Last night was one of those nights I will always remember and treasure. I watched my 90 year old grandmother, who raised 10 children, perform every piece of music she has written (I live-streamed it, too). She is not only a musician but also a poet and all of her songs have words. She wrote one piece called 'Mother Mine' in honor of her mother who died 55 years ago. I had never truly studied the words until last night and thought I would share them here. They mean so much to me as I have lately been thinking about the legacy I want to leave with my children (probably due to reading Little Women and weeping over all of Marmee's words). I only pray my little ones remember my faith, my deeds, my constant love, as my grandmother recounts here of her mother. I am spurred on today to be a fiercely faithful and present mother, as those before me have done. 'Mother Mine'
Mother dear, you're always near
Though we are far apart
But my dear Mother dear, you're always near to guide my stumbling heart.
You gave me life, showed me God, taught me how to live.
Now you still guide my life, guard my God, lead me in my search
To win heaven's grace, I'll see your face there mother, dear!
Mother, you help me, Mother, you help me,
Ever when I need you. You are close by me,
You are beside me, your love is constant, true.
Mother mine, your faith divine is all you left to me.
But my dear mother mine, your deeds still shine, and show me how to see...
The Dutiful, Beautiful, You so fully knew.
My life is Peaceable, Increaseable, Releasable to God.
I seek a star to where you are,
Dear mother mine, dear mother mine!