Monday, October 3, 2011

Dedicated to Mom

As we all know, October has been designated as "Breast Cancer Awareness Month". My beloved mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50 and passed away from the disease on Palm Sunday, April 9, 1995 at the age of 58. With no family history of the disease, it just goes to show that ANYONE can be affected.

After seeing so many inspirational posts out in blogland, over the weekend, I decided that, this week, I would do a tablescape in honor of my dear mother. This table features a photo of her and some of her personal items that I love.



I started this setting with my own wedding china and crystal. Mom's advice to me: "Get a basic white pattern that is versatile. And don't pick out the most expensive china in the store. Remember to consider what others would like to spend." LOL! Guess what? Mom was right! Not only did I receive EVERYTHING on my registry, I received extras!!! My china pattern was 'Wedding Band', by Mikasa. The crystal is 'Bretagne' by Durand. The gold flatware was mom's.



Mom had a great collection of vintage demitasse cups; but, I chose these for this post:




This is my favorite photo of my mother from her first year as a school teacher. She taught 11th grade English and served as the school's librarian. If you notice, in the bottom right hand corner, this was signed to my Dad, while he was still her boyfriend. (smile)



A small collection of her brooches and pins.  I wear these occasionally:


Her pearls...I love wearing these...classic:


This was our family bible...I leave it open to her favorite passage, Proverbs 3:5-6...





Ladies, the clock is ticking. We MUST find a cure for this vile disease! Please support your local fundraisers for breast cancer research...our own lives depend on it!







Verse for today:
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  Proverbs 31:10

Linking to:
The Artsy Girl Connection
One Artsy Mama-Think Pink
Happy To Design-Sunday Favorites
The Tablescaper-Seasonal Sundays
How Sweet The Sound Pink Saturday
Diva Entertains-Breast Cancer Link Up
Home Is Where My Story Begins
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
2805: Potpourri Friday
At The Picket Fence Inspiration Friday
BNOTP-Tablescape Thursday
A Stroll Thru Life- Table Top Tuesday
PitterAndGlink Pinkerific Party

68 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your mother.
    Hugs, Barb

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  2. This is a beautiful tribute to your mom. She looks like a very lovely woman. I lost a dear friend to breast cancer in 1998. xo,

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  3. Shenita, first may I say how sorry I am that you have lost your Mom. I lost my Dad 8 years ago, and I miss him every. single. day!!! I am blessed to have my Mom, and we are very close. Your mother was so pretty. I see where you get your beauty! What an inspirational post. I loved it. And what wonderful advice she gave you regarding your dishes.
    I loved reading this.
    Have a great day!

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  4. Shenita, I am so sorry about the loss of your beloved mother. I lost my mom four months ago to cancer. I pray a cure comes soon.
    Setting the tablescape using her pearls, brooches, photo and her favorite bible verse is so touching. She was a beautiful lady and wise, too. She gave you good advice on the china. The white will go with anything you decide to do with a table setting.
    What a lovely tribute to your mom.
    hugs...

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  5. I first want to say how sorry I am to hear of your loss. I think this was a wonderful idea in doing a tribute to your mom. Everything looks so beautiful. Also, my women ministry has a page dedicated to those who have lost love ones to cancer. If you would like to add her name to the page, please contact us. http://sistersofhonor.org/#/breast-cancer-awareness/4531460935

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  6. What a beautiful and touching tribute to your Mom! I am so sorry that you lost her at such a young age for both of you....
    Early detection is the key so testing for any cancers when you think something may be wrong may save your life. I am an example of that. What I thought was a kidney stone , turned out to be a tiny tumor which they were able to laser out without removing my bladder or my kidney. I will be hitting my 5 years this year and am scheduled for my yearly scope in Nov.

    Hugs,Debbie

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  7. Shenita, may her memory be eternal. God Bless you for continuing to be such a first class mother, homemaker and wife.I love all your posts.

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  8. That is a beautiful tribute, very touching. So sorry for your loss- It is a nasty disease and ruins peoples lives. Let's hope they find better ways of detection and treatment.

