We are blessed to celebrate our mother’s 100th Birthday. She was
born 28 Nov 1915 in Rositas, Coahuila, Mexico.
Esther married Ernesto Cárdenas in May 1937 and had 12 children
(10 daughters and two sons). Dad built their home at 500 San
Felipe Street, Del Rio, TX. The home consisted of a kitchen and a
bedroom made out of adobe which still is part of the home.
Mom is a strong Christian prayer warrior who always prayed for
family and friends. Her daughter, Aurora, recalls her Mom always
saying, “dejale las cosas a Dios” and “Dios es muy Grande”,
whenever she shared concerns with her Mom. She supported
various Christian charities and her favorite was the Lottie Moon
Ministries who supports Missionaries all over the world.
Our Mom has always been an industrious woman who also
handled the family finances and enjoyed cooking from scratch,
sewing, quilting, crocheting, embroidering and gardening. She
taught her children and grandchildren all of these skills. Mom
used a “molcajete” to grind fresh spices such as garlic, black
pepper, chiles, and tomatoes. Mom also made hand-made corn
and flour tortillas. The smell of fresh food is forever etched in our
minds. All staples were purchased in large quantities such as 100
lb sacks of potatoes, pinto beans, rice, flour, apples, and oranges.
Her oldest daughter, Mere (Maria Consuelo) recalls looking for
the prettiest cotton print on the flour sacks as Mom made our
bloomers out of the flour sacks.
In the early days, chickens were raised for fresh eggs and poultry. Also,
Mom made soap for laundry. Mom and Dad always made sure we
never lacked for anything. When the first three daughters were young,
Mom and Dad made a living on ranches where Dad trapped for furs
and Mom did the cooking while living in a tent. They returned home
after the trapping season. Mom has always been a hardworker with a
strong faith in God, always trusting in God to provide. Anyone that
came to the home hungry would get fed. Immigrants were aware
that stopping at our home meant they would be provided with
a meal and tacos for the road as they went on their way. Mom
has always helped anyone in need.
Our mother is loved by her 12 children, 29 grandchildren, 48
great grandchildren, and 8 great, great grandchildren. Her
100th Birthday was celebrated with a luncheon hosted
by all family members, music, and entertainment.
Decorations were antique cups and saucers decorated
with flowers, mainly purple flowers, her favorite color.
We thank God for blessing us
with our Mother. Mom’s
favorite Psalm is: Psalm-23
which starts with, “Dios
es mi Pastor y nada me faltara...”