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In honor of mothers and mother figures….

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This is my mom, it was taken in May of 1994. My mom doesn’t like taking pictures, but she knew how much it would mean to me to do this, so she set it up for a Mother/Daughter event for us. 🙂 Isn’t she beautiful? I LOVE this picture of her!

I know Mother’s Day is Sunday, but I won’t be on here, my day will be too eventful. I am cooking for my mom, grandma, uncle, and son. It’s a dish that my mom and grandma like, even have their favorite pies chilling in the freezer till it’s time for them to thaw. 😉 At some point, I will also be with Doug, supporting him and his family as it will be a hard day dealing with the loss of his mom. It’s going to be an eventful day, so I wanted to write today while I have some time before my weekend gets busy, which it’s going to in the next hour or so. 😉

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there! I hope it is an amazing day! It is nice to have a day that honors all the hard work done, sacrifices made, and love given. I also want to do a shout out for the dads who are playing both roles! You don’t get nearly enough recognition and I just wanted to take a moment to do just that! Much love also goes out to the step-moms, aunts, grandmas, foster moms, and so on who raise other’s kids as their own. This day (well Sunday, May 12th) is for you, all of you!

So, yeah, I honor my own mother this day. We haven’t had an easy journey together, but we have made it, still standing. 😉 I know deep down she has done her best and that she loves me with all she has. I love her, so much. Thank you, Mom, for so much, especially over the last couple of years! Thank you!!! I also want to give my personal shout outs to my step-mom, Cindy…..

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This is her with my son when he was oh so little. 🙂 So, this was taken in late 2002. She has accepted me as part of the family, even though I am not one of her children. I met her and my dad when I was 10. My parents split when my mom was still pregnant with me. He did propose after I was born, but my mom had already moved on. Peace has been found between my parents, so while it’s not an ideal situation, it’s really not so bad. I just have another parent to love that loves me. Cindy is an amazing mom to her three kids, a great step-mom to me, a good wife to my dad, and a wonderful grandma to all of her grandchildren. Thank you, Cindy for all you do!

And next to my grandma…..

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She has been an amazing support to me throughout my adult life. I can’t begin to say how very grateful I am to her for all she has done for me. She has been a grandma, a mom, and a friend to me during my life. I seriously don’t know what I’d have done without her. So many times I was lost, felt stuck, was drowning in my mistakes, and there she’s been to pick me up each time. I love her more than I could ever say. Thank you, Grandma! Thank you, I will be forever indebted to you. (picture was taken a very long time ago, not even sure if I was alive or not lol, but I just love this one of her.)

And the reason I am honored this day, I would love to share with you also….

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This is my son and I, last summer. He’s shown me the true meaning of unconditional love. To love one person for their entire life, no matter what they do or say, no matter how mad you get at them….you don’t give up, you don’t walk away. He has saved me, in ways he doesn’t even realize. I love him, so much! I know I am not the perfect parent….so much to learn, still need to grow a lot, but we all have that to deal with….even after our kids are grown. He is my joy, my light, the greatest gift from God given to me. I love my kiddo!

For those who don’t have their mom around anymore, my heart goes out to you. I pray that you have a good day somehow….remembering the good times with her, knowing perhaps that she is proud of you today. I know this day will be rough for my boyfriend’s family, as it’s their first Mother’s Day without her. I hope to be of support to them, hoping they can find ways to smile, to think of her as she was, laughing about funny memories, and just honor her for the wonderful mother she was. I hope my cousins who still struggle with the loss of their mother can do the same. My heart is with all of you who miss your moms….

But for those of you who still have yours around, do let her know how special you think she is, how loved she is by you. I know some aren’t even close at all to their moms, been there before with my own…so, if it’s not your mom…choose someone who was/has been your rock, your support to honor. Honor someone who has been there for you and shown you the love and care you need.

Again….Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms and mother figures out there, hope it is a day full of love!

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From the mother of a son who will one day date your daughter….

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It’s a longstanding “joke”, though not a joke in some cases, about a man who cleans his shotgun(s) and makes any man who takes his daughter out nervous, who lets the young man know that he is to respect her, not harm her, and have her home in time…and if he doesn’t, he knows he’ll learn the meaning of fear.

I am a mother and I don’t have daughters, just one unbelievably handsome son. On one hand, being a woman, I see wanting to protect your girls from men who would take advantage of them, who would harm them in any way. I have dated some lousy men in my past. As a parent in general, we don’t want to see our children get hurt, to end up friends with the wrong sort, to end up dating/married to an abusive person….and by abuse, I don’t just mean physical abuse. Verbal abuse is both mentally and emotionally damaging, which can also result in negative physical effects as well. We just want our children to be happy, long story short.

Well fathers, I am here to tell you that I am a mother of a son who is first instructing him how to treat others. I want him to have respect for his fellow man, to know how to treat his elders, how to treat his bosses, and how to treat women…with respect, dignity, and class. I want to make it perfectly clear to him that it is not acceptable to hit, talk down to, or mistreat another, especially women. I am also teaching him though that it is not okay to be walked all over just because he’s a nice guy. Men, some of your daughters aren’t so saintly and you need to realize it’s not always the man at fault when a relationship is unhealthy, when things go sour. Sometimes the women beat the men, talk down to them, use them, lie to them, cheat on them. It is not okay to treat others like this, no matter the gender. My son will know that if he should harm a woman, regardless of his age, he will still answer to me. I taught him better and he will be put in his place. However, should a woman hurt my son, she will find she’ll be answering to me too. 😉

Learning the hard way myself, I have seen that love can be a difficult journey….finding it, nurturing it, and keeping it alive. I do feel though that if two people work together that it is a beautiful path to take, to embark on as two souls who are somehow separate, and also one. I want my son to have that one day, with a woman who loves him as much as he loves her. I want them to grow together, bring out the best in one another, work together because it’s going to get rough at times, who will not give in at the first sign of stress. I want him to find someone who makes him laugh, who can be silly with him, who will accept him as he is as he accepts her as she is, who will treat my son with the respect he deserves….knowing that he too is a gentleman and respectful to her. I know it’s possible, one day, though for now…he’s busy being a 10 year old boy. But rest assured fathers of your lovely daughters, he’s being raised well, with proper values. When he comes to your door, know she is in good hands, that he will bring her home happy and unharmed….or you won’t have to even threaten to shoot him, he has to come home to me and that might just be worse. 😉

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