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  9. Shenita, what a sweet and touching post dedicated to your beautiful Mom. I lost a Grandmother and Aunt to breast cancer. Cancer in all forms truly is a vile disease, I pray a cure is found soon.

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  10. Shenita,
    What beautiful-beautiful post and tribute to your sweet Mother. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I, too, lost my mother at age 58 due to cancer.

    Your tablescape is lovely and I love the Bible verse. I also love her dishes and jewelery, she had very good taste! See, it truly runs in the family.=)

    ((Hugs)) and Love, ~Liz

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  11. What a beautiful tribute to your mom. She was very pretty. I haven't lost anyone close to me from breast cancer but being a woman, I don't take it for granted. I've heard so many stories about how someone can get cancer and beat it and then it can come back somewhere else and become terminal. Cancer is a very scary thing and I wish ALL cancers would be cured! So many women will be remembered this month for their battle and their survival. I guess we should throw in a little pink with our orange and black this month!

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  12. This is so beautiful. I am your newest follower :)

    ~Tami

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  13. Oh, as soon as I saw the title of this post I knew it would be a tearful post. My heart is so heavy for you and the loss of your mother at such a young age. She was certainly a beautiful woman, just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this tribute to your mom. She's proud of you.

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  14. A beautiful tribute to honor a loving mother.Keeping her treasures near keeps her memory close and ever present.
    We will keep fighting till we beat this dreadful disease.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  15. Hi Shenita, my mother passed away about 8 years ago. She had lung cancer. I am sorry for your loss. I understand how you feel. Your tablescape is lovely and such a wonderful way to honor your mother. Thanks for visiting my blog, and for your sweet comments.

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  16. What a beautiful tribute to your mom, Shenita. She was a lovely lady. I lost my mom last April. I was blessed to have her in my life for 55 years but I miss her every single day. I wear her jewelry, too. It makes me feel closer to her.

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  17. Hi Shenita, Thank you for visiting me! What a wonderful tribute to your beautiful mother. I love that you remember so well the words she said to you. I lost my mother in 2001 (she survivied breast cancer but later died from leukemia). I miss her everyday. Only now do I realize how much I learned from her. I wear some of her jewelry and so does my daughter. I love your office! Elegant but functional! Thanks for following and I'm doing the same!

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

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  18. This was so beautiful, everything about it. We celebrated my mom's birthday Saturday, and she actually turned 58. But in 1996, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through a maestectomy, chemo, ect. all with a grace that came from God alone. I was 16 when I watched her go through this, and have a special place in my heart for the women and families affected by breast cancer. What a lovely tribute you have to your mom here! She seems as if she was a wise, classy woman. Blessings and comfort to you as you honor her memory. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Shenita, what a beautiful post to honor your mother. So sorry for your loss.

    Hugs,
    Rachel

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  20. Shenita, your mother was lovely & I am so sorry for your loss. I know how you feel as I lost my Mother in 2005 to heart disease. Let us strive for cures for both diseases. God Bless.

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  21. Shenita, thank you for visiting my blog today and your kind words. I LOVE the tribute to your mother. Absolutely beautiful and she would be proud. She seems like a woman who definitely KNEW and LIKED the finer things in life. She is smilin' at you :-).
    I'm a new follower. Looking forward to perusing through your beautiful blog.

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  22. Dear Shenita, What a lovely tribute to your Mom. I know how you feel. I lost my Daddy last year and there is not a day that goes by that I do not miss him. My heart goes out to you dear one. I pray that we will find a cure.

    Love and hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  23. Such a beautiful post and such a loving tribute to your precious mother. Your china and your crystal are both stunning and I love the picture of your mom. Such is gorgeous. Such a fashionable lady also with her beautiful pearls and broches. I so agree, we all need to support the cause and hopefully find a cure. Get those exams also. So important. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  24. Thanks for sweet comment on my blog! And I'm so sorry about your mom. I just saw in the paper a cookbook they're selling to raise funds for breast cancer and I'm going to buy it tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your wonderful post.

