Saturday, May 7, 2011


I'm always remembering my mom - how she worked so hard to keep the house looking nice - how she instilled in us kids the importance of honesty and respect for others. The greatest gift my mother gave to me was living the Christian life that she so wanted all her children to live. Mama lived to see all her children living for the Lord, except for my brother, who gave his heart to the Lord a year afte she passed away. God heard her daily prayers for our souls.

Martha O. Clayton
June 18, 1912 to December 31, 1992

I often think about the mother I have been to my two sons. If I think too long on the mistakes I made, I get depressed. I still think I feel inadequate as a mother, but the way my boys turned out as adult men, I have to say they are mighty resilient or I at least did a few things right. We are still very close and they continue to call me "Mama."

Jeremy Clay Woolsey
February 6, 1972

Ryan Thomas Woolsey
April 13, 1977

Then I think about the kind of parents these sons would be. Jeremy and his wife, Deena, have made the decision to remain childless. They do parent a wonderful 4-legged doggie, Lou. I believe they would both make good parents, but I respect their decision and love them so much.

Ryan has a 10 month old son, Evan. He shares parenting with his wife, Jenn, as they both have careers. Ryan is a more wonderful father than I could have ever imagined. Between Ryan and Jenn, little Evan is going to know he is loved and know how to love. It brings me joy to watch this new family as they experience the wonders of raising a child.

Ryan Thomas Woolsey &
Evan Thomas Woolsey

Mother's Day is quite important to me as I recall and experience the joys of motherhood. I miss my Mama, but she is waiting at the feet of Jesus. I vow to be the best mom I can be to my children and grandchildren. And I pray that my children will be awesome parents. Thank you Lord for your many blessings to me.

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Lynda said...

Beautiful post! You have had a mother to love, have been a daughter, then a mother yourself, and this year you get to be a GRANDmother for Mother's Day. My turn hasn't come for the last one yet but we are looking forward to it in a couple of years.

Scott said...

Really nice appreciate the motherly-ness as you describe your sons. Your heart for them is very evident. Wonderful picture of your own mom. happy Mother's Day!

Rebecca said...

Loved reading this post and visiting your blog!

Hope you have a Happy Mother's Day!

Annesphamily said...

Happy Mother's Day to you! I always enjoy reading your comments at my blog and I am so happy to meet your family. What a beautiful mama you had. Then the sons and grandson. What a divine life! I miss my mama too. We will see them in heaven some day! Anne

Anonymous said...

It sounds like your mother left a good strong Christian legacy for you and others in your family. I'm sure you will do the same.

God bless you Bobbi and have a wonderful Mother's Day :-)

Your Brother in Christ, Ron

KathyB. said...

I always appreciate your posts. Mother's Day has often been a day of sadness for me, my mother died while we were estranged and she left behind her a trail of devastation in so many lives and no one to mourn her except for the waste.I also have a son raising his 4 young daughters by himself ( people call him up and wish HIM a happy mothers' day )because his little girls have a mother who thinks so little of her children and more of her wants and desires.

After I became a mother I could not understand women who will seek to serve themselves at the expense of their own children, but it really all comes down to the sin of self.You are so blessed to have had a mother who knows Him and left such a legacy. Happy Mother's Day to you !

Esther Joy said...

Thanks for sharing what is going on "inside the shrink's" head! And thank you for visiting my blog. I am sure that as a counselor, you have helped many young mothers. May all the blessings you have poured on others come back to you on this mother's day!

Pamela said...

So beautiful. You have handsome sons. And that beautiful grandson -- is there anything more precious? I, too, try to be the best mom I can be then I have to trust God to fill in the places I fail.

Happy Mother's Day,

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy Mother's Day!

One of my happiest experinces is watching my son be a dad to his two young sons.

Thanks for leaving a commnent on my blog so I could find your interesting blog!

Charlotte said...

Your mother was beautiful. She was close to the age of mine. She was born in 1913. The letter shares a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing, Dr. Bobbi. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

Sr Crystal Mary said...

Hello Bobby, I haven't stopped by for ages..Have loved reading about your wonderful mum, and your sons and one little grandson Evan. Your mothers gift of love carries on. I know you have many cherished memories.God Bless you all. Crystal M x

Joey said...

Your Mama was just beautiful, and she raised a beautiful loving daughter.

I too miss my Mama, and I know she and Daddy are waiting for us.

God bless you, and your wonderful family.


Deborah said...

I love this have your momma's eyes.....I made the same vow.....God bless our children and our children's children.

Brian Ray Todd said...

Great post Bobbi. I hear from so many now that God and Christ missing from our families, our government, our society and our world is the root problem of the chaos that we are experiencing. Mothers teach your children, because they listen to you. thank you for allt hat you do doc "B".