May 10, 2015
One of the best days of the year! But it’s a day for more than just celebrating your mother. It’s a day to celebrate being a mother. Motherhood is the most important “job” I have. My children are the light of my life (well, one is a little dimmer than the other…for now).
There are women out there that have children. There are women that don’t, whether they have chosen not to, or are having trouble conceiving. There are young girls and women that someday look forward to being a mother. To all of you, I share this day with you.
You don’t have to have children of your own to possess the qualities of a mother. Women who share their gifts, are nurturing to others, set a good example, serve, and act as an inspiration to others all have the characteristics of a mother.
I dedicate this blog, and this day, to my mother and my daughter. To my mother, because she is my mother. She endured over 30 hours of labor to bring me into this world. She put up with a holy terror for a toddler (me). She nurtured me as a child and young adult. She made family the most important part of life and taught me the same. She is a good cook. Yes mom, you are!! It doesn’t matter that you don’t have a large repertoire, it’s the love and expertise that goes into each batch of sloppy joes, each pot of spaghetti sauce, each roast beef dinner that makes your family dinners special. My mother has a way with geraniums and Martha Washington’s! Their backyard is always ablaze with color. She is passionate about genealogy and family history and volunteers weekly at a local LDS family history center. She is better at keeping up her scrapbooks than I will ever be! She is strong, and capable, and a friend to many. Serving others is high on her list. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!
To my daughter, Rebecca. Our relationship is one of respect, sharing, and laughter. I am a tough, strict, nurturing, and loving mom… just ask her! Haha! I am very fortunate to have a close relationship with my daughter. Oh, we have our moments. She does get a bit snarky at times, I let her know I don’t appreciate it, and it usually blows over pretty quickly. I love her passion, her smile, her laugh, and her hugs. Most of all, I love to hear, “I love you, mommy. You’re the best mom in the whole world.” Yes, she does say that, and at age 15! I know, she has a few adolescent years ahead of her, but I know we will keep the communication open and I will be there to help when she needs me.
Rebecca loves art, painting and drawing, music, reading, her iPhone, her shows on television (Dr. Who, One Upon a Time, Sherlock, Broadchurch, Merlin, etc. etc.), shopping with friends, hanging out with friends, Disneyland, and Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I love talking with her and listening to what she has to say. Whether it is about what’s going on at school, a book she’s reading, a show we are watching (she’s very good at predicting what is going to happen), or something that happened that she does, or does not, agree with. She is truly a “good” person. She stands up for what she believes in. She doesn’t put up with a lot of nonsense. She is a bit mature beyond her years. She loves her family, and knows who loves her and will be there to support her no matter what.
Thank you, Rebecca, for making me a mom. Although I got my payback when you were a toddler (she could be absolutely horrid), you have become the most honorable, loving, giving, and beautiful (inside and out) young woman I could have hoped for in a daughter. I am so proud and blessed to be your mother.
In having a close family, and in doing genealogy, I am fortunate to have stories of many mothers in my family tree. I know who they were and depending on who wrote the story,a bit about what they did and loved. Meet some of the mother’s in my family….
And on the other side of the family….
I am grateful to the women that have come before me. I am thankful for their sacrifices, their dedication, their love, and their support.
To all of you women out there, mother or not, wishing you a beautiful, sunny day!