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  25. What a lovely way to remember your mother, I am sure she would be proud.
    I love that you shared her picture with us.
    What wonderful advice she gave you on how to pick out your china. I will have to pass that on to my daughter and share your wonderful story.

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  26. Thank you for stopping by my blog.Your mum must have been a very special lady and I can see that you loved her very much. You did a beautiful job on your special 'tablescape'. Sadly, I know 2 people who have bc at the moment. It is a nasty disease. God bless xx

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  27. The table setting, china you choose are so very pretty but even more this table has a wonderful Feeling. The love and the loss can be felt and understandable.
    This is a lovely tribute to your Mom and I know she is smiling.

    xoxoxo
    Sonny

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  28. Thank you for your sweet comments! Excited to be following and can't wait to see more!!

    Holly
    lifeasathrifter.blogspot.com

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  29. So sorry to hear of your loss. This is a beautiful tribute to your mother!

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  30. I am sorry to hear about you losing your mom. I'm sure she was looking down on you and smiling when saw that tablescape. How gorgeous and what a lovely tribute to her.

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  31. This is such a beautiful way to share with the world about your amazing mother. I am so sorry for your loss, but you seem like a very strong person who is extremely inspiring to the rest of us! I would love to follow your blog, you have a wonderful way of expressing yourself. Thank you!

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  32. What a touching tribute to your beautiful mom. I love the broaches! And the picture signed to your dad!

    Thanks for visiting and I'm now following back.

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  33. This is such a touching post! I'm so sorry to know about your loss. How lovingly you displayed her treasured pieces. She is a very very pretty lady and her smile is most precious.This is a wonderful and very loving tribute for your beloved mother.Blessings~Poppy

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  34. This is beautiful. Your mom's favorite verse is also one of my favorites. This tribute is touching. My grandmother also died of this vile disease (with no family history as well). I hope everyone is getting checked regularly!

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  35. What a gorgeous tribute-how touching! I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  36. Shenita I'm sorry to read this news. Your Mom was a beautiful lady and you created a lovely, heartfelt tibute. Thank you for sharing and bringing more awareness to this disease that affects so many. It makes me sad.

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  37. Hi lovely lady.
    This is a wonderful and very loving tribute for your Mother. She would be so happy you did this for her. All my Blessings~
    Diane

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  38. Shenita, thank you for following me at Katherines Corner I am so happy I found your blog too. I am truly sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful way to celebrate your Mother and to bring attention to a great cause. Big Hugs!

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  39. Shenita, this is just beautiful! What a touching, loving tribute to your mother! She was a beautiful lady, and I know she would be so pleased to see how much you treasure the things she left you. I especially love the fact that you leave the family Bible open to her favorite verse! I am a new follower, and I really appreciate you linking this to my Pinkerific Party! God bless!

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  40. This is such a lovely post. I am crying reading it! What a wonderful tribute to your mother. My sorority's philanthropy is Susan G. Komen (she was a Zeta Tau Alpha, too). I have read several touching stories like your mom's the past several days. I am enjoying your blog!

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  41. My sister is a breast cancer survivor so I am very familiar with how this horrific disease can affect so many people. Your tribute to your mom is so touching. Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower.

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  42. I am so sorry that you lost your mom at such an early age, but what a beautiful post!

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  43. Good morning, Shenita! What a beautiful tribute in your Mother's honor and memory. Just 58? That's just about my age. Way too young, especially from a disease that should have had a cure established years ago! Your Mom had a great sense of taste and style as evidenced by her choice of classic jewelry and advice on wedding china. I know you must miss her terribly.

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  44. What a lovely tribute to your Mother. She was beautiful and wise.

    Thanks for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday. You participation is appreciated!

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  45. I am so sorry to hear about your mother, but what a touching post and memory of your mom. She was beautiful! Of course I am following you and your lovely blog back! Have a great weekend! :) xo, Reannah

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  46. Your Mother was so pretty! A nice tribute..beautiful!

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  47. A lovely tribute for your Mom. She was a wise woman and sounds like her daughter is too. I understand your loss, my Mom died young from heart disease. A beautiful post......

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  48. What a beautiful post, and a lovely tribute. Thanks so much for sharing your tablescape with us!

