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Friday, May 8, 2009

~A Mother.... Me ... and My Mother~

Have you ever really thought about what it takes to be a mother? Starting out as a new mother isn't that big of a deal. You have to kiss all boo boo's and make them feel better, chase away monsters from under bed, cook a good hot dog, and know how to play hide and seek. As time goes on you have to have to know how to listen without commenting and know that when things are not alright, you aren't supposed to ask "what's wrong." Man that is hard to do sometimes.

My firstborn Aaron was my "Little Man." We did everything together. He was my shopping buddy and I was his biggest fan. He was so darn smart too. There wasn't anything that kid couldn't figure out for himself. He was so polite and well mannered that adults would come up to me in the store and say what a well behaved little boy he was. That was music to my ears. (sorry the pictures are so blurry. i had to take pictures of pictures for this post)

My "Little Man" is now my "Big Man". He is 21 years old and will embark on his Senior Year of College this fall. My hubby and I had already been married for 2 years when I was 21. I can't even imagine him being married now. I was Aaron's Biggest Fan when he played sports. He always asked me after each game, "Mom how come you are the only mother I heard yelling when we were playing?" I guess his playing just excited me so and I couldn't control my emotions.

My second little pride and joy was my baby girl, better known as "Sissy Girl." God blessed me with a beautiful curly red head baby girl. How lucky was I. Allison of course hated the red hair. For Christmas one year she asked Santa for a black wig. She loved to perform and sing for us. I thought she had star potential at an early age. I mean what mother doesn't think her little girl has talent!! Allison was such a momma's girl. She would tag after me and try to do everything I did. How easy things were then. (doesn't she look a bit like the lion from the Wizard of Oz?)

Now my "Sissy Girl" is a teenager and she thinks she knows it all. Everything that happens in her life is a major drama. I don't remember it being so hard when I was a teenager. Then ago that was a hundred years ago. Allison is a lot like her dad but we do have a few similarities. We both share a passion for clothes and we love to talk. To this day she still calls Aaron "Brother." I'm not sure she knows what his real name is.

I myself have been blessed with a very special mother. My mother is a God fearing Christian woman that has been there for me no matter what I have needed. Growing up the youngest of 10 children, I had to share her quite a bit with my siblings. Mom never made us kids feel like she loved one of us more than the other. (Although secretly I know I am her favorite. Right mom?) Finally at age 13, I had her all to myself. All my brothers and sisters were married off and had families of their own. Mom taught me how to cook and clean. She was the perfect example of how to be a good wife and mother. She taught me that God should be first in my life and I should raise my children in church the way she did her kids.

Mom and dad watched my kids while my husband and I worked. I think out of the 50+ grandchildren they have, mine are the closest to them. They took my kids everywhere they went. I think hanging around with mom and dad all day made them smarter in school as well. They were always around adults. When my dad died, my son fell apart. I didn't think he would ever stop crying that day. His best buddy was gone and there was nothing he could do about it.

Mom has struggled a big part of her life with health issues but she never let her pain show through to us kids. She has had multiple surgeries, hip and knee replacements, foot surgery, stomach surgery, etc. Never once do I remember hearing her complain about the pain she was going through. All she worried about was how her family was doing and was everyone alright. Her heart problems are our biggest concern with her today. She is now 82 and pretty much set in her ways so she has no desire to have anymore surgeries to fix her heart problems or any other problems she may have. God will see her through until her last breath is her motto.

Mom now lives alone in her own home on our property so she is never far from me. I see or talk to her everyday. She is more than a mother to me. She is my best friend. We go out to eat together, we attend church together and we also just sit around and talk to each other about everything. My mother knows more secrets about me than even my best friends in high school did. I adore her.

Now I'll share with you what my kids got me for Mothers Day. These are the most beautiful flowers ever. I have been so blessed by my children and words cannot express how much I love them. They are my heart and my soul.

In closing, I would like to say "Happy Mother's Day" to all my friends old and new. Have a wonderful day.

With Warm Hugs,


  1. A very Happy Mother's Day to you as well Amy!!

    hugs, Linda

  2. Such a beautiful story! I hope both you and your mom have a happy day.

  3. Happy Mother's Day Amy
    What a beautiful family.

  4. Happy Mother's Day to you and your wonderful mom:)

  5. Amy what a great post. Happy Mother's Day to you.


  6. Amy,

    This was absolutely the sweetest favorite kind...about your love for those dearest to you! Your children are beautiful! I love Allison's red hair! You are very blessed to have the family you have...including your dear mother and your dad!

    My son's girlfriend is one of 8 children, which you don't see as much these days, and she loves it too! I love big families!

    Thanks for sharing this sweet post and glad you have a great Mother's Day!


  7. I love what you wrote about your children and your mother! How sweet and moving! I can so relate to what you wrote about your son, because i am my son's biggest fan and often do the same thing! Enjoy your weekend!

  8. Hey Amy,

    I did get me a light for my bathroom, but Jason and I had a hard time agreeing on one! :) Would you believe we ended up finding one at Home Depot that is supposed to be an exterior light? It is rustic bronze and we both liked it! Sometimes a little compromise is in order, right? Besides, it saved me about $65! :) I'll share it soon with some bathroom pics! Thanks for asking!

    Have a great week, Amy!