Monday, May 15, 2017


Tidbits in honor of the best mom I have ever known.

Never saw her on a horse, she was too busy raising seven kids.  Never saw her shoot a gun, she had other defense mechanisms. Never saw her drive a tractor, bale hay, or feed stock. She was too busy driving kids, feeding kids (her own and a bunch more), visiting the infirm, healing the sick, and patching up kids & grownups alike. 

She was an RN, that could walk up to Doc and say this is the way we are going to do this and get it done right, and she did it all with grace.
She was a character, the good kind. Who else would take a thermos full of vodka on a day hike in the Yolla Bolly Wilderness, and say when asked why she didn't take any water. "There's water everywhere if you know where to look, vodka you have to pack in."
She was a classy lady, and could handle a formal dinner party as easily as a ranch BBQ.
She served her community in many many ways, most that people outside the family will never know about.
She was a good cook. We often laughed that every kid in the neighborhood knew that dinner was at 6 sharp, and if you were there on time all you had to do was get in line. 
She always knew when she was needed, whether it was for advise, an ear to listen, or a shoulder to cry on. 
She was fierce in defense of her own.

She taught me so much about love & life, grace and honor, and I will forever miss her... my mom-in-law.


  1. Obviously a lady full of life.

  2. There are people who are irreplaceable. She sounds like one of those people who made a positive difference everywhere she went. Oh, that we could all rise to that standard. RIP.

  3. Reading about her made me want to be a better person -- that's a powerful testament to her, and to your description of her.

  4. Amazing description filled with an abundance of love and respect.

  5. What a wonderful tribute to your Mother-in-law.

  6. My hat's off to her and you. A true light in the world.

  7. What a lady. She obviously earned your respect and love.

  8. I can appreciate this post because I had a Mother-in-Law just like yours.

  9. Thank you all for the kind comments. She was a special MOM!