Flashback Friday – Mom Edition

FF.Mom_5Hi and Happy Friday.  I don’t know about you but I am so glad it is Friday.  For today’s Flashback Friday, it is the Mom edition.  Enjoy!

FF.Mom_1This first photo is from years and years ago of me with Mom at the beach house.  We as usual had windblown hair and were wearing our sunglasses.  It is one of my favorites of the two of us. The next is on the same porch when I was very young (and so were my parents).

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms.  I want to wish my mother, my mother-in-law, my sister, my sisters-in-law, my aunts, cousins, nieces, and friends a very Happy Mother’s Day!  May you have wonderful and special celebrations.

I want to say thanks to my mom for all that she taught me.  She loved my siblings and me and was always there for us.  She showed us what mothering is all about. I am fortunate to have learned from her how to be a mother for my own child.

FF.Mom_2Until I became a mother I had no idea what it felt like to have your heart living outside of your body. Or having a little person who has heard a mom’s heart from the inside.  Wow! Motherhood is a gift and I am happy to be a part of the club.

Not to say it’s always easy because it isn’t.  There are struggles and many tough times but with other mothers to help and our spouses, the journey seems easier. Thanks to all of the moms in my life who have taught me, supported me, and have been there for me.

A few quotes about mothers:

  • “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” ~ Author Unknown
  • “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
  • “Mother — that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.” ~ T. DeWitt Talmage
  • “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” ~ Marion C. Garretty
  • “A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” ~ Author Unknown

Happy Mother’s Day!  Hope you enjoy your weekend.  I plan to.

Happy Late Mother’s Day!!

Hi and Happy Monday!  Hope all of you moms had a great Mother’s Day.  Happy late Mother’s Day to all of the moms in my life.  I am blessed to know so many great women who are amazing mothers.  To my mother and mother-in-law, hope you both had a great and very special day.  To my sister, sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts, and friends, hope your day was great as well.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the three of us from many years ago.  Ian and I were being silly with our mouths wide open.  We were having fun at the beach.  Looking forward to seeing this location again this summer!

I had a great Mother’s Day weekend.  I enjoyed lunch out on Saturday and brunch on Sunday after church. Kirk and Ian took me out on Saturday for yummy fish tacos. We had a fun visit and enjoyed taking our time.  Sunday after church, we ate with my parents, aunt, and cousins.  Fun time with some great moms!!  We took pictures at both meals and enjoyed being together.

I  was going to write yesterday but ended up having a very lazy afternoon and it was fabulous.  How often do we moms get to spend a few hours doing exactly what we want to?  Not very many, that’s for sure.

Ian was busy and Kirk was too, so I had time to read, watch a few movies, do my word finds, and relax.  Today we are back to school, work, Cub Scout meetings, and all of our usual stuff.  So, my lazy yesterday was extra special.

I had planned to include the Mom’s version of 1 Corinthians 13 in my blog yesterday, but then didn’t write it. So I am including it today.  It is in my Mom’s Devotional Bible that I received while in MOPS. I hope that it means as much to you as it did to me.

  • Though I lecture and harp at my children and have not love, I will be background noise to rebellious thoughts.
  • And though I wisely warn them not to use the street as a playground, or they’ll be killed; and though I patiently explain why snails live in mobile homes, and I give endless answers to life’s other mysteries; and though I have faith that can remove mountains of ignorance — yet never hug my children — I have taught nothing.
  • And though I slave over a steaming stove with balanced diets and complicated recipes and even burn my fingers — yet never smile as I serve — I have not really fed them.
  • A truly loving mother suffers through unfinished sentences, clutter, nicks on furniture, sleepless nights and adolescent insults; and is kind enough to think her kids are the greatest. A loving mother tries not to resent her children for being free like she used to be, and she doesn’t brag about how she never talked to her mom that way.
  • Real love considers a childish nightmare more urgent than her need for sleep; is not shattered by the title “Meanest Mom”; doesn’t shame a toddler who breaks training or a teen who still spills milk; steadfastly refuses to entertain visions of escape; and does not smirk as her child trips over the toy he refused to put away (but with silent wisdom rejoices in the effective lessons of experience).
  • Mother-love has arms strong from lifting, a heart large with believing, a mind stretched with hoping, shoulders soft with enduring, and knees bent with committing.
  • True mother-love never fails to point her child to the Author of Love.

