Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.
Colossians 3:23, HCSB
As a teenager, Elizabeth Tilley traveled with her parents to the New World from Plymouth, England in September 1620 aboard the Mayflower. One of her fellow passengers, John Howland, fell overboard but was miraculously rescued. Shortly after their arrival, the two were married. They had 10 children and 88 grandchildren, providing rich legacy of Mayflower descendants. Among the number: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Humphrey Bogart, and Phillips Brooks, the author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Elizabeth outlived her husband by fourteen years, and she was an extraordinary active mother and grandmother, always busy cooking, sewing, cleaning, gardening, and caring for loved ones. If you visit her gravestone, you’ll see it inscribed with these words: “It is my will and charge to all my children that they walk in fear of the Lord, and in love and peace towards each other.”
Mothers who do their work enthusiastically for the Lord leave a legacy that shapes history.
I give and commit my soul unto Almighty God my Savior and Redeemer in whom by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe assuredly to be saved.
~ Elizabeth Tilley Howland ~