I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Thursday, May 2, 2013

My Wonder Women Super Heroes

by Patrica Bradley



This month and next month I want to write about some of the a-ma-zing women in my life.  We all have them. You know the ones—some of them have come along side and encouraged us, some are those we look up to. Women who are our heroes.  Oh, they may not have been on television or in the papers, but they are heroes none the less.

The first is my mom. She’s always been my hero, even when I didn’t realize it. You do know it takes years sometimes for children to realize what their mom sacrifice for them, don’t you? I think a lot of the time I take my mom for granted. Especially her accomplishments. I think one of the reasons is that is all my life, she downplayed her many talents. Just last year at 91, she learned how to text and check her Face Book page. Yes, she has a FB page. If her laptop freezes up, she unplugs and takes the battery out and fools with it until it works again.

She ran our home with love and discipline. From her I learned to be independent. And to do things right, to take pride in my work…like make my bed with hospital corners so a quarter would bounce on it. We didn’t have fitted sheets, only flat.

Another of my heroes is my sister. Born almost deaf, she overcame that to graduate high school and business school and even had a job once where she took the notes for business meetings. Nothing stops this wife and mother of two from doing what she wants to.

I have other heroes:

·         Delores Topliff, a friend who just returned from a mission trip to the Philippines and Macau China. I so admire Dee for her courage and dedication to take Christ’s love worldwide.  
·         Peggy Woodhouse, who battled cancer for more than five years, but who always turned the conversation around to ask about how I was feeling.
·         Teri Smith, who had an aneurism three years ago, but who has battled her way back to working on a book with her daughter. She also promotes the Ponderer blog like nobody else!

I know you have heroes in your own life. Leave a comment about them and why they are your hero.


24 comments:

  1. Wow, I loved reading this & am honored to be on your list. Also thrilled to be one of your mother's "friends" on FB. At 91 she's still beautiful, a clear indication of how lovely you'll still be when going strong at that age. And Pat you're one of my wonderwomen heroes for more reasons than I can list here. I know God will keep blessing and leading you!

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  2. Thanks, Dee! Mom's 92 now and just came to see me with my sister.

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  3. Pat, what a beautiful blog. I looked at the lady in the picture, and I was pretty sure YOU were the author of this post. :)

    I do have heroes. My mom is also my hero. She raised three girls who are 27 months apart from oldest to youngest. She has such an exuberance for life and passion for Jesus.

    My Grandma Judy--who's in heaven now--who lived with my VERY difficult grand father quietly and with grace. She showed me what love-lived-out looked like.
    My friend, Jennifer, who dealt with years of infertility and never grew bitter through it.
    Beth V--who inspires me in the way she shows grace to everyone she meets, and has more wisdom and empathy than most people I know.

    Thanks for the encouragement to think on those Super Women in my life, Pat.

    There are others, but I'll stop there for now.

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  4. This is awesome, Pat. And how fun to see a couple familiar names. :)

    Two of my "Wonder Women" are my mom and grandma. My mom is amazing...wise...hilarious. And now that I'm an adult, it's fun to be her friend in addition to her daughter. She truly is one of my best friends. And my grandma is just fabulous...she is kind and encouraging and one of the most supportive people in my life. I love the letters she sends me.

    And then there's one of my mom's friends--Kim. Her passion and faith and enthusiasm for the Lord are contagious.

    And this past weekend I was reminded of the awesomeness of several wonderful writing friends--Susie, Rachel, Alena, Lisa, Edie, Michelle, Reba. I treasure ALL of them. In particular, Alena Taurianen and Rachel Hauck both spoke such words of wisdom to me--about the power of our words, the power of Scripture, etc. Things I needed to hear!

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  5. Yes! Agree with all of your wonder women! And isn't it fun when we get to be "friends" with our Moms!

