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“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” Honore de Balzac

Hay House Presents Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank You Mom!
As I Look Back…
As I look back on my life
I find myself wondering…
Did I remember to thank you
for all that you have done for me?
For all of the times you were by my side
to help me celebrate my successes
and accept my defeats?
Or for teaching me the value of hard work,
good judgment, courage, and honesty?
I wonder if I’ve ever thanked you
for the simple things…
The laughter, smiles, and quiet times we’ve shared?
If I have forgotten to express my gratitude
For any of these things,
I am thanking you now…
and I am hoping that you’ve known all along,
how very much you are loved and appreciated.
Author Unknown

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  If you live in any of the top 20 nations listed on Save The Children’s Best Places In The World To Be A Mother, you’re ahead of the game. If you live in Finland, Sweden, Norway or other countries on the list, you know your children stand a greater chance of surviving childhood diseases. As much as we gather to celebrate this special day, share our love, our photos, and heartwarming stories of our moms, many moms and kids in our global community live in abysmal conditions.

In our global community, some moms go to bed hungry. Some moms give their children away or watch them die from treatable illnesses. Some moms and their children become casualties of war. Some moms, out of frustration or mental illness, become abusive to their kids. If one mom is unable to fulfill her basic dream of survival for her child, her loss is also ours.

All children deserve  love... BringBackOurGirls

All children deserve love… BringBackOurGirls

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that 200+ girls are missing; they were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria.  They won’t have a chance to express their love to their Moms until they are found. Please get involved and also send a prayer to their families. May our Thankful prayers and gratitude for our moms, reach beyond our homes, our hearts, and our dreams to fill the desires and prayers of Moms around the world.  More Below!

“The sweetest sounds to mortals given Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.” William Goldsmith Brown

Reflections: Happy Mother's Day

Reflections: Happy Mother’s Day

Maria and Eunice Shriver: The Gift My Mother Gave Me

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  Something my mom always encouraged us to do was to share. Kids can be very selfish over toys, treats and such, and we were not immune from moments of selfishness. My Mom was always looking for ways to show us that our privileges were not to be enjoyed alone, while others suffered. She routinely gave our toys and clothes away.

As much as it irked me, it taught me to be charitable with those who have less. I give what I can and even when things are tight, I give a little… Charitable giving is one way we can help others and, by extending our gifts, we indirectly help ourselves. P&G donated $1 to The Special Olympics every time we shared the video above last year.   Eunice Shriver was a huge part of the Special Olympics and this was a great way Maria and P&G chose to honor her memory. Please find a way to make this day truly global.  May we all be a blessing to others and be abundantly blessed.

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!

For More: Women’s Lives & Issues 

Positive Motivation Tip: Be a profound blessing to others by showing you care every day, not only on Mother’s Day.
Mirthful Tip: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos  – Tangy Cat and Angel from my Personal Collection, Clara’s Card via Wikipedia and/or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

42 Comments leave one →
  1. 11/05/2014 1:16 pm


  2. 11/05/2014 5:41 pm

    I didn’t want to, but had to send my sponsor child some money today. I’m sending her to beauty school and she lives in Cartagena, Colombia. I was feeling like I didn’t want to send money right now, until I read your post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 11/05/2014 6:30 pm

    Beautiful video of Maria and Eunice Shriver. It reminds me to give to my children things they can carry forever in their hearts.

  4. 11/05/2014 6:38 pm

    Great quotes. Especially~~“The sweetest sounds to mortals given Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.” William Goldsmith Brown./ Love the photos, too. Such an upbeat blog. Enjoyed my visit!

  5. Sweepstakes Hog permalink
    11/05/2014 7:28 pm

    Wow interesting post, Unfortunately I do not live in one of the top 10 countries anymore, Canada was in there for quite a long time.

    Thanks for sharing and happy mothers day to all moms.

  6. Birdiebee permalink
    11/05/2014 8:16 pm

    I love the saying: “A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” Honore de Balzac

    Everyone in our family also has an angel pictured above to remind us of our lost one, my daughter who is now an angel in heaven. We all miss her this Mother’s Day!

  7. 12/05/2014 7:12 am

    The poem made me a little teary, it is so sweet. This is a great Mother’s Day post. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  8. 13/05/2014 7:02 am

    Even from what you say here, your Mum sounds like a very enlightened lady, and I can see you have learnt much from her

  9. Louida (@MissLouMae) permalink
    13/05/2014 8:02 pm

    I hope you had a Happy Mother’s Day! What a great Mother’s Day poem.

