One Thousand Gifts (1-2)


If you visit Ann Voskamp at her blog, A Holy Experience, you will see she has written a book called One Thousand Gifts.  Her goal was to write down one thousand gifts from God and see what that would do -how it would change the shape of her life.
I’ve decided to give that a whirl. So, my first two gifts are my mother, Violet, (on the left) and my first sister-in-law’s mother, Helen. Violet died at age 66 in 1986, and Helen died at age 91 in 2010.
Neither of these women thought much of themselves, or their looks, or their talents, or their accomplishments.  Yet how beautiful they are to me.  Thank-you my darlings.  I love you.
(Photo of Violet and Helen circa 1970.)
1. Violet.
2. Helen.


  1. What a lovely tribute to two beautiful women, Maureen. I do think our Mother's generation was so modest of their worth. They lived in a much more conservative world where touting your accomplishments was considered poor taste. And maybe they didn't have high powered careers or live glamorous lives, but they were the kind, gentle souls that devoted their lives to others, who gave without thought, who never questioned their place in the world. And when you look back on your life, it isn't the day spent working that you think of, it is the apple pie at the modest kitchen table, the family gatherings, the laughter that you treasure. This generation of women knew the value in that. xx


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