Sunday, May 8, 2011

Word to Your Mother

Wow, it has been a treat reading all of the lovely tributes to your Moms on the Mother's Day Giveaway post.  The praises you had for your Mothers/grandmothers/MILs and friends caused me to stop and contemplate what my children might say about me in twenty years, what I'd like them to say about me, and whether or not I am living worthy of that distinction.  

I decided to post the words you shared about your mothers here for all to enjoy.
Hopefully, you will find them as inspiring as I did.

I will announce the winner of the gift set from Pompeii Street Soap Co. at the end of this post!

My Mom and Me with my wiggly kids Scarlett & Guy (2007)
~~~WORDS TO YOUR MOTHERS~~~

One of the many things I love about my mother is how she can so easily see the best in people and be friends with people who are like her or completely opposite.
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One of the things I love most about my mom is that I've never heard her talk badly about anyone. Ever. You can tell when she doesn't like someone (like an evil dictator) because she stumbles over her words. She's an amazing example to me of loving one's neighbor.
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The thing I love about my mother is how much she cares about her children! She is also a foster mother of children with special needs, and I am just amazed by her:)
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My mom is a great example of kindness and faith. For the longest time I thought she really liked EVERYONE because I never heard her say an unkind word. I wish I were better at that!
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I love that my mom always tried her best to make my life a good one. She had me at a young age (barely 16), but she always tried to improve our situation in life.
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My mom is so amazing. She gives of herself and asks for nothing in return. When my husband was laid off a few years ago she let us come live in her three bedroom home for two years until my husband was able to find employment. We had 6 kids still at home at the time! 
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My mother is an incredible example of self sacrifice. She has always given her all to each of her eight children. I can always count on her for love and correction (even when I don't think I need it!:) )
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I really do adore my MIL. On our honeymoon we were late for our flight at the DC airport. My MIL, BIL and Aaron and I were traveling back to GA from our reception and they wouldn't let us on (even though they hadn't closed the flight doors yet.) My MIL threw a fit announcing that her kids were on their honeymoon and that the woman needed to let Aaron and I on and stop being such a "B". It was love at first swear word.
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I learned so much from my grandmother last year before she passed away from cancer. I learned to love being a young mom and to appreciate the time I have with my little ones. We always apologized for our little ones leaving handprints all over her sliding door, but she said that she didn't mind because it reminded her during the week about the little people she loved. Such a grand lady - love her!
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My mom thinks I am wonderful. That's a good thing in a mother.
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And my MIL is probably the toughest woman I know -- physically and spiritually. She deals with so much every day and she is just amazing. Amazingly patient. Amazingly faithful. Amazingly funny. :)
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One of the things I'm remembering more and more about my mom -- and wish I could better follow -- is her love of people. She was genuinely interested in everybody and made people feel so comfortable around her. We used to joke that she'd walk into Wal-Mart alone and leave with 3 new best friends. 
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I love my mother for doing things with me that I loved and for supporting my activities. You don't realize what a sacrifice that can be when you're a child. You just don't think your parents might want to be doing something else than playing Barbies with you, but play Barbies she did. And for that love and example I am forever grateful.
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My grandma is a great role model of making a warm inviting home. Her house is a true haven and she is an excellent hostess. It's better than any other getaway I know.
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I love my mom, she has never pressured me to do anything other than my best. She is an example of adventure and has shown me that I am able to do anything I want and if I change my mind, I can do that too.
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I love so many women in my life.  I feel that I am who I am because I have a little piece of each of them--my mom, both my grandmothers, sisters, and others have influenced me spiritually, and I am grateful for such strong amazing women!
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My mom is an incredible woman -- aged 80 and I just found her on the roof, working. Got to have those genes!
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Both my Grandmothers were very important to me. They have both died. There are still days that I have the thought I should call them to ask how to do something or to share how my sons did something or to hear a comforting word. One of my Grandpas has left my Grandma's voice on the answering machine. It catches my breath, and I struggle at times to leave a message because I miss their influence in my life and especially their unconditional love.
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I am commenting about my best friend - an awesome female in my life. Just when I am feeling down and discouraged, she bolsters me up with positive comments and makes me feel better about myself. I know I can count on her.
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My mother-in-law has been a real inspiration for me. She has had a rough start in life (bad family life growing up, horrible first marriage) but is still a faithful Christian woman who loves her family and take such good care of those around her. She also takes time to take care of herself, which is something that I had to learn from her, because my mother was not always that way. She is fun, spunky, fit, healthy, and smart, and I really enjoy being around her.
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I love that my mother gives me unconditional love.
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My mom loves the smell of lavender and since I know that, I always think of her whenever I pass a lavender bush. 
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One of the things I love most about my mom is that she taught me to love and appreciate music. That has been a wonderful gift to me in my life.
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I love that my mother taught me the beauty of homemaking, cooking, cleaning, decorating for holidays, etc. She showed me that it's an artwork.
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I love my Mom because she ALWAYS finds the positive in things, helps me to see the brighter side, and she makes me laugh so hard I cry... she's one of my VERY best friends. She is a fighter and a finisher and fun.
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My grandmother taught me about grace and elegance, and how to be a true southern lady. Her impact on my life has been profound.
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I've learned a lot from my grandmother and mother. My grandmother is the most selfless person I know. She will literally do anything for anyone and it has helped me when I'm trying to keep an attitude of service throughout my life. When I was young, my mother always liked to keep things fun, and that has helped me in raising my own daughter.
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I love the spunk my great grandmother had as a young girl! She wasn't afraid of anything and she was quite the trickster!
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What I love about my fore mothers is their incredible strength, determination, steadfastness and faith. Through severe trials they remained true, and I am so grateful for that heritage, it is such a blessing in my life.
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Finally, I have so many great mom role models- my mom, MIL, and 3 grandmothers still living. One thing they have all taught me--some inadvertently--is the importance of forgiveness. The power it has to make life happier, to forgive and forget and let go of those grudges! We will all be down here together for 70 or more years, then together forever in the eternities. Better to be happy and getting along than reliving past hurts!
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November 14, 2005 - the day Guy forever stole my heart away and I became a Mother.
Now to announce the winner of the trio gift set from Pompeii Street Soap Co.
Out of 65 comments, Random.org chose 
comment #26:  Valerie!

Valerie, please email me to claim your prize!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, EVERYONE!

4 comments:

  1. What a great post! I'm glad you took the time to share everyone's posts. Perfect way to start off my Mother's Day. (I'm teaching this morning and can use a little boost!)

    Thanks.

    =)

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  2. Beautiful in every way. Thanks Jocelyn

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  3. How fun to read all those thoughts of mothers.
    And THANK you for the giveaway. I'm so excited to win something. I'll email you. :)

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  4. hope you had a good mother's day...

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