May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

How lucky I am to have a kind, loving and creative mother. I am twice as lucky to have a wonderful, kind and loving Mother-in-law as well. Today I would like to honor my Mother-in-law Soula Lymbery. I wish her a Happy Mother's Day and happiness always. I also like to thank her for the kindness and love she has given to my family and I for almost 40 years. 

Soula Lymbery 16 years old

At the age of just 17 Soula got married and had my husband when she was 18. In 1954 her family migrated to New Zealand from her birth country, Greece. Her children were young and the journey to NZ took 7 days by air and ship. Not speaking a word of English she not only had to look after her young children, but she had to try to adjust to a new life in a foreign land. She was desperately home sick and missing her father and brother. In the days of not having easy access to telephone and mail, communication could take months. I cannot imagine how hard life must have been for her. Soula was strong and for the sake of the children's future she had to make it in her new life and new country. 

Make it she did. It's now more than 50 years since she moved to New Zealand. She is still living there and calls it home. I thank her for bringing her family to this part of the world where I've met and married my husband and started a family of our own. 

Soula has been kind to me ever since we met. She has never said one word to upset me. She is always there to give support. She's a mother of three, a grandmother of five and a great grandmother of three, two of them being my grandchildren. Soula and I are meant to connect and I'm glad and lucky. Thanks Mum, I love you.




15 comments:

Suedio said...

Nat, how wonderful for you to enjoy this special bond. Hope you have a great Mother's Day.

Regards, Sue

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

That's lovely Nat...a wonderful tribute to a very special lady...Happy Mother's Day to you...have a lovely lovely day..love Dzintra

deanna7trees said...

what beautiful words for a beautiful person. she sure does sound special. wishing you a grand mother's day.

Needled Mom said...

This is such a wonderful tribute to your MIL. I, too, was blessed with such a fabulous MIL. We both have been truly blessed in our lives with such wonderful examples from women we love.

woman with wings said...

Nat, it was lovely to read about both of these women in your life, your mother and your mother-in-law. I tell you, I don't know where those silly mother-in-law jokes ever got started -- my MIL was also wonderful and never anything but kind to me. I try to emulate her as I find myself a MIL. Happy Mother's Day to you. xo

Willow said...

What a beautiful and loving Mother-in-law she is. I also was lucky to have one, but for only a short time. Happy Mothers Day.

Terry said...

Wonderful Tribute
We both know how hard it was to be migrants in the 70's imagine post war with no English. Strong Women!
Have a good day

kaite said...

such a gentle face on a strong heart.

Lizzie said...

What a lovely story Nat and a beautiful woman too..
Happy Mothers day to you too..
Lizzie
xxx

Michele Pacey said...

You know, it's rare to hear someone write so lovingly about their mother-in-law. It's so nice to read her sweet story. Thanks for telling us about her.

Happy Mother's Day to you Nat!

ria vogelzang said...

What a lovely post you wrote about your Mother-in-law! It's great you and her having such a special bond. That's not always the case....
And what a great picture of her! I hope you will have a lot more years to enjoy eachother.
Hope you had a lovely Mothersday too?
Big hug, Ria.

Kathie said...

what a beautiful post, brought tears to my eyes.
Kathie

Kim said...

Beautiful. I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with my DMIL for Mother's Day she just turned 87!
Now that I am the mother in law to my son's wife I reflect on how my DMIL has taught me through her example to be a better daughter in law and mother in law...a great legacy to pass along.

Happy sewing Nat

Storycloth said...

Beautiful Nat. I feel the same about my mother-in-law. Lovely to see this special relationship written about here like this. Gilly

Kitiya Palaskas said...

Mum, you're so cute. I hope Nana reads this! She really is a special lady, and so are you! I love you! xoxo

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