Daughter’s Love, Mom’s Thankful Heart

_MG_1992.jpgWriting to me is one way to say thank you. Many people deserve my thanks and appreciation but no one more than my loyal and faithful daughter. If life offered me any gifts, she was the first in this life.

At the age of 17, she entered the service becoming a US Marine. During Basic Training, she got word that I was in trouble, unable to pay my mortgage.

My intrepid child went to her CO, asked for the money they set aside for the recruits, her meager salary, to send to her mother. I received a money order and a phone call. The money order was more than I needed. The phone call from her was even more.

“Mommy,” said my oldest child, “I am sorry that it is not a full $500. I had to use $1 for the money order.”

Words could never begin to express my gratitude nor my joy at having this child. Not because she gave me money, but because I am proud she is mine. The Lord allowed me the honor of having this woman in my life for a while. Because no matter how old she gets, she is still mine and I can write about her courage and fearless love for all around her. Her compassion spreads out to all and she is sought out for advice when people are in trouble.

_MG_4747.jpgLike a flower, she grew! Like a duckling she became a swan. And just as ferociously, she loves us all.

I write novels and short stories about life and today,

Writing To Me Is:

Thank you First Sergeant. I love you.


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  • http://heartpress.com/ SL Clark

    Thank you for this Sonia. It made a difference in my day.

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you for stopping by Steve.

  • http://www.reflectionandreview.com S. Kat Harris

    Sweet :) You have a new follower via blog-a-licious. (Thanks for supporting me btw.)

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you Kat for coming by. I am thrilled that you are following. :) You are welcome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paula-Boyd/1644165125 Paula Boyd


    What a story! And what a lovely human being you have raised! Indeed a gift!

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Paula, thank you. A gift from God indeed.

  • Sulekkha

    You are a lucky lady to have such a caring daughter…It was a pleasure reading about her …

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Indeed I am Sulekkha. God is good.

  • Dklevick

    Writing for you is a First Sergeant and a Thank you. That’s a lot deeper than would appear up front. Good post – different – your own touch. I enjoyed it.
    P.S. a First Sergeant will know how to use a bazooka

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      True true! She is an expert markswoman! Thank you DK for stopping by. Hugs.

  • http://twitter.com/RachelVDiMaggio Rachel DiMaggio

    What a touching story! Thank you for sharing.

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you Rachel. I appreciate your stopping by. 

  • Thelma Zirkelbach

    I know how proud you must be.  Children are life’s greatest gift…grandchildren, too.  Lovely post.

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you Thelma. They are. My three grandsons are a delight in short spurts. :)

  • Grace Elliot

    You must be so proud of your daughter, what a wonderful thing to do. She obviously appreciates you very much, and is trying to repay the love you gave her. Blessings to you both. Grace x

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you Grace! Thank you for coming to see me.

  • Kwasylowski

    No fair making me cry today.  Wonderful post and I am a new follower too.


    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you Karen. I followed you too. :) Thank you for stopping by.

  • http://christianmommywriter.com Tonya

    How sweet!

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you Tonya. :)

  • http://www.timgreaton.blogspot.com Tim Greaton

    It sounds like you have every reason to be proud. I suspect someone did a great job raising one certain little girl, too :-)

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Bless you Tim. The Lord is good in ALL ways.

  • Deborah Swift

    I think our children always give back what you have given them, you must be a great Mom. Lovely post.

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you Deborah. Bless you!

  • Muriel

    Hi from the Bog-A-Licious tour Sonia! Your post left me with a lump in my throat….

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you Muriel. It lodges in mine every time I think of it.

  • Charlie Nitric

    Hello Sonia –

    The greatest gift God gives us is our children. Your daughter will most likely follow in your footsteps and write about her love for her momma. Cool, huh! Happy Sunday to you. :)

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Back at you my friend Charlie. God love and bless you! :)

  • Sercycla

    I can 100% relate to your daughter. For my first couple years in the Air Force I sent my mom and step dad money b/c I knew how tight things were when they were raising us. To this day if mama says baby I need, she doesn’t even have to finish the sentence. Done is all I say. Now 17yrs later and an E-7 in the Air Force I’ll do anything for my mom. It’s women like her that make women like me a better person, daughter, Mom (I’m now a mom of two boys 11 and 12) and SrNCO. I thank my mom, and the many amazing moms like you and her!

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      CeeCee, you made me cry.  Thank you! I am overwhelmed.

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      My dear CeeCee, women like you are the pride and joy of our lives. We re blessed by each other. You are, I am sure a great blessing to your mother. She would not ask if she did not think you would respond. It shows humility on her side and generosity and humbleness of heart on your side.Thank you for your service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sweepyjean Sweepy Jean

    This is a lovely post, Sonia! Your daughters seems to have a big heart, going into the Marines and giving you all she had. Writing is such a beautiful gift and a perfect expression of thankfulness!

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      My sweetheart. I am so blessed you stopped by. Big hugs!

  • Debra Elramey

    This writing in gratitude to your beloved daughter is as
    sweet and beautiful as the rose.   I
    should know, I feel the same way about my own daughter.   My gratitude to her knows no bounds.   

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Yes, very true Debra.  Thank you.

  • http://www.everydaygyaan.com Corinne Rodrigues

    @twitter-210647025:disqus – You brought tears to my eyes with this. What a lovely gift you have been given and from my brief interaction with you I can say that your girl is but a reflection of a loving and giving Mom. Hugs….Thank you for touching me so deeply. 

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      The only reason my post resonated so strongly with you, is because you have an open heart and a receiving spirit. If you did not, it would mean little. Thank you for visiting me. I am honored.

  • Pandora Poikilos

    I love you with what I have is so different from I love you with all that I have. When a child is grown and they can think of their parents and gratitude in the same sentence that in itself is a big blessing. Thank you Sonia for all that you do for me and for all that you are. Much love and blessings – Dora

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you my sweetheart. Big hugs! Big blessings!

  • http://mariscamera.blogspot.com/ Mari Sterling Wilbur

    Wonderful and touching post! I’ve always said you don’t find great kids, or young adults, without finding great parenting. My best to both of you. May your daughter be safe in the service of our country – thank her from me for her courage.  

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Hello Mari. Thank you for stopping by. Thank you for your kind comment.

  • http://themustardseedmeadow.blogspot.com/ mustardseed

    Loved your post and your blog.  How proud you must be. I am looking forward to reading your work.
    Thank you

  • http://themustardseedmeadow.blogspot.com/ mustardseed

    Loved your post and your blog.  How proud you must be. I am looking forward to reading your work.
    Thank you

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      What a pleasure it is to have your note here. Thank you for your kindness.

  • Symphonyforlove

    Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as the one between a mother and her child and nd the gratitude of child still remain the anchor that hold mother to life and happiness.My best wishes.Symphonyforlove

    • http://twitter.com/SRumzi Sonia Rumzi

      Thank you for visiting. My blog is neither as beautiful nor as encouraging as yours. I am grateful for your comment. :)
      And yes, I agree. The bond grows with character build up and hardships in life.