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Sandpoint, Idaho, United States
I've been married to Chet for 26 years...we have two children together and Chet came into our marriage with two children! (all together, we have 2 girls and 2 boys!) 31, 29, 23 and 21 years old. Yikes! I can't believe I am old enough to have kids those ages! I was born in Louisiana where my Grandparents were cotton sharecroppers and I'm very proud of my cajun heritage. The photo above is my mother, Georgiana Smith Linde at 8 years old. She passed away when I was very young, but she carries on in my heart forever... My hubby supports my endless rabbit trails of creativity and he gets extra "points" for that! Thank you for visiting my swirly glittered- up world filled with paint, glass & ribbon...share the love...leave a comment! Email me! I'd love to hear from you! sharifrench@gmail.com
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything You gave me' - Erma Bombeck

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

As my readers know..I am from the South - Louisiana to be exact. I was born in Ville Platte, which is tiny town smack in the middle of cajun country. My mother, Georgiana, was also born there. My father was stationed in the area with the US Army and my parents met at a local dance and later married. I've been told that it was love at first sight...and since it makes a sweet story, I'm sticking with it.
I remember glimpses of my childhood before the age of 3...watching my mother hang clothes on the clothesline and picking blackberries behind our house. My most vivid memory is waking in the night, frightened and crying for my mum - and being told by our babysitter that she was in the hospital having my sister - her third child. At that moment, my life changed forever - Georgiana died in childbirth, along with Donna Rae, my little sister. My father was never the same after that, and we were raised by my mother's parents in Ville Platte. Even with such loss, my childhood was very happy on my grandparents small farm with lots of cousins and aunts and uncles ready to take on the task of comforting a 5 year boy and a 3 year old girl who had just lost their mother and basically, their father. Alot more details between that chapter and today, but I guess I just want to take this moment to send sweet dreams to my Mum and Donna and Daddy in Heaven. I have the gift of imagining that she is the perfect Mother and for that I am grateful. I have the gift of seeing my Mother's light in the face of my own daughter. I have the gift of God's blessing that He has given me strong women in my life who made sure I had a lifeline and a safety net. Mum, I miss you terribly. All these years later, there is still a missing piece of my heart. Of what could have been. But then....with tears in my eyes, I think of my bonus Moms...Aunt Rowena,Aunt Olivia, Aunt Ramona, Sande, Marilyn and Nita, Joanne. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. And to Kelsey,Tanner, Travis and Jamelyn -I love you all infinity and beyond. xxoomum


Funky Junk Antique Show said...

Happy belated Mother's Day to you girl=)!!!

Mermaids of the Lake said...

Oh, my gosh... Sheri. That was sweet. Happy late Mother's Day to you!

Mermaid Debbie

Trishia said...

Wow, Shari, I'm not even sure what to say -- your story really touched me. I admire folks like you, your strength and ability to focus on the positive.