Hi Ian’s Mom

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning one of Ian’s friends said, “Hi Ian’s Mom” to me in the hallway before school.  He had to speak up since I didn’t see him at first.  I said hello in return and smiled.  We then  each went our separate ways.

This friend was in the same 1st grade class as Ian, but this year is in a different class.  They are in Cub Scouts together so we still see him. That is nice for Ian and for me since I like this young man.

Ian’s Mom is who I am known as at Ian’s school and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Kids call me that as well as some of the parents.  His friends in his Cub Scout den also call me that.  Other parents, and the teachers and staff know me as Patti and the PTO secretary.

I love being his mom and love him so very much.  I love that he has made friends and continues to do so.  I love that he enjoys going to school.  He is such a sweet boy and so much fun to know and listen to.  Kirk and I are truly blessed to be his parents.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn two days, we will celebrate Ian’s birthday.  He will be 8 years old.  Wow, our sweet baby is really growing up.

The changes that have occurred in his lifetime are just amazing.  He went from crawling, to walking, to running.  From no speech to early words to talking endlessly some days.  He went from thinking he would never learn to read, to reading toddler books, to recently finishing “James and The Giant Peach.”

He now wakes himself up, makes his breakfast, and gets himself ready for school.  He has an alarm set to help him wake up.  So far so good with that.  Next week though is fall break and I told him we won’t be using the alarm clock.  He reluctantly said okay.

Our boy is a young man now.  He is getting very tall and outgrowing clothing and shoes. In the mornings, I often ask him if he has had his growing machine on at night.  He laughs and says, “No Mom.  I am just growing.”

n539281610_366595_2660Before that day 8 years ago, I never knew how much love I had to give.  I didn’t know that I could put someone else’s needs before my own with middle of the night feedings and lack of sleep.  I didn’t realize that someone would be listening and carefully watching all that I do in order to learn for himself.  I didn’t realize that my heart would live outside my body in such a small yet amazing package.

The job of parents is daunting and very hard at times.  After all, our job is to love them, teach them how to behave, to be kind to others, and provide them with discipline.  Then when they are grown, to prepare them for the outside world and eventually say goodbye and leave our home.

It is also the most fulfilling and precious time of my life, of my life with Kirk as co-parents on this journey.  We want the best for our son and do all we can to provide that.  Not only with money and material things, but in special moments and times together, and creating memories.  We listen to him when he talks to us and live in the moment with him.

I teach Ian many things but he continues to teach me each and every day.  From him, I have learned to live in the moment.  I have learned to be truly thankful for each day.  I have learned what love truly is all about.  Ian, I thank you for that and am so proud that you call me Mom.  Your Dad and I love so so very much!

Happy Birthday To You Mom!

1596SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday is my mother’s birthday!  Happy Birthday to you dear Mom!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

I thought an assortment of photos would be nice.  One is of me with Mom and Ian.  We took that on Mother’s Day of 2013. Another  is of the two of us at a yummy Mexican Restaurant in California.  The last one is when I was very young.  It was taken at my grandparents’ house, I think.  I love our hairdo, clothing, and smiles.   We have been smiling and posing ever since!

Tonight we are having my mom and dad over for dinner, cake and ice cream, and then all of us will go to a Cub Scout meeting when Ian will get his first patch.  The fact that they will be there is awesome!  I love that she is sharing her birthday with Ian and his accomplishments!  Should be a fun evening!

My mother loves to be with her children and now her grandchildren!  She loves spending time with all of us and making amazing memories.  She has taught me so much over the years of the importance of family and spending quality time together.

For many years, Mom worked as a teacher.  She was fantastic, did an amazing job of teaching, and loved those kids.  And, they loved her.  Last year, she helped in Ian’s class and that was also great.  She is now retired but still loves teaching and helping children learn to read.

Mom is one of the best singers I know.  I always love hearing her sing Bali Hai from “South Pacific” as well as O Holy Night during the Christmas season.  She is now the choir director at church after having done that years ago.

She also loves to read, sew, make jewelry, travel to the beach house, and is our family genealogist.  When I was a teenager, we worked on a family book.  This was the era before computers.  So we traveled to many libraries and looked up in many card catalogs with actual cards.  Now, she is doing an update and finding a lot of things online.

Mom, until I became a mother, I didn’t appreciate all that you have done for me.  I cannot thank you enough for always being there for me throughout my life.  You have taught me love, the blessings of family, the love of music, family history, reading, and so much more.

Here are a few quotes about mothers:

  • “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.” ~ Mildred B. Vermont
  • “The phrase “working mother” is redundant.” ~ Jane Sellman
  • “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” ~ Rajneesh
  • “Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.” ~ Rachel Wolchin

I love you very much Mom!  I wish you a very special day!  Looking forward to seeing you tonight!

