Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A VERY SPECIAL MOTHER!

By Judy Haughton-James


       As I approach my mom's birthday on September 1, I have decided to post again this special tribute with a few changes! I wrote it earlier this year for Mother's Day. I am blessed to have such a wonderful mother.


                     
PICTURES OF MOM WITH HER CHILDREN OVER THE YEARS!


BY JUDY HAUGHTON-JAMES


    From the early age of 13 years old I have only had one parent, my mother, Kathleen Naomi Haughton-James ( nee Lindo).  She became a widow on August 14, 1975, when my  father Harry collapsed and died of a heart attack while performing his duties as a Councillor in the St.Mary Parish Council on the tropical island of Jamaica.


    Since that fateful day I have been amazed at the strength that she has displayed when she encountered what I call the valleys on this journey called life. It is not that she did not display sadness for the loss of her husband when she was only 47 years old but managed to have the strength in holding it together and taking care of her family. It was a strength noticed not only by her family. I can never forget the words that someone said to her shortly after my father's death - "Mrs. James, there are so many beautiful things about you, but probably the most beautiful of them all, is your ability to take knocks."


     The person who said this died some years ago, but little did he know that come October 16, 2008 mom would have suffered yet another blow, that of the death of her youngest child and my identical twin sister Janine.  Again she showed all the signs of loss and it was more difficult then as she was now a lady in her 80s.  However again she held it together and was a tower of strength for me. I keep saying to her "God certainly knew how important it was for you to have been around when Janine died." We have been through our trials together and her strength has helped to pilot me through my darkest hour.


     Of utmost importance is her strong Christian faith which has never faltered despite the circumstances that she has encountered. This has been such a good example for me who in turn leaned on this faith to carry me through the most challenging period of my life. I am truly blessed to have her as my mother.  Every day I give God thanks for giving me such a special mother.







26 comments:

Tracy said...

What a nice tribute for your mother. Some women have amazing strength. Another is my mother-in-law, who suddenly lost her husband of 40 years to a massive heart attack. Another is my own mother, who is helping her husband battle stage iv throat cancer. These women are inspirations to not only their children, but everyone around them. Thank you for visiting www.mama-press.com. I'm your newest follower from Chicago.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Tracy,
Thank you so much for your comments and becoming a Follower. There are indeed some amazing mothers out there. They inspire their children to be strong and face challenging times. I see that you have experienced this with your own mother and mother-in-law. May God continue to give them strength. Take care and have a good day.
Judy

Frugal in WV said...

Lovely post about your mother. I think women are stronger than most people realize. Great post about your mom :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Frugal in WV! You are so right, women are indeed stronger than most people realize!

elenareviews said...

Such a memorable photo! Great post.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much elenareviews. Take care.

Clairejustine said...

Lovely post about your mother she has had to be so strong,take care and thank you for your comments on my blog :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Clairejustine! I look forward to participating in your Wednesday Blog Hop.Take care.

Katie said...

This is very beautifully written, Judy. My mom is an identical twin. I know she would be lost without her. I can't imagine how it's been for you. Sending a hug your way.

xoxo
Katie

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Katie,
Thanks so much for visiting my Blog and writing your kind comments. I note that your mom is one of identical twins! Please tell her and her twin that I send greetings from Jamaica.
Judy

Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike said...

Great tribute to your mother who has suffered so much loss.

My mother is a twin and I have twin sisters so I know that I will find your blog interesting.

I am following you back from the Tuesday Get Connected blog hop.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike. Wow! Your mom is a twin and you have twin sisters!Wonderful! Take care.

Itin said...

Hi Judy. I admire your mom for being strong despite the adversities she struggled with. She raised you all by herself. What an experience. The photo somehow gave me goosebumps. I remember my mom who's now working abroad for 5 years and went home once. I hate it at first that she left us but then I realized it was never easy for her part. She was alone there and have to take risks sometimes.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Itin,
Thanks for your comments. I understand what you say about your experience. I hope you will see your mom again in the near future. Take care.
Judy

Victoria's Voice said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother!

I wanted to say thank you for participating in the get wired blog hop and for you kind comments. I am following you back.

Have a great day!

Vickie
http://victoriasvoice44.blogspot.com

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Vickie. It was great participating in the Blog Hop. Take care and have a good day.

Camilleta said...

Beautiful! I hope I can write something as nice for my mother this year. Last year I just gave her the lyrics to a lullaby she sang me when I was a baby and told her that I sing it now to my daughter.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you so much Camilleta! Singing a lullaby is also a wonderful way to show your love. My best wishes to you and your family.

Carolee Sperry said...

That is beautiful!

I'm visiting from Reflections "Get Connected Tuesday"

Have a fantastic day!

Carolee
Come on home - mom blog
Working at home advice

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Carolee,
Thank you very much for your comments. I will definitely check your Blogs and become a Follower also. Take care,
Judy

Nicole Mariana said...

Your blog is so cute! I'm following you! Please follow me back at: www.romanianprincess.com

XoXo Romanian Princess

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks for your comments Nicole! I am heading over to your Blog and will definitely become a Follower. Take care.
Judy

Melanie said...

What a wonderful tribute :) Thanks for stopping by, I'm now your newest follower :) I love inspriational tributes like this, !

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Melanie,
Thank you so much. Take care.
Judy

Rebecca Nalley said...

Stopping by from the life of a not so ordinary wife's GFC blog hop. Sounds like you have an amazing mother! Loved reading this!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you so much Rebecca! My mom has been such a strong woman. She has certainly faced some difficult times. Tomorrow is her birthday. Take care and enjoy your weekend.

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