Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Motherhood, in honor of Pat Ledbetter


I'm writing this post on behalf of all the Creative Carte Blanche sisters today, in honor of Pat Ledbetter who passed away peacefully yesterday with daughter Linda and husband John at her bedside.

The photo above was when I first met Linda and her sweet mom, Pat. It was on the Tim Holtz cruise back in 2011. (see how crafting brings people together in life?) They were travel buddies and I remember thinking how sweet it was they were on this trip together. Pat didn't seem to mind at all that I called her "Mom" for the remainder of the cruise. It was the only time I met her, but I know from knowing Linda since that day, that her mother is a her best friend, her confidant, and her guiding light.

I found this poem today by Joaquin Miller and thought it was an appropriate honor to Pat and her fight, and to all moms we've had to let go due to illness.


MOTHERHOOD

The bravest battle that ever was fought!
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not;
'Twas fought by the mothers of men.
Nay not with the cannon of battle-shot,
With a sword or noble pen;
Nay, not with eloquent words or thought
From mouth of wonderful men!
But deep in a walled-up woman's heart --
Of a woman that would not yield,
But bravely, silently bore her part --
Lo, there is the battlefield!
No marshalling troops, no bivouac song,
No banner to gleam and wave;
But oh! those battles, they last so long --
From babyhood to the grave.
Yet, faithful still as a bridge of stars,
She fights in her walled-up town --
Fights on and on in her endless wars
Then silent, unseen, goes down.
Oh, ye with banners and battle-shot,
And soldiers to shout and praise!
I tell you the kingliest victories fought
Were fought in those silent ways.
O spotless woman in a world of shame,
With splendid and silent scorn,
Go back to God as white as you came --
The Kingliest warrior born!

We love you Linda and are thinking of you at this very sad time. 
- Annette

If you would like to send some loving words to Linda in the form of a card, please mail it to:

Linda Ledbetter
1443 E. Carter Lane
Boise, ID 83706
USA

15 comments:

  1. Oh Annette, I feel so terribly saddened by this news. I have not had the pleasure of meeting either Linda or Pat but I know how close they were... My heart goes out to Linda and John, and their family, as they deal with such sadness. The poem is a wonderful tribute to Pat and I truly hope that Linda and John find some comfort in it. Thanks so much for the address. Anne xx

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  2. Annette....this is such a touching tribute to our dear Linda and her beautiful mother. Our hearts go out to Linda and her family. Losing your mother, especially as close as Linda and her mother were is devastating. Sending all of the warmest most loving hugs I can send sweet Linda. You are loved by so many. Take comfort that your dear mother is now pain free and will. E watching over you.

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  3. Thanks for the information Annette. I have never met Linda or her mom but I understand the fight. I am a mom in the midst of such a fight and I know the toll it is taking on my daughter and grand daughter. Sending my hearts best wishes. And thanks for the wonderful poem.

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  4. Rest in peace dearest Pat. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Linda, my dear sweet friend, know that you are in my heart and thoughts xx

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  5. Thank you Annette for this information. I have her address somewhere packed in a craft box, so this helps. I lost my Mom in much the same way, so I feel for Linda and her Dad. It is very sad and I know the many memories and love will always be present. Pat has such a beautiful smile and I know she is watching over her loving family!

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  6. A painful parting and sweet, sweet memories flood you now. Bless you, dear Linda. You are so very loved. Annette, thank you, for fashioning such a beautiful tribute.

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  7. Such a beautiful tribute. May Pat rest in peace. Linda you are loved more then you will ever know...we your sisters by chance and choice are lifting you up and sending you love. Your mom will always be with you, in spirit, in your heart and in your memories. She will be watching over you.

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  8. That cancer steals lives and has no warning of when, where, or who it chooses; already is well known and it gets its seconds, minites, hours, days, months, & years of 'fame'. But what cancer doesn't know: as fierce a battle it wages against our time with loved ones....little it knows how much it PULLS US TOGETHER IN LOVE!!! What is bad, The LORD turns into good for us in ways we cannot fathom in this earthly life. Cancer, in any form, makes us reach out to give HOPE, COMFORT, & LOVE. Yes, it IS true; GOD HAS ALREADY WON!
    We have so much love to heap on each other in these times when cancer has stolen yet another life from a person we know. We band together in prayer & support for you, Linda. And we have comfort in knowing that GOD is in control, even when it all looks the opposite. For those who may think The LORD 'punishes' by taking Home those who belong to HIM: they fail to see how BLESSED we are to have known those ppl in our lives for the time we did!
    The poem is truth; any woman can give life to a child, but a Mom keeps fighting the good fight & keeps being a MOM! And when it comes my own time to go Home & rest at HIS feet, HE will ask me what I did with my life. I will say,"I was a Mom,"... & I'm pretty sure that'll explain it all. Afterall, GOD came up w the whole idea HIMSELF!

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  9. Linda, I am terribly sorry to hear about your mother. My heart breaks for you. Always, always choose to remember and you will honor her memory. Even when it hurts, remember anyway. <3 Hugs, Autumn

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  10. Ladies, words fail me. Annette, the poem is perfect-- so perfect!-- my mom was a warrior. I love you all so much. Thank you for cradling the pieces of my heart so gently.

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  11. Such terribly sad news Linda. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your dad as you start to come to terms with it all. Your mom may have moved on to a better place but she lives on in your hearts and through the sharing of your wonderful memories. Sending hugs, Jenny xx

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  12. This is lovely Annette. To Linda and family, I am so profoundly sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories. It was generous of you to take us on such a private journey. I watched in pain with ever post and cried for you. Especially having just lost my own special Mom (in-law) a few weeks ago. Sending love my friend.

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  13. What a touching poem. Last Nov I loss my young sister in-law of 60 +.
    Terrible cancer disease took her. I miss her but I know she is in the arms of the Lord. Know-more pain. Thank you for sharing the poem.
    Hugs

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  14. I'm so sorry for your loss Linda. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. The poem is so heartfelt. I lost my Mom 13 years ago although it seems like yesterday. Sending hugs to all :)

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  15. So sorry Linda. A lovely tribute to your mom. May you find comfort in knowing the best of her is within you. XO

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