Mother's Day Swap!
I participated in my first swap for Mother's Day and I'm so glad I did. How else would I have gotten to know such a wonderful person, Cecilia Mary Steblay-Koeman! She is Anne's Mom from the blog PHAMILYBLOG and my swap partner.
Anne sent me a bio of her Mom and this is what I learned. Cecilia was born in 1914 and had a rough beginning losing her Dad & older brother in a mining accident in February 1927. She the lived with her Mother and several sisters until grown. On Saturday's when her grandfather was off he would turn on the radio and dance with his granddaughters. Cecilia loved to dance and became a terrific polka dancer. Anne sent me this prayer card of St. Cecilia the saint for whom her Mother was named.
Cecelia was a great bowler and did everything left handed except write. She was a very good cook and of Slovenian heritage and Anne sent me several recipes that look so yummy!
Cecelia was also a gardener and I received a packet of seeds Four O'Clocks
They look like lovely flowers and I can't wait to plant them! She also sent me chamomile tea as her mother grew her own flowers and made tea from them. She included some wonder Colorado honey sticks.
And this sweet little book about Tea Parties! Can't wait to read this.
She also sent some French Vanilla coffee one of her Mother's favorites and mine also.
Cecilia left a trail of tissue wherever she went and so this adorable little mini kleenex holder and matching tea cozie that holds two tea bags was sent to me. How wonderful to tuck into my purse! Also a grocery list, notes and some decks of cards as Celeilia loved to play solitaire with her Sister Ang. They would sit across the table from each playing their own game of solitaire and sipping coffee and talking. I loved this and can just see them in my minds eye!
There were so many little goodies, coffee magnets, sticky notes,
little frames, hand lotion and a candy bar Cecilia's favorite Rocky Road....I must admit that is gone... yum!
Sadly Anne's Mother has passed away which made this wonderful swap even more significant as a way to honor a lovely woman. I had a wonderful time getting to know Cecelia and also more about Anne. Her Mom raised a wonderful woman and I am so happy to call her my friend. I'll close with one thing Cecelia always told her children.. "Whoever told you life was easy lied to you! Life is hard! Pray Harder!!"
So Cecelia I'm going to have a bite to eat and a cold beer (your favorite drink) and hope I live to be 87 years young like you did!
Thanks Anne for sharing your wonderful Mother with me.
Oh, and Happy Mother's Day to my Mom!! You can read about her at Anne's blog here.
Happy Mother's Day to all!