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It isn’t always easy, but it only takes the first step to continue to the next:


Two Years

April 8th used to be another day on the calendar to me. It was the day after my Grandma’s birthday, but held no other significance — until two years ago.
In 2012, April 8th was Easter, the day my “Cute Little Mama” moved on Home, and my “new normal” began.
My Dad has a healthy perspective to recognize her passing on Easter and not concern himself as much with the exact date. And, really, what better day than Easter? I agree, but my mind and heart hold 2 days since Easter changes annually.

I will not dwell here today on how much I miss her. Instead, in honoring her memory, I will share Part 2 of my list of things I’m thankful for about my mom. (You can read Part 1 here.)

Dear Mom,

Thank you for:

  • being excited about my surprise visits
  • raising me to help others
  • raising me to notice when others may need help
  • teaching me manners and expecting me to use them
  • teaching by words and example of how to be a lady
  • taking me to the library and encouraging my love of reading
  • attending ceremonies for all the important things and making me feel special for what I earned
  • celebrating my birthday every year…even in my 30s, offering to order pizza
  • being so excited when I told you I was getting married
  • helping me choose my wedding gown
  • taking me to Girl Scouts and helping me earn my badges
  • sewing clothes for me
  • giving me your opinion, upon request, knowing I’d probably choose the opposite
  • letting me go to Grandma’s for 5 summers in a row, across the ocean and then the U.S.A.
  • telling me stories
  • listening
  • being overjoyed of my pregnancy and first holding your grandson
  • thinking of us and buying goodies
  • Christmas traditions
  • telling me you threw Gone with the Wind across the room when you finished it. (That freed me to do the same with a few, too.)

I love you, Mom. ❤

Only a Short Time

Our children are only little for a short time.  While the days can be long, the years are short.  I remind myself throughout the day with our ever-changing 2 1/2 year old that:  he’s young and will only be this age once, to take a breath and enjoy him, to delight in his excitement of the world, and even when he has a cheeky gleam in his eye that I get to be his Mom.

You will never have this day
with your child again.
Tomorrow they’ll be a little
older than they we’re today.
This day is a gift.
Breathe and notice.
Smell and touch them;
study their faces
and little feet and pay attention.

Enjoy today, mama.
It will be over before you know it.”

~Jen Hatmaker