Every day is mother’s day

Eloise Ogden/MDN Sarah Bradshaw, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, is shown at the Parker Center in Minot. She will observe Mother’s Day with family members in Minot.

Every day is mother’s day for mothers, although there’s one day of the year officially designated to honor them – Mother’s Day, which is this Sunday.

Mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Sarah Bradshaw said one of the best things about Mother’s Day with her family members in Minot is “just being together.”

Bradshaw, originally from southeast Missouri, is a new resident of Minot, having moved here last August to be near her daughter, Vhonda Bunce.

Born and raised at Carethersville, Mo., Bradshaw grew up on a cotton farm along the Mississippi River. She then married.

When she and her husband, living in Hays, Kan., at the time, had been married for 10 years they adopted their daughter.

“She was just born. We took her home from the hospital. After 10 years that was such a thrill. That was the first year I could be claimed with the mothers on Mother’s Day,” she said.

Now besides her daughter, Bradshaw has three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

“It just got better and better from motherhood to grandchildrenhood to great-grandmotherhood,” she said. All of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren live out of state except her 12-year-old grandson who lives here in Minot with his mother.

Bradshaw came from a large family. “My mother had 12 children,” she said, adding her mother was “wonderful” at taking care of such a large family. “She lived to be 99 and a half,” she said.

“She always kept control of it. Once you don’t have control of it, you’re going to lose control,” she said of her mother’s skills in having a large family.

As children, she and her siblings worked on the farm. “My dad was a cotton farmer and we worked in the fields. We chopped cotton, picked cotton, helped with the garden and canning, and we had cows. We milked cows. I didn’t have to (milk cows) but the boys did. We didn’t have time to get in trouble,” she said.

If one of them did get in trouble, there was the peach tree limb, she said. That was what her mother used when she gave a spanking. “We knew we were in bad trouble if we got in trouble,” Bradshaw said. “I didn’t so much but my twin brother sure got in lots of trouble.” Later on her twin brother and another brother became ministers.

“Another thing that we did all of our lives is we always attended church together. I can’t remember when we didn’t,” Bradshaw said. She said her parents were good examples. “My dad or mom neither smoked or drank. Bradshaw said her dad was self-educated. “He never heard a word that he didn’t learn how to use it or spell,” she said.

Bradshaw, who moved to Minot from Poplar Bluffs, Mo., said she’s enjoying living in Minot where her daughter works at Margie’s Art Glass Studio in downtown Minot. “I see her almost every day,” Bradshaw said.

On Mother’s Day, Bradshaw said she will be spending it with her daughter and grandson. “We’ll be together,” she said.

Another mother, Sally Hambek of Minot, said, “I live by example pretty much. My mother was very strict so I decided I wasn’t going to be that way.”

Hambek, who has three grown children – two sons and a daughter – raised her own children by example.

She said she never really had to discipline them. “They were just well behaved.” But she added she warned her sons if they ever got into trouble and ended up at the police station or in jail she would not come to bail them out.

Overall, she knows everything worked out well for all of them.