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Thank You, Mama

Poem by Bette A. Stevens

Thank you dearest Mama
For the lane you’ve led me down
The light you shone before me
Still helps me traverse on
Climbing formidable summits
Or facing storming skies
I know that you’re still with me
Watching through the Father’s eyes
I can always feel the sunshine
As  your smile lights the way
Love truly unconditional
I’m thankful every day

Mama left us, bound for her heavenly home, in April of 2008.  Mama’s strength of character, poise and wit—and her unconditional love— live on within all those whose lives she touched.

Thank you, dearest Mama…



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Comments on: "Thank You Mama (Poem) by Bette A. Stevens" (77)

  1. Reblogged this on TheKingsKidChronicles and commented:
    A lovely poem for Mother’s Day from a great contemporary poet. Reblogged from https://4writersandreaders.com Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms who are dedicated to their children, and doing their best to raise them with honesty, integrity, and perhaps a little humor.

  2. Lovely and thanks for sharing. Love the PIC too.

  3. How blessed you were by her! So lovely!!!

  4. A beautiful poem in memory of your mother, Bette… still with you in so many ways ‘As your smile lights the way’. Her father has the most Swedish of names … was he born there and later moved to America? Your mother looks stunning, like a film star! Xx

    • Grandpa’s family moved to America in mid 1800s (Kansas); Grandma Anna Marie Gustufson Sjoberg Brandel Lindgren was sent to America (Kansas) to live with her father’s brother and sister-in-law in 1892 at age of seven. I should really get researching and write their story. IF ONLY I had a first-hand account; but the Lindgren’s didn’t even share their story with their 10 children who are no longer with us. I know bits and pieces, but know there is a great story to be told. ❤ Mama was beautiful indeed–inside and out! How lucky you and I are to have our wonderful Mamas. Blessings and love to you and yours, dear Annika! xoxoxo

      • Bette, you’re right … your family history is an epic saga in its own right. Imagine being only seven and sent away for away, so far away. The personal circumstances must have been so dire they saw this as the only hope of survival and future for the little girl. Between a quarter to a third of the population emigrated in a very short space of time owing to starvation and poverty. I must say your grandma has the most wonderful long name.

  5. Dear Bette, this is such a beautiful tribute to your mom! I lost my mom in April of 2016, and sometimes I still think of things I wish I could tell her. She taught me to crochet and I think of her every time I make something. 🙂 Blessings to you! xo

    • Thanks for sharing a bit of your story with me, Gayl. It reminds me of one of my favorite things I loved doing–Mama was a wonderful artist and a creative soul. We would draw paperdolls and design their clothing. Paperdolls were one of my favorites right into my early teen years. Eventually I took a sketching course at the University at age 48 and a whole new world of beauty was open to me. I have three of Mama’s paintings and have passed a few along to each of my daughters. ❤ Thanks for jogging those special memories… Wishing you a beautiful and blessed Mother's Day, dear friend. xo

  6. I think unconditional love is given short shrift. I’m very glad to see you honor it so in this lovely homage to your mother. How fortunate you were.

  7. What a beautiful poem! You must have had a really special relationship with your mom. The photograph is stunning.

    • Thanks for stopping by to meet Mama, Barbara. ❤ She continues to bless my life in so many ways–how I miss her–how grateful for the memories. Blessings to you and yours. xo

  8. This is so beautiful, Bette. My mom passed away 21 years ago and you captured the exquisite power of eternal love perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing this treasure. Blessings to you. XO

  9. This is so beautiful, Bette. Thank you for sharing this with us. Although my mother is still living, dementia is slowly stealing the mother I once knew.

    • Dearest Jill, my heart goes out to you with love and prayers… Dan’s mother suffered with dementia, so we know what you’re going through–it isn’t easy. ❤ xo

  10. What a sweet and beautiful poem for your mom, Bette. Thanks so much for sharing her picture and your love for her. ❤

  11. Your words for your mama are as exquisite as she is looking in the picture you have shared Bette. You seem to have enjoyed a long and lovely relationship with her. Stay blessed! Love and hugs.

  12. How wonderful Bette. A beautiful poem for your beautiful Mama. May she rest in peace.

  13. Bette, that was so beautiful. And the photos are simply lovely, too. Thank you so much for sharing. My mother went to her Heavenly home in 2012. My Dad had been there a long time before her (1975) and I often imagine them looking down on me. I always say what a reunion we’ll have when my time comes!

  14. Lovely tribute and glimpse of your family history.

  15. A very special tribute to your mother, Bette.

  16. utterly beautiful, Bette! Thank you!

  17. Oh Bette, what a beautiful way to honor your mother. How fortunate to have such lovely memories. Thank you for sharing them with us ❤️

  18. Oh what a fabulous picture, Bette! So often we don’t have pictures of our mothers when they were young and beautiful – but this one is absolutely stunning:)). Thank you for sharing and for your lovely poem.

  19. Your mother was movie star gorgeous, Bette. What a lovely tribute to her. I lost my mother in 2007 and still mourn the loss today. So hard to lose our moms. Good to keep their memory alive. ❤️

    • Thanks for stopping by to meet Mama, Molly. ❤ Fortunately I was blessed with a beautiful-inside-outside mothers and am thankful for her every day–but, oh how I miss her. Wishing you a beautiful and blessed Mother's Day! xo

  20. You have such a way with words & poetry Bette! Just lovely!
    I always enjoy our time together…a perfect poem for Mother’s day!

    Remember you’re always welcome to drop by for a cuppa anytime!

  21. What a heartfelt tribute to your mom, Bette. Thank you for sharing your precious photos too.

  22. Bette, what a heartfelt and beautiful tribute to your lovely mother this is! She was beautiful. Love and hugs. Have a happy Mother’s Day.

    • Thank you, Michelle. ❤ Sending lots of love and wishes for a Sensational Mother's Day! Hope your Hubby is on the mend and that you're feeling chipper… xo

      • Thank you, Bette. Yes, my hubby just has 3 more days of restrictions. He’s chompin’ at the bit to get back to his routine. xo

  23. A wonderful tribute, Bette.

  24. So lovely, Bette. I hope you won’t mind if I reblog this in a post!

  25. D.L Finn, Author said:

    Beautiful and moving tribute to your Mom, Bette. The pictures of her are lovely. She sounds like an amazing woman. What a perfect way to honor her for Mother’s day.

  26. Lovely poem and photograph, my mother loved paper dolls, she is 74. Enjoy you memories this Mother’s Day.

  27. I’m sorry , your…

  28. Such a beautiful tribute to your mother, Bette. ❤

  29. Lovely way to remember your mama both in word and photos!

  30. You had a beautiful mother. Your poem brought tears to my eyes.

  31. So very lovely, dear Bette! Your Mama smiles down on your talent! ♥

  32. Mama! A word that engulfs every grief of child. Superb writing

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