Happy Birthday to Mom!

HB.Mom.10-6-15Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear MOM, Happy Birthday to you!  I called and sang this to my mother this morning and she was pleased.

Today is Mom’s birthday and we will celebrate this evening with dinner and cake with my parents at our house.  The fact we live so close to one another is really nice on these special days.

I am blessed to still have my mother and cherish her each day.  I have several friends who have lost their mothers. I can only imagine how hard that is and my heart goes out to them.

This photo was taken in San Diego at the beach house when I was a little girl.  I love everything about it.  It is great to see my parents as they were young and just starting out in their parenting.  Now they are parents to three, in-laws to three, and grandparents to five.

I cherish my mother and Thank the Lord for her each day.  And, since I am a mother, I have come to appreciate her even more.  She has taught me so much.  She is loving to my son and loves to spend time with him.

For many years, my mother taught and impacted so many young people.  She had a gift and still does in reaching kids, and taught many students how to read.  While we were growing up, she was a Camp Fire leader and very active and supportive of all three of us.

After retiring a few years ago, she has found plenty to keep her busy.  She is the choir director at our church, after serving as interim for a while.  She is a lovely singer and director.  I had the pleasure of singing with the choir on Sunday and it was a lot of fun!

And, she is working on an update of our family history book.  It is absolutely fascinating to read about all that she has found.  There are so many treasures.  I am helping to edit the book and having a blast!

And, she has been a champion for my brother and sister and I to know and spend lots of time with our extended family — her parents, aunts and uncles, siblings, cousins, and their families.  It has meant the world to know all of them.

My mom is:

  • Loving and giving
  • An amazing and gifted singer
  • Passionate about her life
  • Fun to be with
  • Devoted to her husband
  • A loving mother and mother-in-law
  • A grandmother who loves to spoil the grandkids
  • Generous to those in her life
  • A font of genealogy knowledge
  • A comfort when I feel sick — even as a grownup
  • A dear friend to me
  • A model of motherly love
  • Someone who loves to spend time with friends and family

Happy Birthday to you Mom!  Love you always!!! GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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 – Beach House and Big Hair

Throwback_Thursday_2-27-2014Hi and Happy Thursday!  How are you doing on this next to last day of month?  Can you believe it — a few days away from March?  This year is flying by.

Today I decided to post a fun picture from the late 1980s (87 or 88) for Throwback Thursday.  It is of myself and my mother at the beach house we love so much.  Don’t you just love our big hair?  That was such a part of the 1980s and 1990s.

This house looks quite different now and has shutters, but it is still a favorite gathering place for our family’s multiple generations.  I think this photo was taken before our family friend made a special table with benches for the porch.  It turned the porch into our dining room and often has been the favorite “room” in the house.  Look one direction, you have a view of the ocean.  Look the other, the bay across a street.

This was taken when I was in my 20s and still super skinny.  To be that size again would be amazing. I just didn’t realize how good I had it at that age.  I could eat nearly anything that I wanted to, stayed pretty active, and I didn’t seem to gain any weight.  It was easier at that age.  One difference was I was in college, living in a dorm with no elevator, and had no car.  So I walked miles and miles each day.  I am working on the walking again and hope to do more and more each week.

In the 1980s and other years since, I have tried long and medium length hair.  Short hair has always been better for me but it has been fun to try different lengths.  I may have even had a perm in this style.  I just can’t remember.  Mom has had a variety of short styles — sometimes with more hair than others.  This particular time was more hair.

I also think that both of us have bigger hair because of the ocean breeze.  That always makes a difference for both of us.  At this particular beach with your windows open, you don’t need air conditioning since the breeze is constant.  I love the feeling of that breeze and the smell of the ocean in the air. Actually I love all things about the beach and being near the beach.  I love the sound and feel of the ocean, the sand in my toes, the relaxed way that I always feel, and the fun that we always have.

The down side is because of all of the salt, it is very hard on metal.   A few years ago, my dad changed the lock on the porch gate.  It was rusty and corroded and looked like it had been in the elements for years, yet it had been changed the previous year.  It was amazing how quickly that changed.  That salt is also hard on buildings and cars at the beach.  Rust quickly appears on many things that are outside.

This is just one of many photos from that summer and that era.  I will have to share others.  And, I’d love to hear about your big hair and beach adventures.

I wonder when the next time will be that I am at this beach house with my mother?  It may be a while since money is more limited these days.  There still is plenty of fun to be had.  And on the plus side, we had 5 years in a row that we went.  So, I certainly don’t feel deprived.  Hope you have a great day!