As the day to honor all Mothers is here I think of and honor my own mother who, I am sad to say is no longer with us. So, I will sing just a few of her many praises as I join others in honoring their Mothers on this day.
The day she passed, I lost my greatest champion, my greatest encourager and a large part of my heart. I always think of her ever presence along with my father in that great cloud of witnesses cheering me and our family on, through all the trials and joys we walk through.
|Maria del Carmen Matos-Trujillo Valuja|
Her quiet strength, perseverance and grace was ever so evident throughout her life. Wisdom and grace, always...
Early on I learned that all things in life do not have to be said or proved. The importance of having grace for others since we never really know their circumstances... and to always let those you love know your heart.
My Mom lived through her heart and her graciousness and love for others always came through as she always gave to others even out of her own need.
I know that my deep love for family and family history came from her and my Dad.
See, both of my parents came from Cuba to this country, separately from one another. They met in this country through mutual friends, who would later become my aunts and uncles. Throughout my life they always shared family stories about their lives in Cuba and how their families originally traveled from Spain and the Canary Islands.... and oh, how I wished I had asked many more questions than I did.
As many of our ancestors, they both left everything behind and arrived in this country, in a world that was much more disconnected than we know it today. Technology as we know it was non-existent to speak of and the decision to emigrate from another country was more pronounced and absolute.
All I can say, is that I am deeply appreciative and humbled by their lives, sacrifices and all that they imparted to me and my sister through their love for us.
So today, as Mother’s Day, I honor my Mom, Grandmother to my children and my sister’s children....
~ Maria del Carmen Matos Trujillo Valuja
~ Maria del Carmen Valuja y Matos-Trujillo (the Hispanic version)
I love you for always, Mom!!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Copyright © 2012 Marilyn Poole /The Genealogy Gap