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Tributes on the 100th Anniversary of Mothers’ Day

From the Associated Press is the background story of this very popular holiday.

GRAFTON, W.Va. — On this 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, the woman credited with creating one of the world’s most celebrated holidays probably wouldn’t be pleased with all the flowers, candy or gifts.

Anna Jarvis would want us to give mothers a white carnation — she felt it signified the purity of a mother’s love.

Jarvis, who never married and never had children, got the Mother’s Day idea after her mother said it would be nice if someone created a memorial to mothers.

Three years after her mother died in 1905, she organized the first official mother’s day service at a church where her mother had spent more than 20 years teaching Sunday school.

Today, the former Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church is the official shrine to mothers around the world. On Sunday, the shrine will celebrate the 100th anniversary, giving each mother attending a special service a white carnation.

The shrine also serves as a “reminder to the accomplishments of these women and to the issues mothers still deal with today, trying to do the balancing act of being everything to everyone,” said Cindi Mason, the shrine’s director.

From my heart is a Mothers’ Day tribute to four young women who are special to me.

Rebecca is the only girl in our family, and she is the best daughter it is possible to have. She is dear and precious to me. She loves God, loves her son, Nathaniel, loves her mom and dad and the rest of the family. She truly cares for people and goes out of her way to assist needy and troubled people. She has suffered greatly in her life and has been at the point of death several times. I admire her courage, grit and honor.

Dearrah is married to Steve, my eldest, who pastors a church in Chula Vista, CA. Dearrah is from Louisiana, and certainly she epitomizes the term southern hospitality. I have never known a more gracious or talented hostess than Dearrah. She is talented in many other ways as well–leads their church sanctuary choir and is the national ladies leader of the Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship. She’s a great mom–has two sons, and five grandchildren.

Melina is married to Mike and they live here in Lake Havasu. She is a gourmet cook, an entertainer of the first degree; she works out every day (and has the body to prove it), and has been a viable member of the team that has made Buxton Drywall the tremendous success it is. She is such a splendid housekeeper and decorator that, in my opinion, their home should be on the cover of a magazine. 🙂 Mike and Mel have one son, three daughters and three grandchildren.

Shawnna is married to Andrew, my youngest, who is “planting” a church in LaMesa, CA. Of a quiet and reserved nature, she moved smoothly into the role of pastor’s wife. Shawnna is an exceptionally dedicated mother to their five children. They live in a very small house, but I have never heard her complain about it. (Now, she may have, but I haven’t heard it. 🙂 ) Because of the ages of their children, and Andrew’s work and preaching schedules, she often stays at home while Andrew travels.

I’m honoring these four special women this morning, and wish them a happy Mothers’ Day.

A happy day to you also–you others who are mothers.


My devotional blog is here.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

12 replies on “Tributes on the 100th Anniversary of Mothers’ Day”

There is no greater mother than you, my dear sweet mom. The best ever. Happy Happy Mothers’ Day.

Thank you, my sweet baby girl. Now, start for bed. It’s getting late. 🙂


Happy Mother’s Day Sis. Buxton. I hope your day was great. How precious you are to recognize your loved ones and how blessed they are to be a part of you.

Much love.

Anna, how sweet of you to drop by. Love you much.


Yes Sis Buxton, there were youngins’ today. My 6 year old grandson was with me and my daughter’s 14 month old foster daughter whom we have had since she was 7 weeks old. She will be returning to the care of her birth mother on the 15th of this month. Oh how we are going to miss her.


Hope you have a very Happy Mother’s Day, Sister Buxton!

Carol, it would be great if I could see you and wish you a happy day in person, but guess this will have to do. Thanks for dropping by and for your sweet thoughts.


hey shirley
I have been gone for so long and i was focusing on school.
But hey your blog stats have gone WAY up since i was gone.
I just wanted to stop by and say hi.

Daniel, my heart leaped when I saw your name here. We go back a long ways, don’t we. You’re doing the right thing by focusing on your school work, but when you start blogging again, please let me know. I’m interested in you and your life.

How’s your mom? Be especially sweet to her today. Know you will.



Sis. Buxton, Happy Mother’s Day! May His richest blessings be poured out on you today! 🙂

And a happy day to you also. I’m sure you miss your mother today. She was truly a beautiful Christian woman.


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