Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Mother's Heart.......Poem

A picture of me at 14 with my two nieces and my mom, Margie at age 49.

A picture of my mom shortly before her death at age 71.

A picture of my husband's mom, Edith with her 7 children...she was a mother to me for 32 years and we became so very close.

A picture of my sister Judy at age 14. She was 8 years older than me and she mothered me all of my life until her death two years ago. I loved her so much.

I did this post a few days ago but today in memory of my Mother I am linking it up to Wednesday's Lazy Walk ...down memory lane. You see today is the anniversary of my mother's home-going. She has been gone for 24 years...and yet I remember her everyday. She was a wonderful mother to me and I loved her very much. She had a loving..."Mother's Heart", and she taught me how to be a mother by her example.

I love you Mom...and I will see you again when I get to heaven! I will love introducing you to your Grandsons-in-law..and all of your great-grandchildren that you never met...when they join us there one day. Some of those great-grandchildren have gone on before us, and you already know them, and you are loving them for us until we can join you all there and spend eternity with Jesus together!

Lazy Wednesday's Walk

A Mother’s Heart

A mother’s heart is tender, and a mother’s heart is kind
Always caring for her children…as they’re always on her mind

She may find it hard to discipline when they give her… that sad look
But a mother does it anyway if she’s living by The Book

She wants to give them everything, but knows that she just can’t
No matter if they beg, or cry, or continually rant

She seems to know what’s good for them… and also what is not
She cares for them continually and loves them all a lot

She’ll sacrifice things for her kids… and that comes naturally
Her needs are gladly laid aside… so all their needs won’t be

She hears their cries during the night and swiftly goes to them
And when they’re sick she is a nurse and softly sings a hymn

Calling on her Lord above she asks Him for His care
And with a heart so full of love she lays her children there

There before the Father she places her dear child
And asks Him for His healing touch so gentle and so mild

The Lord made her a mother and gave her a loving heart
And that is so apparent from the moment her love starts

The mother’s heart starts loving…with that baby’s first heartbeat
And it grows deeper each second as they sit there at her feet

As she sees them from the window when they are hard at play
A mother’s heart keeps praying for that child throughout the day

And when that child is older…and goes out there on his own
A mother’s heart keeps praying even when that child is grown

Even when that child gets married…and has children of his own
That mother’s heart goes daily to put their needs before His throne

A mother’s heart is happy and it is full of joy
She would gladly lay her life down for that precious girl or boy

She is like the loving shepherd gathering sheep into the fold
I thank God for a mother’s heart…it’s a wonder to behold

Written by Linda Hogeland
December 2010


Karin said...

Very well done - so special!

Brandon and Kari + 1 said...

I love it...going to pass that along definitely :)

Rebecca said...


This is precious...WAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

What is it with blogging today? I've done more cryin' than readin'. :)

Beautiful sweet friend. Just beautiful.

Love to you~


4 Blessings said...

This is so beautiful as is your heart. Thank you for always being such a wonderful encourager. Your friendship means so much to me.

I love all the photos!

Lynnette Kraft said...

I'm just getting caught up on your blog. Haven't had time lately to read - a lot going on.

This is beautiful... and all so true. I'm so blessed to be a momma and have such a wonderful momma who left me such a good example on how to love and nurture. You are wonderful.

Love you so much.

croleyc69 said...

I totally love this. I love you too.


Holly said...

i love this poem!!

Jenilee said...

I loved this post! I can't imagine the day whem my mom isn't here with me. What a wonderful way for you to remember your mom today!

and, thanks for going by and commenting on the other links in Wed Walk. Not many people do and I'm glad that you are there to say hello!! :)

Rebecca said...

Oh...I needed to read this again...beautiful once more.

Now girly...I'm weird but I don't like chocolate. :( Bah! I like a tiny bit of it with LOTS and LOTS of Vanilla. That said...I make the Brittle on my Post today without nuts and without chocolate all the time. MY FAV!


gabe said...

thanks for stopping by. . .

I love your post! The poem is wonderful and I especially love all the wonderful pictures of you and your grands! I wish I had more photos with my Grandma!

Janet Rose said...

Beautiful post! You are a great encouragement to me. Thank God for your willingness to share with others the way you do.

Ashley DeLen said...


Your poem was wonderful and all of the pictures that went with it were wonderful as well. :O)

I hope you don't get too much sluch this weekend :O) AND

YES I LOVED playing dress up when i was a little girl and I still do!! Very very much!!!

Have a wonderful day...

Deanna said...

Dearest Linda, What a wonderful post!
Love the whole thang.

You have got to be one heck of a grandma and mom your self!!!

So nice of you to share your writings and poems with us. Tis wonderful to read.

You have a awesome family,

Kristin said...

Your Mother sounds like such a precious lady.....just like you! It amazes me how much you and Lynnette look like each other too! I really loved this poem. Mothers are so special and God gave you the gift of being loving and motherly to all of us girls out here in blogland. That is a priceless treasure that I always thank Him for!

Diana said...

Beautiful words, Linda! I feel every bit of them. Isn't it wonderful to have a mother's heart! Amen!

I, too, can't wait to see my mama in Heaven someday... I have missed her these past almost 40 years.

And I'm so blessed to have a lovely and sweet stepmom to love for the last 25 years and going.

Thank you for blessing us with your poetry and family photos once again! ♥

Peggy Arteberry said...

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Hope to see you again soon!

I love your family pictures...... there's no place like home!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Beautiful pictures! Beautiful poem, beautiful post! Thanks for sharing about your mother!

Peggy Arteberry said...

Linda, please DO take that sunset picture. I found it online somewhere..... I love to just go looking for pictres for blogs. Hugs

Dianne said...

Ahhhh, Linda, how much I loved this.
You know something? I can see "your mother's heart" shining through your own face! Your mom must be so proud.

Verna said...

How lovely! Makes me remember my mother.

Especially since my husband's mother is about to enter glory land.
This is so precious!
Love you.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures Linda! I feel for your longing for your Mama...Yesturday was my Mama's BD, she has been gone got five years!

I loved looking at your families have a beautiful family!

Thanks for stopping by my blog...I wish I could make a living at photography! that would be awesome for sure!

Be blessed Shi~

Good to be a Queen said...

This post is beyond beautiful....I was raised buy a bi-polar Mother, never knowing what mood she was going to be in..This made me think of my Grandmother who was a great and Godly woman she died when I was 12..I miss her most at Christmas........And Yes mam, I was that stinker that took a bite out of the candy and never told anyone....

Good to be a Queen said...

This post is beyond beautiful....I was raised buy a bi-polar Mother, never knowing what mood she was going to be in..This made me think of my Grandmother who was a great and Godly woman she died when I was 12..I miss her most at Christmas........And Yes mam, I was that stinker that took a bite out of the candy and never told anyone....

Rebecca said...


The Movie "It's a Wonderful Life" is precious. The story behind the story is truly what it's all about. George Baily is the main character and it's all about what happens to him after money comes up missing in a small family business and the fear and scandal that can possibly bring. He's so disappointed in how he views his life and so he's given a chance to see what his life would have been like (and those around him) had he never been born.

I personally love it. There is humor and love and even faith. You'll especially LOVE the ending!

Have a lovely day sweet friend. I read the poem again for your lovely. You look like her~