Silver Lining: on angel mothers

May 13, 2012

on angel mothers

I've been thinking a lot about what to write on a day like this. I always have something drafted, and then my heart always feels differently, and I end up writing something completely opposite.

This Mother's Day, my heart feels like saying this:

In times of special need, {God} sent angels to bless His children, reassure them that heaven was always very close and that His help was always very near... Usually such beings are not seen. Sometimes they are. But seen or unseen, they are always near.

Not all angels are from the other side of the veil. Some of them we walk with and talk with - here, now, every day.  Indeed heaven never seems closer than when we see the love of God manifested in the kindness and devotion of people so good and so pure that angelic is the only word that comes to mind.

Always there are those angles who come and go all around us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal.

I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face. Nor will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man or woman or child upon the face thereof to be saved.

From Jeffrey R. Holland's "The Ministry of Angels," emphasis added

My mom was an angel in life. These pictures are from the last seven brain tumor weeks of her life, and they don't show the amazing person she was, or all the inspiring things she did. Pictures often don't do that kind of justice.

Two years and five months ago exactly, she became a real angel. Angels are real, and she is still real. She's still involved in my life, and she's still my mom. I know that.

Everything I am or ever hope to be, 
I owe to my angel mother. 
Abraham Lincoln


  1. Whenever I read words about your mother I can't stop tears - thank you for your example of faith and strength brooke. love you.

  2. You're right, pictures can't do her justice, but you add a lot with your words. And what a great talk by Elder Holland.
    I'm grateful I can call her my aunt!

  3. PS- Matt used that Lincoln quote today in his Mother's Day talk. He asked if it was famous and I told him we use it a lot in my family :)

  4. I've been thinking about her a lot today too. What an amazing example to me she has been throughout my whole life. I was listening to my "Sunday" playlist and that song came on that she used to sing--Angel Lullaby. Yeah. I had to leave the room. Love you.

  5. you are amazing. i love this. i had to stop myself from tearing up. so beautiful. i hope you had a great day my dear. stay strong.


  6. AnonymousMay 14, 2012

    This is so sweet. Your mom is so beautiful too. I am very moved by this post!

    I followed back and I will be returning and seeing what you have! If you want, we can swap ads??

  7. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  8. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


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