    ~Char, DivaEntertains.com

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  49. Our moms went to heaven within a month of each other. It's hard to believe it's been 16 years and I still miss her but am grateful to our Lord that we will hug again someday. What a beautiful tribute! I'm certain she's very, very proud of you :)

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  50. What a beautiful way to honor your wise and gorgeous mother!!
    Happy pinky pink Saturday :)

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  51. How beautiful she was in body and spirit ... you have wonderful memories as well as lovely keepsakes to keep her with you. This is a lovely tribute to your mother.
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  52. Oh this is a very beautiful tribute to your mom. The photo with a signature is so sweet. And I love the verses. Thanks for sharing.

    Prayer Flower

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  53. Happy Pink Saturday, What a lovely tribute to your mother. She was a beautiful woman. Linda

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  54. Your mother would so proud that you shared her with us. A great tribute to her.

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  55. What a heartfelt tribute to your mother...she was beautiful.

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  56. Blessings to you and your Mom, what a lovely tribute to her memory. You have some beautiful mementos to keep her with you always.

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  57. What a beautfiul tribute to your beautiful mom. It such a horrible disease, and someday they will find a cure, we just have to believe in that. Thank you for sharing your mom and some of her treasures.
    Blessings
    Ellen

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  58. A beautiful tribute to your pretty mother!

    Praying for a cure!

    Katherine

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  59. A beautiful tribute to your mom and all women who have and have had this disease. You are so fortunate to be the keeper of her treasures, what comfort they must be to you. xo marlis

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  60. Such a beautiful tribute to your Mom. She sounds like a very special lady. May you hold those memories in your heart. Great to have you a part of Seasonl Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  61. Hi Shenita...

    What a beautiful tablescape and tribute to your dear mother, my friend! I'm so sorry that you lost your mother to breast cancer. It is truly a horrible disease and I do pray that they will soon find a cure. My grandmother had breast cancer as well. Your mother passed from this life way too young! The scripture in Proverbs are some of my favorite as well!

    Well dear friend, your "tribute to Mother" tablescape is simply gorgeous! I love your choice of china and crystal! Ohhh...and adding all the pretty pink boa's just takes this pretty table over the top! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week...this post definitely deserved a second showing!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari

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  62. God bless your beautiful mom and your entire family. :)

    A sweet, caring daughter you are to so thoughtfully create such a memorable tribute to her.

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  63. A lovely tablescape honouring your beautiful Mother.

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  64. Oh, I am so sorry that your mother lost her battle with breast cancer. I agree completely, we need to find a cure NOW! This is such a lovely tribute to her...in fact, it reminds me very much of how they celebrate 'el dia de los muertos' in Mexico, which I've always preferred to how we celebrate Halloween in America. It's so important and so special to take time to joyfully remember those loved ones and talk over those memories. I would be so honored if you'd share this post at my 'think pink' party.

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/10/welcome-to-week-6-of-falling-for-crafts.html

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  65. Hello Shanita,
    I was just taking time out to peruse all the wonderful tablescapes from BNOTP and clicked on yours because of the title for Breast cancer awareness this month.
    First I am so sorry to hear about your mom, I too lost my mother at age 49 from cancer and I know what its like to miss her every single day.
    I think your mother would be so proud of you for this lovely post and the women you are today...take comfort in knowing that.
    I loved how you used her vintage jewelry, it just makes it that much more personal, and what a beautiful women she was in that photo!
    Take care and God Bless!
    Terry

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  66. Your mom was sooo beautiful! Just like you. :-))

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  67. WOW, your story is SO touching Shenita. I love how you've held on to SO much in keeping her legacy alive in so much you do and around you always. SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL.. I love that passage, my mother actually read's it sometimes during devotional times around the house. Your tribute is so lovely and I am SO thankful to you for sharing it.. Thanks SO much Shenita.. You are always such a positive and amazing bloggy friend.. xoxoxo to you today.. ~Marilyn

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  68. Love it girl! Such a beautiful post to honor your mom!! Love all that bling!!
    Returning the follow! :)

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