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!

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.

 

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!!