Another Mother’s Influence {Five Minute Friday}

I haven’t done a Five Minute Friday post in quite a while. I haven’t been ignoring it, I have enjoyed reading a number of posts but sitting down and putting words on a screen have escaped me in this area lately. This week’s word has me thinking though so here I sit in the morning quiet at my keyboard tapping something out.


Influence, what an important word. We all, no matter how unimportant it may seem, help to influence those around us. Who was my greatest influence? My natural choice is my mother, whom we sadly lost at the young age of 48. Before she passed, she taught me about the important things in life. To care for others and always think of those who are less fortunate than yourself.

Sadly, I lost another big influence in my life that year, my gramma. She taught me a lot of the practical things in life, how to sew and how to cook. How to bake and how to crochet. Although she had only gone to fourth grade in school and never had a lot, she was an amazing woman who managed to keep a home that was generous to others and always open to guests or those who might need a helping hand.

Thankfully, I have a wonderful group of friends who have helped fill in some of the gaps that losing my mother and gramma created. Wonderful women who are happy to support me when I’m feeling down or when I have questions about my kids, or more recently about homeschooling our grandson. Some of these are women I have known for years, others I have never met face-to-face, only through online groups, but both groups are positive influences in my life and I appreciate them.


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5 thoughts on “Another Mother’s Influence {Five Minute Friday}”

  1. Carol says:

    Our families are a place of influence–what a nice tribute to your mother and grandmother. We also have the family of God–other believers. Have a wonderful weekend. I am visiting from FMF.

  2. What a wonerful tribute to these people who played such a role in your life! Thank you for sharing this; as a dude who grew up with no positive influences, I do confess to being a wee bit jealous.

    #1 at FMF this week.

  3. TaMara says:

    I’m so sorry about losing your mother so young. Having also lost my mom many years ago, I completely understand the importance of finding other women to fill that gap of influence.

    Stopping by from FMF.

  4. This is really lovely – thanks for sharing these touching words about influential women in your life. Those we’ve loved and lost, like parents and grandparents, leave such a rich legacy: practical (like skills they’ve taught), spiritual, and emotional.

    I resonated with your point about not writing for FMF for a while, too; after being very regular over the last year or so, I had only participated a few times in the past few months. We’ll see how I do in 2019! Anyway, nice connecting with you here.

    Jeannie (#29 in linkup this week)

  5. I’m sorry that you lost your mother and grandmother so young, but what a wonderful legacy they left behind! As I read your post, it caused me to think of myself and my own children. I’m 50. What if I had died 2 years ago? I’m so glad God has given me more time, because I definitely do not believe I’ve taught them everything they need to know. Even so, perhaps someone else will do the influencing. But for now, I’ll follow Christ and show Him to my children every day that He gives me.

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