Throwback Thursday – Mommy to Mom

Ian.Saturday.8-14-14Hi and Happy Thursday.  For today’s Throwback Thursday, I decided to post a really old photo of Ian.  He wasn’t even 1-year-old yet.

I decided it would be fun to post one when he was so very young.  We were at a restaurant while on a trip to the beach.  He was ready for some food or to give a wet and sloppy kiss.  He certainly looks ready for one, doesn’t he?

I wanted to remember my sweet little boy since he informed me yesterday on our walk home from school that he will no longer be calling me Mommy.  My how quickly things change.

“I am going to start calling you Mom,” he said.

“When did you decide this Ian?” I asked him.

“Today during school,” he answered.  “I am in first grade now.”

So, I have been promoted, I guess.  I supposed this is good that he is ready to grow up and move on. But I have to admit I have really liked being called Mommy for all of these years.

I have loved my son at all ages and am continually amazed what a great little person he is becoming.  This too is part of the journey.

I almost forgot to mention, as he was getting ready for bed, he slipped and called me Mommy.  YES!!  I suppose it may be both names for a while.  I will enjoy that extra syllable as long as he is willing to use it!

I wonder what he will tell me or call me next?  Should be an adventure finding out.

 

Happy late Birthday Mom!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday was my mother’s birthday!

We had such fun celebrating with her both yesterday and during a family party on Saturday.

I didn’t take the time to write anything then.  But I did want to wish her well and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU online.

I love my Mom and love that we are friends.  She has taught me so much – both as a child and now that I too am a parent. She is a great example for me and I am so thankful for her.

Like me, she loves to read, sing, take photos, spend time with family and friends.  And, she loves her children and grandchildren more than words.

Here are a few pictures of us.  The first one is with her on Mother’s Day earlier this year with Ian. The other two are from many, many years ago.SRP.34_Mairy.Patti.Artha.1968 SRP.72.Bill.Mairzy.Patti.late1960s The first is me with my mother and her mother.  We were having fun at the beach.  The last picture is of me with both of my parents.

Thanks Mom for everything!  I love you very much.

My Mother, My Friend

1596Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mother!

I am very fortunate to have a mother who is loving, caring, intelligent, fun, and loves to be with her family.

She has taught me a lot of wonderful things — both as a child and now as a parent.  I am so thankful to have her as my mom since she is such a blessing in my life.

Mom will always first and foremost be my mother.  But it has been nice as an adult and a parent of my own child, to also have her as a friend.

Here we are pictured together when I was very, very young!  I love this picture of the two of us.

Mom was a stay-at-home mother who was active in my childhood and that of my sister and brother.  She would take us to various activities, practices, and the Camp Fire groups as well.

We also loved to go camping and to the beach house that was her parents.   In addition, we were active in church activities, including choir, and various items in our town.

We worked together on our family genealogy book in the early 80s.  During that time, research had to be done at libraries and going to graveyards.  No online databases were available.  Now, she is working on updating this book, but this time has the help of the computer.  How cool is that?!

My son Ian loves to be with his grandma.  They like to read and chat about all kinds of things, and look up pictures on the computer.  In addition, when we aren’t with her he likes to talk to her on the phone.  “Hi Gramma,” he’ll say.  The fact that he knows her is so precious to me.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERALast summer we had a great time at the beach.  Here Mom and I are pictured with my sister Cindy.  This is one of our favorite places!!! Thanks to Mom and Dad for having this beach house to go to!!!

I realize how blessed I truly am to have grown up in the family I did — both my immediate family and extended family.  I learned so much about love, respect, differences in people, and what family truly means.

And, I look forward to teaching my son the same things.  I love that Mom can help me with these lessons!

I love you Mom!  So glad we get to go to church on Mother’s Day morning with you and then enjoy brunch with some other dear family members!  We are blessed!!

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Happy Mother’s Day also to the other wonderful women in my life who are mothers.

To my sisters, aunts, grandmother, cousins, niece, and friends, may you have a fun and blessed mother ‘s day!

May you have a great day with your family!!!!!!!  Love you all as well.

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To my husband and son who are the reason that I am a mother, thank you!  You both are so precious to me and I am blessed to enjoy each day with the two of you.

To you Ian, I am trying to be the best mommy for you.  I love you with all my heart and always will!

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A few quotes about mother’s:

  • “All mothers are working mothers.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”  ~ Sophia Loren
  • “A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.” ~ Author Unknown
  • “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”  ~ Washington Irving

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I wonder if I will be as good a mother for my son as my mother was for me.  I hope and pray that I am!!