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.

Throwback Thursday – My Heart

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday!  Today’s Photo-A-Day Challenge is Heart.  This little guy has my heart.  Our sweet son is so precious to both my husband and me.  We love him so much. We have a special bond.  I am so appreciative of that and all that he is.

This photo was taken at San Diego Zoo many years ago.  This partial xylophone was in the kids section and Ian was having a great time trying to play it.  Maestro, ready, set, go!

I never realized how it would feel to have part of my heart walking around in this little person.  And, also realizing he has heard my heartbeat from the inside is quite profound.

Today I am thankful for:

  • A boy who still loves music as much as on this day at the zoo
  • My husband and son — the two loves of my life
  • My parents and siblings who I have known my entire life
  • Friends who make me laugh
  • Friends who I share a joke with
  • A friend going home from the hospital with good news
  • Family who I will get to see this summer
  • Other family who although I won’t see this year, we still keep in touch
  • A homemade mother’s day card
  • Amazing teachers who have meant so much to Ian this year
  • Friends made through school activities
  • Messy morning hair
  • Hugs and kisses
  • Hearing “I love you”
  • My many blessings

I wonder what fun things we will do with Ian this evening and upcoming weekend? I can’t wait to find out and enjoy being with my sweet boy.

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!!