In honor of Mother’s Day, Sagora Senior Living would like to take a few moments to appreciate all of the mothers who call our communities home. We all have special memories about our mothers, from the lessons they taught us to the caring arms they held open when times were difficult. We hope you enjoy as we feature a few of our resident mothers who have touched our lives.
Delores from The Brennity at Tradition in Port St. Lucie, Florida is a special resident who shared her life by adopting five children. She explained the adoption process as much more challenging now and is thankful she was able to adopt her children without much difficulty. Each child was curious about their birth parents in their teenager years, but have realized that they are fortunate and appreciative of Delores. She is grateful for her children and the success and happiness they have achieved in life, and states, “The most rewarding part about being a mother is when your kids wrap their arms around you and say they love you. It’s more valuable than stocks and bonds.”
Another mom from Aberdeen Heights in Tulsa, Oklahoma, resident Nelda, tried for many years to adopt a child, with several unsuccessful attempts. She was eventually able to have three daughters biologically, and at the age of 46, Delores met Nora Lamb, a Chinese evangelist who encouraged her to visit Taiwan. On her visit, they toured a Korean orphanage and one little boy kept running up to her, and she was unable to lose his attention. Nelda fell in love with that little 5-year old and decided to adopt him, bringing him home 14 months later. The young boy was welcomed by both parents and three teenage sisters, and the whole family is incredibly grateful for that visit to Taiwan!
At our Adante community in San Antonio, Texas, resident Flo speaks about her eight children, and how she loves talking about their evenings together around the dinner table where many stories were shared! Her favorite part of her day was these dinners, often lasting for two hours, sharing stories and laughing. Flo values everything her mother taught her in life about working together for the betterment of the group, and those lessons helped make Flo the wonderful mother she is today.
Resident Betty at The Brennity at Fairhope in Fairhope, Alabama shared that what she loved best about being a mother is that her children and their friends were always comfortable going to her for advice. She loved showing them independence and joy, and passed on her strong Christian values. Betty firmly believes that we should all help those in need and to love others as you’d love yourself. Her daughters couldn’t agree more and state that their mom always taught them that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No matter what has ailed their mom in life, she always has a smile on her face and encourages her friends and family. The things Betty remembers most about her mom is everything she taught her about how to care for a family, to contribute to the household, give what you can to your church, and to not be selfish.
Several residents at The Brennity at Vero Beach in Vero Beach, Florida got together to share memories of their mothers. Resident George stated that the best piece of advice he ever received from his mom was to go to college! Resident Henry stated that his mother raised him and his siblings alone after his father died during the depression era. She taught him to keep a clean house and always be on time and George still follows that advice to this day! Mary, a resident in assisted living, shared that her mother was years ahead of her time. She taught Mary to always keep a clean house but most importantly to always have fun, which Mary then passed on to her daughter. Resident Maggie tributes her strong faith, patience, cleanliness and compassion to her mother, traits she also passed on to her daughters and feels that being a mother is the greatest gift God can give.
For every life you have touched, for your strength and dedication to your families, your love, kindness and compassion, we are honored that you have chosen to be a part of our lives. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Sagora moms!