You have shown me how to give of myself
You have shown me leadership
You have taught me to be strong
You have taught me the importance of family
You have demonstrated unconditional love
You have demonstrated a sensitivity to peoples' needs
You have handed down to me the important values in life
You have handed down to me the idea of achieving ones' goals
You have set an example throughout your life
of what an ideal mother and woman should be like
I am so proud of you
and I love you forever
Poem by Susan Polis Shutz
Mother Ellen Cecilia (Vallier) Finlayson
years ago Mom developed cancer of the larynx and she had to get her
Mom, you face so many challenges every day and it's this strengh and courage that I want to inherit from you.
Thank you for teaching me the strength and courage of the McValliers. :-)
future destiny of the child is
that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.
could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;
made a wonderful mother,
Mom and her friend Madeline
M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.
~Howard Johnson (c. 1915)
mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall
upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity;
Shortly after this picture was taken, Mom developed tuberculosis in one of her kidneys and she had to remain in a hospital for 9 months. It was a tough year for the family, but we made it and became stronger because of this.
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