In other of Mother's Day, I am linking up with Wendy and her awesome Bless Your Mom Giveaway and answering 4 questions about my mom! I am so excited to be doing this because...Hello! Who wouldn't want a chance to share some amazing stories of your mom in honor of a special day like this?!
|One of the first grandma/munchkin shots
Do you remember any of the special things your mom did for you?
My mom was a working mom before my brother came along which meant that until I was almost 8 years old our family schedule was a little choppy. I would spend the mornings with my mom...she would be the one to wake me up by way of song and kisses. Yep, song. I caught myself singing the very same "Good Morning" song to J the other morning - Apparently it stuck with me even though I haven't heard it in years. :)
My mom, even with her busy evening/night work schedule, would make our time together special, especially on the days that I did not have school. I vividly remember our trips to Kennedy Park, Sulphur Creek, our picnic lunches at the Japanese Gardens, our coloring sessions at the dining room table. She was a busy lady but I always knew that our time together was exactly that, OUR time. :) Even if it was a quick morning, I still remember coming down for breakfast where she would make my lunch EVERY morning. And EVERY afternoon, I would get to open my lunchbox and find her special note to me. It was nothing long or thought provoking...just a simple "I hope you are having a great day! xxoo Mom" or a "TGIFriday! xxoo Mom." Super special to me. To this day, she is amazing at writing little notes or cards that she sends to me.
Was she consistent in her discipline?
You know, I can honestly say that she was. She is notorious for "The Look" that she can give. :) I think she would agree with me when I say that I did not do a whole lot to rock the boat. I was such a shy/quiet/passive kid that giving "the look" which would usually put me back in line. I HATED getting in trouble so I avoided getting "the look" in every way possible. I do remember a few times that I pushed her rules to their limit and was sent to the stairs (time-out territory) but sadly, my brother was the one who took majority of the discipline handed out in our house. :)
Did she teach you anything really significant?
I think I was about 7 years old (pre-brother) and my mom told me one morning that we would go for a picnic lunch since the weather was so awesome. It was summertime so I was able to spend entire mornings with my mom. :) The best part about this lesson was not necessarily how to setup a proper picnic lunch itself, but instead it was the walk into the gardens where we would be having our lunch. Lining the road were these huge eucalyptus trees. Along the base of these trees were the "shells" that the tree had dropped. My mom made a point to stop in the middle of the path, walk over to a tree, bend down and scoop a couple of these "shells" in to her hand. She handed a few to me, kept a few for herself and explained to me that these "shells" were very special... They were rare Finger Hats. I was in love. Hats? For EACH finger? Seriously the most amazing find ever. We each brought a handful home and drew little faces on our fingers and topped each one of with it's very own hat. So now you know. Eucalyptus shells are not shells. They are honest to goodness Finger Hats.
What is your best childhood memory with your mom?
Hands down, my mom is awesome. I have way too many fun memories to share the "best" one but I will share one that is most definitely at the top of my list. Growing up we were not a church-going family. It wasn't till I was about 8 years old that I felt a nudge to go to church. Total God thing since I knew NOTHING about what church was all about or why people were there. My mom offered to take me one Sunday morning to which she too stayed for the service. A few weeks went by and after hearing how God sent his Son for me and then died for me so I could have a party up in heaven one day, I prayed for the first time and told Jesus "Thank You." I became a Christian that day. After service I met up with my mom who had gone to talk to a few folks...and she was smiling and crying at the same time. She too had given her life to Christ! One of my favorite "mom-memories" is the day that my mom and I were baptized together. I will never forget how amazing it was to stand in that water with my mom, in front of everyone, including my dad (who was not a Christian at the time). It was that day that we started on a life changing journey together.
Happy Mother's Day Mom! I love you so very much and am so blessed by you! xxoo