Saturday, May 1, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM

May 2, 1926 my mother was born. She was the 6th child in a family of 7 children.  There were 5 girls and 2 boys.  All but 2 are now gone.  My mother’s father immigrated from Ukraine because of religious persecution.  My mother’s mother was from Beatrice, Nebraska.  They were of the Mennonite faith.

100_1329 This is a picture of my mother shortly after my dad died.  She and my dad married, March 26, 1944 and she said 2 days later they had a very bad blizzard

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This is their wedding picture.  They lived on the farm all of their married lives.  My mom never worked in the field but always made sure there was food taken to the field for the noon meal and then later in the afternoon.  In the evening, around 9 p.m. the hired help and my dad would come in and Mom would always have something for them to eat.  She is a great cook.

My mother always made everything that my sister and I wore, from our coats and caps to our dresses, slacks, whatever it was, she made it.  She use to make draperies for other ladies in the area where we lived.

I remember my mom taking us on vacations to California to see her parents.  They moved there before my mom and dad were married.  We always had a good time there.  We would drive through the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona and it was so hot.  When my sister was only 6 months old, we took the train from Oklahoma to California.  I don’t remember much about it, but I do remember that I was glad to get off of it.  My dad didn’t go with  us because he stayed at home and farmed.  A farmers work is never done.

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Since my dad was a farmer, he was always looking for better ways to farm the land.  Here he and my mom are receiving an award for something that he did on the land.  This was in the late 1950’s, can’t you tell.  We always had a big garden and canned or froze everything we grew.  We had enough to last us all year long.  We also butchered our own chickens, cattle and hogs for our meat.  We were very self-sufficient and we always made our own bread too.  Every Saturday my mom would bake bread and pies and cakes.  She made a German bread every Saturday called “Zwiebach”.  With a last  name like Schmidt, you couldn’t help but make good German food.

This is my mom today.  I wish there were more pictures of her growing up but sadly there aren’t.Thanksgiving, Bessie, & Corn, OK 069

She wears hearing aids because her hearing was damaged while working in a factory.  Farmers don’t make much money so she had to go to work and help support our family.  Both my sister and I went through school and received good educations thanks to my mom and dad. 

Thanks Mom for all you did for our family and raising my sister and myself.  You did a good job.   You have 2 daughters, 3 granddaughters and 5 great grandchildren.  You have done well.

Happy Birthday and May You Have Many More!!!

Thanks for sharing my mother’s birthday with me.

Blessings everyone ♥♥♥

9 comments:

Janet - underthewillow said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom Maxine!....what a sweet daughter you are to post tribute to her life....my Mom too was born in 1926 and she married my Dad in 1944 also!....both my parents are gone now but I think of them every single day!

I hope your Mom's day was grand!
Janet

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Oh, what a beautiful post, Maxine....Happy Birthday wishes to your mom!!! :)
She is a gorgeous lady, inside and out!!

american girl primitives said...

My mother was also born in 1926 in May. Sadly, she is isn't with us anymore but I think of her everytime May rolls around. Thanks for sharing her story in your post.

Carey

Andy said...

Thank you for sharing your Mother's Birthday with us - she is a beautiful lady! Hope you both had a wonderful time celebrating her birthday!

Mary said...

Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman. I'm sure she is thrilled that you have remembered her birthday in this way. I hope you are having a good day. Blessings...Mary

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Chiming in a little late, but I hope your Mom ahd a great birthday!
She sounds like a wonderful woman.
Your love for her shines through in your post.
Enjoy the rest of your week!

Nezzy said...

What a beautiful tribute for your Mama's birthday. Happy, happy (late) birthday to your beautiful mama.

Ya'll have a wonderful Mother's Day filled with warm sunny blessings!!!

the primitive country bug said...

Happy Birthday to your mom! What wonderful memories of growing up. Your mom sounds like the perfect farmers wife and mother. God bless her heart!
Hugs & blessings to you both~ Birgit

Ninny said...

Hi Maxine! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I came by for a visit and enjoyed your post so much. My mother was from California, too, and we made the trek on Route 66 across the deserts of New Mexico, Arizona, and Death Valley in Calif. lots of times. I'm very familiar with Mennonites and Amish, having lived in the Chouteau area for several years. They are wonderful people, hard workers. See ya around...I'm following your blog now!

Liz (aka Ninny, because that's what the grandbabies call me)