My mother passed away 39 years ago but I appreciate how she raised her 5 kids. We were a handful, but she got my sisters and I ready for church every Sunday in our cute little dresses and patent leather mary-janes and anklet socks and my brother in his jacket and tie. The values she instilled in us were a foundation for all our lives. As a teenager I thought my mother was very grouchy, but then I had 3 children and realized that my mother had 5 kids, 8 pregnancies, a baby who lived less than a month, several health issues and yet she still sought God and was even closer to Him in her last few years. My mother was a saint.
I enjoyed sitting around the kitchen table chatting with her in my late teens (not the early teens). There are times even now when I think “I want my Mommy”. Thank you Momma, Madeline Aynes Carr, you never gave up.