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  6. Also, if the "Comment as: box" doesn't work after you write your comment, I've discovered if my comment, then right click on the arrow and click reload frame, it will allow me to choose how I want to comment. Don't know what's going on with Blogger, but I've had this problem for a month now! And that's my solution. lol

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    1. It's supposed to be If I copy my comment, then right click...also, don't forget to paste your comment in the box! lol

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  7. Loved this post...and your mom and sister looked GREAT the other night. Glad to know ya'll.

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  8. Wow! Cheryl, you're getting quite Southern! My family was so glad to see you, too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Beautiful post, Pat. You look so much like your mom. I love how she isn't afraid to try new things. Love how your sister's deafness didn't hold her back in life. And I totally agree with you about Dee and Teri. Amazing women!

    My female superheroines include my grandma, my mom and my sister. My grandma laid my spiritual foundation. My mom is a testament to God's grace. My sister is petite but has a commanding presence. She speaks up for those who can't speak for themselves. I'm so blessed to have their influence in my life.

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  10. Thank you, Lisa. My mom is really special. You have some amazing superheroines are awesome women.

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  11. Pat, thank you for sharing your super-heroines with us. You are a blessed lady to have such special people in your life. One of my heroines is a lovely lady in her senior years, Clella Camp. She's a dynamo who golfs, travels, plays with her great-granddaughter, and inspires all who know her with her zest for life and love for our Lord. She's just great.

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    1. Except for the golf part, that's what I want people to say about me when I reach my senior years. lol (I bet she's my age.) Thanks for stopping by, Johnnie!

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  12. My daddy. I lost him 24 years ago to cancer. He was only 48. My oldest son was the only grandchild he ever saw, now he has 16. My daddy taught me how to love people and that's the best thing I know. Not that I'm good at it yet, but I want to be. He also lived Jesus in front of me every day of my life and was never afraid of my questions or my dreams. He never once laughed at them. I always felt safe share who I really am with him. I married a man just like him and he IS my hero.

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  13. Ginger, your dad sounds like a great super hero...especially if Pat's like him. Pat's a super guy.

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  14. Aww, Pat, I never, ever, dreamed you'd include me on this list!

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    1. You're one of my heroes, Teri! I tell everyone about our a-ma-zing Teri!

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  15. Yes, I agree, Mother, as I refer to her, is my superhero and grandmother. As a little girl, she always made cleaning house fun, and cookies and milk was always delicious. I loved her spaghetti and to this day still can not make it like she did. Chicken and Dumplings were my favorite dinners. She never got angry when me and my sister took her "silver"ware out into the backyard and dug holes and made mud pies. We also loved dressing up in her clothes. She has always been there for me. I love her with all my heart. Thank you for putting this up on your blogg.

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    1. Yes, Carole, she is a great and wonderful mom and grandmother! And I can't make spaghetti like she did, either. lol

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  16. In WWI, more men died of influenza than in the trenches. In that era, pregnant women who got the flu also died. One of them was my great grandmother, who was pregnant with her 8th child. My grandmother, Maizie, who was 12 and the second oldest, dropped out of school as a 6th grader to care for her five younger siblings. (Her older sister was already married at 15.)

    Maizie didn't marry into well into her 20's, never learned to drive and, always feeling uneducated, remained humble all of her life. From her tiny kitchen the size of my laundry room, she made the most delicious meals from scratch without measuring anything or following a recipe. Something I cannot do. Best of all, she always knew just the right word to say in any circumstance--what I most wish I'd inherited. She was greatly loved and is greatly missed. She's my hero.

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  17. It amazes me Roxanne how that generation could take practically nothing and make a great meal! Love your hero.

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    1. Yes, and she had no workspace other than a 2'x2' table (if it was that big), a tiny fridge, a small metal cabinet like garage storage as a pantry and an over-size sink (but not a double one) with a drain board attached to one side. After she cut her hand badly on a knife, my grandfather bought a portable dishwasher. But it loaded from the top, so it offered no additional counter space. That kitchen was more primitive than any of my college apartments--and I thought I was "roughing" it.

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  18. What a beautiful post! The women who have blessed your life sound amazing!

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