09 March 2013

Birthday Girl

Today my Mother would have been 82, so I thought I would share some of my favorite pictures of her. 

Stella Lucille Cooper Mosqueda was the fourth of eleven children. She
is the little girl in front. She used to talk about living in this log cabin. 

At 21, Mother left for Cuba, to be a missionary. This is her on the right,
with her sister, Helen, preparing to fly off to share the gospel.

In Cuba, Stella met a young evangelist
named Ignacio Mosqueda. Their
love story is the stuff of movies.

Mother and Daddy had a wonderful life in Cuba.
She spoke of it all the time. She loved Cuba,
and loved the work they did, planting
churches and winning the lost.
This is one of my very favorite pictures.
I didn't often get to see my parents being
a couple. I know she was sorry when they
had to leave, after the Cuban Revolution. 

Here is my family/ I am in the center. My eldest sister, Joy,
is on the left. My next sister in on the right, Jill.

In 2000 my mother traveled to Africa on a short-term missions trip, preaching and teaching.  She was showered with gifts before she left, and after
she came home she shared the memories with us all.

This is from January 2012, as she hold her first great-grandchild.
Annaka brought her the greatest happiness her last year.

Last summer I decided to get a snapshot of us together. I realized I didn't have any pictures with her, and thought it might be a good way to pass a nice afternoon. It was, and I am so glad I have these memories and photos.

Mother loved sitting on our little deck, and loved drinking coffee!
Together, this was the best of times.

Before it became too cold, I wanted to get out potted plants re-potted,
and I knew she would  enjoy this. My Mother could make a rock grow!
This tree is a grapefruit tree she grew from a seed. 

I miss those hands.

This was Thanksgiving 2012. The look of love for Annaka, her great-granddaughter, as her Mommy Beth hold her, just melts my heart each
time I see it. She was truly happy, when she was with that little girl.

There were some other pictures I wanted to post, but my computer wouldn't do it for some reason. I guess these are a good enough sampling of her life and loves. There can never be too many pictures, can there? 

So glad for this woman. She taught me so many important lessons, and left me such a rich inheritance of faith, courage, and strength. Such a good woman!


  1. Oh this is so sweet....Thanks so much for sharing. What a Godly heritage you have! Your mother looks sooooo kind.

    I'm looking forward to hearing more about your parents, more pics to come right? : )

    That log home photo is great, I would love to hear your mother's stories on that. Her parents are so handsome. It must have been very difficult for them to say goodbye to their daughter leaving for Cuba. Please share all about it! : )

    You are adorable, I hope your day today is a good one in the Lord. May He send you lots of sweet little surprises this week! God be with you in a mighty way. *hugs*

  2. Thank you, Amelia. I do hope to share more. I find it's important to write things down, before they get lost to in our memories. It's horrible how things start to fade. No wonder the Lord told the Children of Israel to tell their stories to their children, and grandchildren. To keep telling them. It's important.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend! :)

  3. Beautiful, just beautiful. Her life was truly extraordinary! Can you even image how much fun she's having up there on her birthday with our awesome Creator! Happy Birthday, Stella!


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