Tomorrow is Mother's Day.

It's been ten years since my Mom "went home," but it seems like only yesterday I was singing her favorite hymn for the last time for her. But the thing I remember most was the sense of absolute calm and peace that surrounded her casket that day.

You see, she was firm in her faith as a Christian, and her favorite song - "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" - says it very well. The final words in the chorus are "I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand." She knew we would be together again in time, and that faith was palpable in the room.

And, like many others, I also had a stepmother. My mother was in New York state, my stepmom was here in Smith River. Betty was Native American, a Sioux, if I remember correctly, that my Dad had met and married as he made his way across the country. She was one very special lady, and I loved her, too. She taught me to fish and smoke salmon, and I spent a lot of quality time with her when I lived here the first time.

Mother's Day can be a wonderful time if your family is all located in close proximity, but in today's world, that is often not the case. We move about as jobs and relationships make it necessary for us to relocate, and distance sometimes makes our only contact a phone call or internet connection. We send cards and flowers and perhaps a gift - but nothing is better than that warm hug shared in person.

Only one of my six children - my youngest daughter, Amy - lives here. And my grandson Stephen, the son of my daughter Sue, lives with me.

I try to imagine what it would be like to have all of them here at the same time. I'd have to rent a big place to accommodate the whole gang - six kids, 17 grandkids, plus spouses, and 11 great-grands.

I look back and try to imagine how so much time has passed so quickly. As a mother, to realize that some of my children are grandparents when only yesterday they were babies andhellip;

So enjoy the time you have with your mom while you can, let her know how much you appreciate her because the day will come when she is no longer there. And don't wish your children grown too quickly, for that day comes way too soon!

There is only one Mother's Day event that there is information on, though I would imagine that most churches will be doing a little something to recognize mothers.

At New Life Community Church tomorrow, there will be a potluck after the 10:30 a.m. service. The men of the church will be doing the cooking and menu planning.

Friday at New Life is Game Night at 6 p.m. You don't have to belong to the church to come and have fun. Bring a snack to share and your favorite game. Folks at the church have a variety of games to play, but new ones are always welcome. Often up to 4 different games are going on at the same time because people have different favorites, and games are designed for differing numbers of people. Come and join in the fun - you will be welcome.

To contact Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email