A while back, I decided to FB (Faithbook not Facebook) some of my favorite photos of my mom when she was a little girl. My mom was probably only a year old in these photos. She had the most luscious crown of golden curls you could find and a toothy little grin to match. The pictures reminded me of the buttons and bows, ribbons and lace,  so typical of little girls – especially in the early 1900s.

This is the layout I made. I loved the sepia tones of the brown patterned papers And because there was a little bit of green in them, I accented with the green floral paper as the background. The layout includes a lock of her hair and an ivory-handled button hook that could have been the one used to get her ready for this photo session.

Here is the first page. My mom loves butterflies so I added the butterfly. It adds a sense of beauty and grace. I found some rub-on lace when making this page and it was a perfect fit. As I was working on this layout, I was also going through the old children’s clothing I inherited from my mom not long before. I discovered that I had a very similar version of this little dress.


Not too long afterward, I went to my sister’s house in Dallas and sure enough, in her office, was hanging this exact dress with the little tatted medallions above the rows of lace across the bottom. She had no idea that this was the same dress in the pictures until I let her know. I showed her the tatted medallions in the photos. (Note the stamped & embossed medallions on the bottom outside corners of the layout.) She was delighted!

What is the poem I wrote for these pages?

Buttons and bows
Ribbons and lace
Nothing compares
To the smile on her face

Isn’t it one of the greatest joys in life to see a smile on the face of a little child? Can’t you just see Jesus with the little children smiling as they gather around Him and He tells His disciples,

“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 19:14

My mom was 18 when this photo was taken. It was her highschool graduation picture. I have yet to scrapbook this picture and the one below because they are very large. I need to scan them and resize. I have a few other pictures of her in this dress as she stands in the front yard of their house on Old Sycamore street. The house no longer exists. Apartments have taken its place. My grandparents moved from that house when I was very small, but I have fond memories of sitting under the piano and playing with an old doll house. My but that was a very long time ago. My mom is now 90.

I am not certain how old my mom is in this picture. I would think that she is probably in her early 20s. This may have been her graduation photo from the University of Texas. She still has the beautiful golden curls from when she was little.

For several years, Mama worked with Catholic Charities. Then she married my dad and started a family. With 6 of us, Mama was a very busy lady. Three of the six inherited the curls although I was the only goldilocks. A number of years back, I put this photograph next to my face as I looked in the mirror and was surprised at the resemblance.

Finally, here is my mom on Father’s day, 2009. Though she has lost the gift of youth, her beautiful spirit remains. She and my dad have been married almost 70 years. What an example to her children and grandchildren! All six girls are married and remain with their partners. What a gift in this day of divorce and dysfunction! Marriage is meant to be a reflection of the relationship within the Trinity. That bond of love is unbreakable. As society comes to see marriage as a secular institution,  the image of the Trinity is distorted and disfigured.

Jesus’ first miracle was performed at a wedding feast in Cana in Galilee.  His Mother told the waiters to do whatever Jesus told them. Mary’s advice to us is the same: “Do whatever He tells you.” What was Jesus’ teaching on divorce?

And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”  He answered them, “What did Moses command you?”  They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away.”  But Jesus said to them, “For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.  But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’  ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,  and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.”  And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.  And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her;  and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”  ~ Mark 10:2-12

It seems that hardness of heart has spread throughout our society. I pray that a Culture of Life prevails – that we see a renewal of our hearts and minds to the teachings of Christ.


About Theresa Sismilich

Beloved Daughter of the Father, Catholic writer, Artist, Poet, Advocate for Life and proud Gramma
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