    I hope those girls are safe and returned home soon.

  10. 13/05/2014 8:57 pm

    Lovely Mother’s Day compilation!

    My heart just sinks thinking about the kidnapped girls in Nigeria – the entire situation is extremely sad. I cannot imagine what they or their mothers/parents are going through.

    On another note, I am not even a cat person, but I really like the first photo in your post. I want to know what the cat is thinking.

    • 13/05/2014 10:38 pm

      Thank you! Yes, the situation is dire and I hope it all ends peacefully.
      I think our family was wondering if the Thank You angel was edible. 😆

  11. Elayna Fernandez (@thePositiveMOM_) permalink
    13/05/2014 11:36 pm

    Wow … so much emotion in one single post. The situation with Nigeria is so saddening. It is heartbreaking, indeed.

  12. 14/05/2014 12:25 am

    This is my first Mother’s Day. (Unofficially, since baby isn’t born yet. But I enjoyed the limelight last Sunday! Haha)

    Your mom sounds like a great mom! Most of the things we learn, we have to be honest, we learn it from them. Cheers to your mom! =D

  13. 14/05/2014 2:07 am

    Beautiful post! Happy Mother’s day to you!

  14. 14/05/2014 4:41 am

    That was a great Poem for Mothers everywhere.. Hope all you mothers had a happy mothers day!

  15. 14/05/2014 10:06 am

    I truly feel for those moms who had their daughters abducted. My heart hurts just thinking of what they are going through. It’s horrible!

  16. 14/05/2014 3:05 pm

    Great mothers day post. Love it!

  17. 14/05/2014 3:25 pm

    Wow sad but inspiriting stories. Thanks for sharing. My heart goes out to all the mothers whom have lost there children an children whom have lost their mothers.

    • 14/05/2014 7:31 pm

      TY Rebecca! I’m with you on this one… It’s easy to forget those who have nothing… Like my mother did, I remind myself to give back in any way I can.

  18. 14/05/2014 3:52 pm

    Loved this! Great poem and beautiful post!

  19. lisa galuna permalink
    14/05/2014 4:12 pm

    What A Great Tribute To Mother Out There Love The Poem Video All Beautifully Said Thank You For Sharing!

  20. Sharon permalink
    14/05/2014 4:25 pm

    I can’t even imagine how those mothers are feeling without their daughters. Reminds us of how bad it really is somewhere else

  21. 14/05/2014 5:23 pm

    What a great poem. I wish these women could enjoy their children the way many of use do. It just makes me want to hug my baby tighter.

  22. klg1982 permalink
    14/05/2014 8:28 pm

    We should ALL be fighting for those girls!

  23. franckxethee permalink
    14/05/2014 9:08 pm

    The poem is a nice tribute to all the moms out there.

  24. Kenneth Agudo permalink
    14/05/2014 9:37 pm

    Oooh. This is so sweet. I love the poem, it is filled with message and it conveys what you really feel. A great post for mothers day

  25. Liz Mays permalink
    14/05/2014 9:51 pm

    The kidnapped girls just break my heart. I can only imagine the pain their families are experiencing.

  26. 14/05/2014 10:18 pm

    What a really beautiful post. It definitely put a smile on my face : )

  27. 15/05/2014 7:49 am

    I can’t even imagine the fear in these mother’s hearts right now, it is just horrible!

  28. 15/05/2014 12:00 pm

    “The sweetest sounds to mortals given Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.” William Goldsmith Brown

    These are the most amazing words I ever read… Happy Mothers day 🙂

  29. 15/05/2014 5:11 pm

    I can’t imagine how it would feel to have your daughter kidnapped, it’s so sad!

  30. Rochies (@iHeartSpills) permalink
    15/05/2014 5:33 pm

    Wow! This is an inspiring post. I am always thankful for all the things my mom does for us.

  31. 16/05/2014 7:28 am

    Thanks for bringing to attention the plight of mother’s around the world. My thoughts and prayers are with the mother’s of the 200 kidnapped girls.

  32. 16/05/2014 9:21 am

    Lovely post. Hope you had a glorious day!

  33. 17/05/2014 12:33 am

    Hope you had a great day!


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