Sunday, May 12, 2013

Introducing My Amazing Mother on Her Day...

This is dedicated to my mother, 

Clara Victoria Butler-Chock. 

Clara, AKA Kattie (pronounced Katie), is a faithful woman of God whose determination and drive have allowed her to reach her goals: travel the world, attain a college degree, raise six children, much of it on her own, and be the CEO of her own business for nearly 30 years. (Oh, she raised a grand daughter, so she raised seven kids.)

Moms and her six kids.

Ask her what her goals in life are now, she'll have definite answers for you:

~ To attain her Master's Degree in psychology, this while battling health issues at the age of seventy. And guess what? She is currently a masters of psychology student at Argosy University in Alameda. 

My proud mom.
~ To write her memoir. I've read some of her stories, and she has a great talent for pulling you into her life and giving you a taste of the characters she has encountered.

~ To travel, travel, travel. I mean, she's already been to Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Virgin Islands and several of the States, including Hawaii. Of course, she wants to do lots more, like see more of the States, particularly the southern states, and go to Puerto Rico, Spain and Hong Kong.

~ And to spend time with her millions of grand and great grand kids.

Mom in the center, and her grand and great grandkids.
There are more now, but this is the last picture of them together.
Yes, my mom has a full, balanced life, and she's always up for a party:

Halloween 2011
Princess Mulan
Miss Pocahontas,
at a costume party 
New Year's Eve 2012

She has family and friends that are always ready to show her some love:

And just remember, however, that no matter what, she remains her same outgoing yet strange self:

If you catch her talking to
a stuffed animal, make her stop.

My mom and stepdad, Joe

She is my amazing mother who, although divorced my dad, has been remarried for almost 25 years and is working hard to keep it going... 

while dreaming of herself from years gone by: 
The original family

Kattie in all her glory! (Leave it to me and my brother
Anthony to mark it up with our "cursive" writing.)

Yes, us two here, me and my brother, with my beautiful mom.

Happy Mother's Day Mom!



  1. What a loving tribute to your Mother--and an amazing woman. It made tears come to my eyes.

  2. Beautiful Tribute! I gave my mother a cake this year and she loves it.

    1. It was a great mother's day with my mom and family.

  3. Thank you for sharing your tribute with us, it is beautiful.

  4. That is really wonderful. Sounds like your mother won't ever stop striving for more and that's awesome.

  5. She sounds like such an amazing woman!
    I nominated you for the sunshine award :)

  6. Beautifully presented LaRonda.
    I hope my cousin Katie has a wonderful Mother's Day surrounded by family.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Logene. It was a wonderful Mother's Day and she was surrounded by family.

  7. Wow! This is so lovely, Auntie. Happy Mothers Day to you and to my Grandma!!!!

  8. How lovely to emeet your Mum! She sounds a lively person. Happy Mother's Day to you and to your Mum!

  9. That is a beautiful tribute, La Ronda. The photos are so well put together and the sentiments so moving. My prediction is she will cry tears of joy, pride and pure love when she sees this!

  10. Hi my dearest daughter, LaRonda, this is the most beautiful Mother's Day gift ever. It really touched my heart, and I felt like really crying. I never knew that you had all of those pictures. Thanks for saving them, and you already know quite abit about my life. I guess I don't need to write my autobiography now, since I have nosy child. Love you my child.

    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you also.

    Love Mommy

    1. It was a blessing for me to give this to you Mom and to share this special day with you.

  11. Awww, this is so sweet! I love all your photos, and that one at the end. So lovely. :)

  12. Aw here's to Clara! What a fab tribute! Lucky you to have such an amazing mom. (mine's pretty darn great too. ) :D

    1. Yes... But don't think I always thought that way!

  13. This is an awesome tribute to your mom and a loving way to acknowledge her for Mother's Day. I'm sure she's very proud of you. By the way, you look just like her, so the apple didn't fall too far from the tree.

    1. You funny lady - me, look like my mom! Pshaw! :) Thanks Demetria.

  14. You are blessed to have a magnificent, beautiful, enjoyable mother! May she live in health and smiles for many years to come!
    Diana at About myself, by myself…

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