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 Birthday Mom!

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life.”  ~Abraham Lincoln

Well stated Mr. Lincoln!  A mother’s love is an amazing thing.  I was blessed to have and still have a wonderful mother!!!

Today is my mother’s birthday!  Yeah!  We get to celebrate with her today for her party.  I am so looking forward to the party which she is graciously sharing with Ian.  We are celebrating the two of them together and it will be a fun evening.

The above picture was taken many years ago in San Diego of my mother on the left, me in the middle, and my grandma (Mom’s mom) on the right.  It is one of my favorites of our early days going to our family’s favorite beach.  We have many memories from being at that beach together.  In fact, two of the photos that I am including today are from Mission Beach in CA.

I love my mom, whose given name is Mary but is called Mairzy (after the song Mairzy Doats)!  She is a lot of fun and great to talk to.  She has a great zest for life and is always up for time with her kids and grandkids!

My mom was a stay-at-home while the three of us kids were growing up.  Before and after we came along, she was a teacher and a fabulous one at that!  Before I was born, she taught 1st grade and then after myself, my sister Cindy, and brother Richmond were grown, she went back to school, earned a master’s degree and went on to teach kindergarten for a long time.  She has a way with making learning exciting for young children!  And she does that with her grandchildren!  (This picture is of the two of us in the late 1980s on the beach house front porch.)

Mom loves to read, especially mysteries, sing in the church choir and family sing-alongs, watch favorite shows on TV, rest, enjoy the beach and many other things.  She is a soprano with a soaring voice.  Two of my favorites that she sings are “Bali Hai” and “O Holy Night.”  But, I must admit, when I was growing up, I didn’t appreciate her voice as much when we were in the car trying to listen to the radio.

Each birthday growing up, Mom made sure to make us feel very special and we had the best birthdays.  At several of my birthday parties, we made Christmas ornaments.  I still have a few of these from then and enjoy having them on the tree.  A few years ago, a friend of mine told me she used to love coming to my parties and that they were the best.  That was thanks to Mom!

Until I had my own son, I didn’t truly or fully appreciate the depth of love that a mother has for her child/children.  I found that I appreciated my mother so much more after having my own son.  And, I find myself doing a lot of things as she used to do.  Funny, isn’t it how that often happens.

When I was growing up I didn’t want her to teach me how to do much in the kitchen — that teenage rebellion kicked in apparently.  Now, I enjoy doing things with her and Ian!  I want him to learn and need her to help me with those items that I didn’t have the patience to develop early on.

And, I must admit, even today when I am sick and feeling like total crud, I want my mommy!  How about you?  Nothing like a hug and encouraging word from someone who loves you unconditionally and wants only the best for you.  That is what she has always wanted for me and my siblings.  We are truly blessed!

One thing that is truly special and something I cherish, is that each summer since Ian was born, we have had the chance to go to the beach for up to a month with my parents and other family members.  A few times, it has been just me, Mom and Ian.   Wonderful memories were made and much fun was had by all!!

We are currently going to the same church as my parents.  It is fun to see them each week and have Ian have regular time with his grandparents.  This is a picture from Easter this year of (from left) me, Kirk, Ian, Mom and Dad.  (Ian also spends a lot of time with his other set of grandparents.)

I thank the Lord each day for my mother!  She has been a true blessing to me and I so appreciate all that she has done for me over the years.  She taught me to be independent, want to learn, enjoy the love of family, singing, reading, and how to live your faith.  I just hope that I can be the same kind of mother to my son!

A few quotes about mothers:

  • “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 love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”  ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul
  • “[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” ~Emily Dickinson
  • “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
  • “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.”  ~Lisa Alther
  • “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” ~Victor Hugo
  • “Mother is a verb, not a noun.”  ~Proverb