Happy Mother's Day, Memories

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© Andrea Petersen
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...Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee...Jeremiah 31: 3

This is a scanned portrait I shot with my FE2 Nikon film camera of my beloved late mother in 1996...She was 86 at the time....My late folk's had come to visit us for a few days that summer and while my husband and father were watching TV downstairs, I decided to do some portraits of Mom, applying makeup, fixing her hair, etc...We don't have a whole lot of space for floodlights or camera equipment upstairs in the guest bedroom but I set them up anyway with a cranberry Velcro cloth background..set the camera on tripod.and proceeded to do some portraits of my beautiful mother who was more than willing to let me experiment on her. I chose this as my favorite as I liked the natural expression and the serenity I saw and captured on her face.

I am enclosing a poem that Mom composed several years ago...She passed away October, 26, 2011 but I feel blessed to have these memories preserved of this talented and loving woman, my mother...

~Memories~

In my childhood days so many years ago,
There are memories that should cause my life to glow.
For 'twas at my mother's knees I learned to pray,
There she guided me along my pilgrim way.
In our youth we sometimes wander far away,
How we need the prayers of loved ones every day.
Guide our youth dear Lord, lest they should surely fall;
And thus fail to heed your loving, pleading call.

Oft we think of all the friendships--those who cared;
All the joys, the triumphs, trials we have shared.
E'en through heart-breaks that would truly crush the soul,
Our Savior's with us and he will make us whole.
Memories, how they fill my heart and fill my soul!
How they linger though the years do onward roll.
Oft I long to be with loved ones as of yore;
But we'll meet again in Heaven forevermore..

© Poetry by Helen L. Aspseter

24 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (13 May 2012):

    Wonderful portrait and accompanying poetry!!

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (13 May 2012):

    Great tribute agree with Donald

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (13 May 2012):

    A lovely, distinguished lady. The apple does not fall far from the tree . . .

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (13 May 2012):

    lovely lady!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (13 May 2012):

    fantastic portrait of your Mom, Andrea! she must have been so pleased with this.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (13 May 2012):

    Andrea, love this Tribute e poetry !!!!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (13 May 2012):

    A very beautiful portrait of your mother.. she was such a lovely lady.. love the poem, too!!

  • Deb Exteen

    Deb Exteen (Deleted) gave props (13 May 2012):

    Lovely photo of a lovely woman.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (13 May 2012):

    A blessing for all to read and see

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray said (13 May 2012):

    A wonderful tribute dear Andrea, Bravo!!!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (13 May 2012):

    Wonderful tribute, Andrea !

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (13 May 2012):

    Great tribute to your Mom

  • Sunil Chummar

    Sunil Chummar said (13 May 2012):

    "A Tribute to the great Soul" .......well done....

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (14 May 2012):

    Superb tribute.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (14 May 2012):

    A fabulous portrait of your dear and beloved mother, Andrea. You really did a professional job with this photo!! I'm sure your mother would be proud!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (14 May 2012):

    Wonderful portrait!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (14 May 2012):

    What a beautiful picture. RIP

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (14 May 2012):

    What a beautiful portrait of your mother at age 86!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 May 2012):

    Wonderful tribute.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (15 May 2012):

    A really wonderful portrait, what a beautiful lady she was, may she rest in peace..

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 May 2012):

    This is a beautiful portrait and tribute to your mother. I know you really miss her. Hugs.

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (18 May 2012):

    everything about this is stunnng !!!!!!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (19 May 2012):

    Hard to believe your mother was 86 when you captured this beautiful portrait of her. She looks so much younger. Wonderful tribute and moving poem. Thnaks so much for sharing, my friend.

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (22 May 2012):

    An iconic mother portrait. Her tenderness is radiant. Makes me miss my mother as well.

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