To my mother, thanks for all that you have done for me throughout my life.  You have taught me so much and I am truly thankful. I love you.

To our son, I am happy and honored to be your mother.  You have enriched my life in so many ways. I am loving seeing you grow up and become a young man.  I will love you always and forever.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERATomorrow is Mother’s Day.  I decided to write this today since we will be busy tomorrow with a variety of activities. Happy early Mother’s Day!!!!!

I am blessed to know, love, and spend lots of time with my mother!  (Here I am last year with my mother and son at a Mother’s Day luncheon).

A special note to my Mom:

*Thanks Mom for all that you taught me and have done for me over the years!  And you still continue to do so much for me, and my husband, and our son.

*When I was a child, I didn’t appreciate you as I should have when you were at home helping us with all of our activities.  I suppose I took it for granted and didn’t know any better.  Now that I have my own son, I see what you did in a new light.  Now I appreciate all that you did to make my childhood so special.  Mom, I Love You so very much!!!

I also want to say Happy Mother’s Day to my mother-in-law, sister, sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts, nieces, and friends.   All of you are great mothers and people who I have learned a lot from.  It is so nice to have such strong women and great mothers in my circle of people.  You all rock!!!

1596Being a mother has been one of the most rewarding, yet most challenging things ever in my life.  I never expected to love my son as much as I do, or his daddy so much.

I never appreciated my own mother more than the first night we brought him home from the hospital.  And, even though I am a grown woman, I still want my mommy when I don’t feel well.

Moms are amazing and I am privileged to be a part of the mom club.

To my mother, I want to say thank you for:

  • Loving me as much as you did and still do
  • Teaching me the meaning of family
  • Showing love and what a marriage should be
  • Demonstrating a mother’s love and what it means
  • Providing discipline as it was needed
  • Encouraging me throughout my life
  • Passing along your love of music, reading, singing, and family time to me
  • Showing the importance of friendships and staying in regular touch
  • Sharing my motherhood adventure with me and my siblings
  • Being there when I have needed you

To my mother, the mothers in my family, and my friends who are moms, I love you all and am so glad to be on this mom adventure with you.  May you have a fun and blessed day!

Some quotes about motherhood:

  • “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” ~Marion C. Garretty
  • “A mother understands what a child does not say.” ~Author Unknown
  • “A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.” ~Author Unknown
  • “Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” ~Ambrose Bierce
  • “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” ~Elizabeth Stone
  • “The phrase “working mother” is redundant.” ~Jane Sellman
  • “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” ~Lisa Alther
  • “Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing.” ~Toni Morrison
  • “Mommies are just big little girls.” ~Author Unknown
  • “Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do.” ~Author Unknown
  • “There’s nothing like a mama-hug.” ~Terri Guillemets
  • “Mother is a verb, not a noun.” ~Proverb
  • “Mom — the person most likely to write an autobiography and never mention herself.” ~Robert Brault
  • “The mother of boys work son-up to son-down.” ~Author Unknown

I wonder what new mothering adventures I will have with Ian.  I can’t wait to find out and have my friends and family with me.

Throwback Thursday / Happy Mother’s Day

n539281610_366595_2660 In honor of the upcoming Mother’s Day, here are two great photos for Throwback Thursday.

The first is of me as a new mom.  This was the first week after Ian came home from the NICU and after his first bath.  He was just there for four days and we were so happy when he did come home.

Ian was a big baby – 9 lbs 15 oz — so he never wore newborn clothing.  He was in the NICU for breathing issues and problems with his sucking.  Thankfully his pediatrician found out the problem, took care of it, and then he was fine.

I am thankful for my sweet boy and my husband who is helping me teach him and love him and have fun with him.

SRP.72.Bill.Mairzy.Patti.late1960sThe second is me with my mom and dad when I was a young child.  We are sitting together on our beach house front porch many, many years ago. I love this location and these two people very much.

I am blessed to have a mom who taught me a lot and who is as crazy about her grandkids as her kids.  That is a real blessing. Thanks Mom for all you have done for me and all that you have taught me.  I can never thank you enough.

A few quotes about motherhood:

  • “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” ~Tenneva Jordan
  • “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” ~Author Unknown
  • “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
  • “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

I wonder what new mom adventures I will have today?  I can’t wait to see Ian after school and see what happens!

(Note to my subscribers – I hit publish before the blog was finished so you received an incomplete blog.  This is the corrected version.)

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!!