Happy Mother’s Day! (a tribute to my Mama)

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone from Creatively Sam’s

Mother’s Day is a bittersweet day for me.  I love spending time with my kiddo, but on the other hand, I really miss my Mama. So, I thought I’d give a little tribute to her on this very special Mother’s Day.

Mama was the biggest inspiration in my life.  She was my roll model, my best friend, & my hero. She never judged me, but always encouraged me to be the best I could be.  She always believed in me, and encouraged all of my dreams.

We talked all of the time, about everything & anything, for hours upon hours.  And because of that, there is nothing that was left unsaid when she was called home to Heaven.

Mama was a Cpl. in the Marines in WWII.  They were some of her happiest days:

Rita Elizabeth Halligan Monahan USMC WWIIRita USMC-crop.Rita USMC summer uniform

Always so beautiful, inside & out.  She had a heart of gold, a wonderful sense of humor, and a smile that would light up a room.


So beautiful that an artist did a pencil sketch of her.

I found this sketch of her, done by an artist named Kelly.  (His signature was a K inside a circle).  I don’t know if she posed for this, and she never said.  (they were dating at the time this was done)  But it was definitely a sketch of her.  That much she did tell me. 🙂

Pencil Sketch of Rita

I learned so much from her when I was growing up.  My deep faith in God was nurtured by her. (she always reminded me that Jesus was my best friend)  And I’m sure that I got my strength from her.  I think a lot of that not only came from her days in the Marines, but her Irish heritage.

My Mama & Me

She began painting in her later years.  (I guess the artist in me comes naturally).  She split up her maiden name (Halligan) to use as her signature on her paintings.  “Ligan Hall”

Painting By Ligan Hall

This is one of my favorite pictures of me with my Mama on my wedding day.  I thank God that she was still with me to share one of the most important days of my life.

Sam & her Mama

I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane.

And, Mama, until we meet again, I miss you & love you more than words can ever say.