get to know you - and i pray for your mom to see another christmas..

      in any case - god bless!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi lovedoctor,

      We will surely miss you, but understand completely dear one. Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

      Blessings and hugs your way and always.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper