One of the last pictures of Mom and I

No doubt most Moms have a variety of favorite phrases and special bits of advice that are frequently repeated during their children’s growing-up years. These are “catchphrases”. According to Wikipedia, “A catchphrase (or catch-phrase) is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance.”…. . If we liked them or not, we heard Mom’s catchphrases often…and little did we realize that they would play an important part in molding us into who we are as adults, and be engrained in our memories forever.
In our case, Mom relied heavily on the wisdom of King Salomon, and repeated certain Proverbs so often that we almost knew beforehand which one she would shoot at us in any given situation. Here are a few of those Proverbs:
“He who diggeth a pit falleth in”…she knew very well that sometimes siblings can be very conniving!
“A soft answer turneth away wrath”…that one was a handy one with 6 kids in the house!
“Pride cometh before a fall”…all we can say to that one is “Ouch!”
Mom also had some other favorite catchphrases:
“Now say 10 nice things about him (or her)”…that was hard to do after complaining about someone!!
“Be good”…EVERY time we walked out the door.
It’s easy to serve the Lord when you’re not worried about getting the credit”…and Mom joyfully served Him till she was 90+ years old!
I can’t thank God enough for having given me a Mom who worked hard at reiterating her catchphrases, diligently instilling Biblical principles in my life through them….yet what I’m even more thankful for is that she not only repeated them, she lived them! Happy Mother’s Day!



  1. Carole says:

    This was so MOM! Do you remember when she would tell us to “sing our complaint” to whoever was picking on us, and we’d tell on him/her? It worked, too. We’d burst out laughing at each other.
    Mom was such a pattern for our lives, and I always wanted to grow up and be like her. 🙂
    Thanks for this post.


    • Forgot that. But I DO remember when she and Janet and Pop would yell “peanut butter” when one of them was really getting ready mad at another, and they’d all end up laughing. (Don’t know where it came from, but it worked!)


  2. peg toth says:

    How about: Divider gets last choice. And then there was “let not the sun go down on your wrath”, now KISS and make up before you go to bed. (And you’ll go to bed before dad and I and we’re going to bed, NOW!”
    Amd everything is to be fair and square!. And “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do” (that one got me all the time!) I could go on and on and on…I passed a lot of these on to our own children. Mom had wisdom beyond her years. I suspect she read that scripture frequently with try8ing to teach us 6) “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally.” I just know mom really took that to heart.


  3. Peggy says:

    Thank you, Kathy!
    I hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow.
    I am thankful that you are my friend.
    I love you.


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