How Much Your Mother Loves You

Photo of my mother, Judy Dagle Swanay, and me; September 1963. I was about 1 month old. (Original photo in possession of Elizabeth O’Neal)

“You’ll never really know how much your mother loved you until you become a mother yourself.”

My mother used to say this all the time. I never understood what it meant until I had my daughter.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a genealogy and family history researcher, writer, and consultant. Adores good grammar and spelling, and believes the Oxford Comma is just misunderstood. Thrives on large quantities of coffee. One daughter, two rescued hounds, and a plethora of missing ancestors keep her on her toes.


  1. I love that she’s barefoot in this photo…a woman after my own heart!

  2. my mom always said that to me also and she is right you never understand the love for a child until you have your own. Found you on Mom Bloggers!


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