‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ Mother’s Day

“A mother’s love how sweet the name!  What is a mother’s love?  A noble, pure, and tender flame extended from above.” ~ James Montgomery 

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying this wonderful time of year.  Today, a most special day, of honoring and showering our mothers with love and gratitude.  Letting them know how dear and special they are.  To stop for a moment and reflect on all they have given us, sacrificed for us,  and their monumental efforts to make our lives better and richer.  And most of all, to be grateful for their love and the path/paths they have helped us walk.

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” ~ Princess Diana


Mother's Day Shrine, Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church - Grafton, West Virginia Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, Grafton, West Virginia.

This lovely church, built in 1873, was the location of the first mother’s day service held in 1908.   It was established as the International Mother’s Day Shrine in 1962 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1992.

The International Mother's Day Shrine located in Grafton, West Virginia honors the memory of the founder of the holiday.

The Mother With Children statue by William Douglas Hopen, outside the International Mother's Day Shrine, at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia | Library of Congress

Mother's Day roots run deep in West Virginia | West Virginia | timeswv.com

“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary ~ it’s an act of infinite optimism.” ~ Gilda Radner

Carnations are the flower symbolizing mother’s day.  During the first mother’s day service, in 1908, Ms. Jarvis handed out hundreds of white carnations to those in attendance.  The carnation was her mother’s favorite flower.  White carnations are traditional flowers to give or wear in remembrance of a mother who is no longer living. With pink representing gratitude and love and red signifying admiration and adoration.  

Dear friends, know I wish all of you who are mothers, or those who have been or are currently mothering others, a happy and beautiful day.    

And . . .

May God bless you and guide you in all that you do.



“A mother’s love endures through all.” ~ Washington Irving







Images:  “Times West Virginian” and Pinterest







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Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life

I’m scooting in a day early here. I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day, Sandra. It’s so lovely to honour our moms. Your post is a beautiful tribute. I am so grateful for my own mother — I won’t be able to visit her tomorrow, but we’ve been in touch. I had the happy pleasure of making her a photo album of her Peace Rose which, you may recall, now lives at our house. She was delighted to have photos of the beautiful rose she received for her 80th birthday six years ago now. Wishing you a pleasant week… Read more »

bonnie morgan
4 months ago

A beautiful tribute to mothers. I enjoyed the history.I did not know about carnations being associated with Mother’s Day.
I want to do a post on my mother but I get very emotional and even after 38 years it is hard. So I quit.
But I have just decided I must do it.

Pam Richardson
4 months ago

Sandra, thank you for a beautiful post. I can remember as a child that mothers wore corsages to church on Mother’s Day. I was unaware about carnations and their Mother’s Day significance. I know you had a lovely mother and that you miss her. Wishing you a sweet day with Michael!

Penny Carlson
Penny Carlson
4 months ago

Have a lovely Mother’s Day Sandra.

Rita C at Panoply
4 months ago

Happy Mother’s Day, Sandra. I’m so glad you shared another piece of our wonderful WV history of this day’s beginnings! So many people do not realize it.

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
4 months ago

Sandra, such a beautiful Mother’s Day post. Thanks for sharing the history of this special day. I learned something,. I never knew about the white carnations. I know you loved your mother very much and that you must miss her very much. My dear friend, I wish you a happy and blessed week ahead.

4 months ago

A beautiful post honouring mothers, Sandra. I spoke to mine on the phone, sent a card, and my sister chose a basket of flowers as a gift from me. I hope to see her soon – it’s been a long time! I remember getting a carnation at church many years ago – the colour depended on whether your mother was alive or not. That went on for many years.

4 months ago

This is such a lovely post, Sandra — and I learned things I never knew! To the mothers, everywhere — past, present and yet to be!