Sunday, November 12, 2006

Thanks for Mothers

Chaotic Mom is away this week and is asking for thoughts on "thanks for Mothers" so here are my random thoughts.

I am so grateful to my Mother for so much it's hard to know where to start. From home cooked meals to carpools to and from dance classes and from kissing owies to playing games. She never questioned (openly anyway) why she paraded me back and forth and paid for 6 or more dance classes a week. She also didn't keep the neatest house on the block.

Her focus was on the things that mattered: God, her hardworking husband and the 3 of us kids. She always made sure that she was available to help with homework and was involved in our schools. She paid attention to who our teachers were and that we worked our hardest at whatever we did. Win or lose, succeed or fail she always encouraged us to try. I remember her patience letting our little fingers plant cucumber seeds in hills and staying up until o'dark thirty sewing our halloween and Nutcracker costumes.

No matter what, her love was always there and always felt. Even now when I think of my childhood home and memories her love just overwhelms me.

I have absolutely NO idea how she really did it all and actually slept.

Now that I am experiencing the overwhelming joy of my son's first two years of life I am so amazed at this journey of motherhood. How much it has taught me to stop and smell the roses. Each day, each hour and each minute is so important to my son.

In just a day he went from an infant to a chubby baby, from a slug to a speed crawler, from pulling up to first steps and from baby talk to singing songs and saying the alphabet. I revel in each hug, kiss and cuddle I can snitch. His great big smile and glimmer when our eyes meet remind me to seize this moment in eternity and be present as it passes.

I'm grateful that my Mom gave me the foundation and I'm grateful that my son is giving me the opportunity.

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11 comments:

The Red Setter said...

This is a lovely blog. I came across it by accident, but I have to say, I love the way you write and I love your spirit. Your post on veterans was beautiful. Now excuse me while I go and read your archives!

Pass the Torch said...

I've really enjoyed reading the mom stories for Chaotic mom's project. What great moms!!

Linds said...

This is a wondeful tribute to your Mum, Heidi, and I am sure your young son will echo your words one day in the future too. And I am SO excited to see my blog in your sidebar!!!!!!!! Thank you!

Ashlee - Xav's Mama said...

That's beautiful, it sounds like you have a great relationship with your mama!

Amber said...

I could only hope for such a great relationship with each of my kids! Wonderful post....

Kathleen Marie said...

What a blessing your Mother is. God is so good and he knows what we need.

Chaotic Mom said...

Know what hit me hard? That you realized that although your house wasn't the neatest on the block, that your mother gave you that which was most important. I read the rest hoping my boys will get that from me, too.

Your little boy is a lucky son. ;)

Mom said...

I love you Heidi! You are beautiful and I would do it all over in a heartbeat!

Mom said...

I want you to know that i think you are wonderful mother. I am very proud to call you my daughter.

Chaotic Mom said...

While re-reading through the posts I had to re-comment on yours. HOW COOL your mom commented! What a neat mother! ;)

Chaotic Mom said...

I have laughed, and I sure have cried while reading through ALL of the Giving Thanks for Mother contest entries. And I've RE-READ them all since coming home, too.

I wish I could post ALL of them as winners, maybe send out some more books from my winnowed out collection. ;)

But I've FIANLLY published a winner and invite you to come on by and check out my post. I am working on a sidebar link to the winning post, but also a link to the contest post with ALL of the listed entries.