Happy Late Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was yesterday, so just please pretend that I posted this yesterday.  I had important things to do yesterday (like take a nap, etc…..).

All my life, I wanted to be a mother.  As a child, I loved to play with my dolls and pretend.  I was always a really good pretend mother, too, by the way.  I am blessed to have an amazing mother who always seemed to make the job look easy.  Well, there’s nothing easy about being a mother.  Oh, how I know that now!

I received the best gift ever from my daughter Manon  yesterday.  She gave me a decorated jar filled with 101 things that she loves about me.  I nearly cried!  How could she come up with so many things?  It took me a long time to read each folded strip of paper.  I’d love to list all the 101 reasons why Manon thinks I’m so wonderful, but that would be a bit much.  No one would ever want to read another post written by me again!  But please indulge me just a few, while I stroke my ego.

I loved that Manon appreciates things that I didn’t think she noticed:  “you take me places you don’t want to go,” “you made sure I’d have a nice smile (braces),” and “you calmed my fears when it stormed and I worried about a tornado.”  Apparently, she even finds my quirkiness endearing:  “you dance in the car,” “you listen to Christmas music in October,” and “you text with one finger.”  Yes, I’m guilty on all counts.  The best reason of all, though, was “you’re my best friend.”  Reading that strip of paper made my heart soar.  For a moment, I almost forgot the struggles, frustrations, and gray hairs that I color.

At the end of the day, nothing is more important than God and family.  All the daily distractions, the mountains of laundry (literally, for me), dishes, etc. are more than worth it.  We all have days when we think, “is this all there is?”. But we are serving God by serving our families.  God has entrusted our children to us for a short time.  Parenthood is an awesome responsibility, but it is also an enormous blessing.  Yes, I think that mothers should be celebrated all year long.  But I really enjoyed my moment in the sun. 


Happy Mother’s Day!

Me and Mom…now that is a face only a mother could love.


Today is the day we celebrate our mothers.  This has always been easy for me, since I have been so incredibly blessed in the mother department.  I have the best mom in the whole world.  She has shown me such selfless love through the years, and I couldn’t have had a better childhood.  When I think of my childhood, I remember so many great memories, and just about every single one included my mother or happened because of my mother.  I remember her giving me my very own Gerber baby doll the day she brought our new baby sister home from the hospital so that I would still feel special.  Oh how I loved that doll!  She always knew just what present we would love the most for birthdays and Christmas.   I remember her running around the yard with her hand on the back of my banana seat bicycle trying to help steady me as I learned how to ride a two-wheeler.  She would write special little notes on our napkins and stick them in our lunchboxes.  She would crank up her music and dance with us in the living room.  I loved it when she made Kool-Aid in the summertime, and put them in these little canteens she bought for Kendal and I so that we could have a drink while we played outside.  We thought those things were so cool!  When she made no-bake cookies, she would always let me scrape the pan with a spoon because she knew they were my favorite.

As I got older, she continued to show me her love in countless ways.  She picked us up from school and would ask about our day.  When we all had our own cars, she would even scrape the snow off and start the car so it would be warm when we left for school.  I won’t even tell you how old I was when she was still doing my hair for me…although that might have been more of a control issue now that I think about it?

Despite the hair-doing, and making me wear a dorky little tie around my neck in second grade, and forcing me to dust the baseboards once in awhile, and checking all my friends’ heads for lice when they came over, she was a pretty cool mom.  And I appreciate her all the more now that I am a mom myself.  Mardi and I both remember her warming up our cars and thinking how lucky we were to have a mom like that.  (We’ve also both said our kids will not be as lucky.)

Another trait I admire my mother for is her work ethic.  She is a tough mother, let me tell you.  She has never shied away from hard work and physical labor.  She used to pour metal at my dad’s foundry when it was just starting out.  Her house has always been spotless.  She works circles around all of us in her huge yard.  She mows, weeds, plants, waters, and sweeps all summer long.  Even when she was going through chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer thirteen years ago, she still worked hard, maintained her home and yard, and never complained.  I get tired just watching her sometimes, especially when it’s ten o’clock at night and I look down the hill and still see her outside working away.  The woman puts me to shame, let me tell ya.

There are lots of other great things about my mom, and I could definitely list many more.  But her selfless love and her tireless work ethic are probably what I admire the most about her.  I hope that my kids will have as many wonderful memories of their childhood as I do.  And maybe they will even admire me for something someday, too.  And if they ever say they learned how to love selflessly from me, I will tell them that I learned that from their grandma.

(Because I’ll just confess right now they won’t be remembering me sweeping the driveway in the dark.)

Happy Mother’s Day!  I love you, Mom!



Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, ladies!  I can’t believe May is only a weekend away…and I haven’t gotten my mother and mother-in-law anything yet.  Well, okay…I can totally believe that I haven’t gotten the gifts yet.  Waiting until the last minute is kinda my thing.  It wasn’t until I was reading a post by Sarah of Little Vintage Nest about mother’s day gift ideas that I thought I better get my butt in gear and start thinking about what to get them.  I loved her round up so much that I am taking a page from her book and putting together a list of ideas that I thought would make awesome gifts…some funny, some sentimental, some just plain fun.  I would take any and all of these if you are reading this, Chris, honey.  So here they are in no particular order:

I looooove this personalized bracelet by Sweet Auburn Studio!  It look so cute and stylish and they come in all kinds of beautiful colors.  Plus, it’s leather and handmade.  What’s not to love?

Next up is this gorgeous Gather sign by Camellia Cottage Décor.  If farmhouse style is your thing, than this sign fits the bill!  There are all kinds of other beautiful signs in this etsy shop as well.


If your mom loves cooking and baking and is also tech-savvy enough to use recipes from a tablet, then this is an awesome gift for her.  This tablet/cookbook holder from Country Barn Babe looks farmhouse-chic in the kitchen, and is super handy too!  You can also have it personalized in a variety of options.



AEK Studio and Design offers a kitchen towel customized with a favorite recipe from a loved one. Sarah from Little Vintage Nest had a similar tea towel on her list and I think it is the coolest idea ever! I have a ton of handwritten recipes from my Grandma Fazak (my maiden name is Fazakerley…that should explain it) that I would love to see on one of these.  Not only is it sentimental, but also useful and decorative!

Okay, another sign, I know.  But they are just so dang awesome!  This one is especially meaningful on Mother’s Day.  What a beautiful reminder of how blessed we are (and maybe your mom needs a reminder…awwww just kidding…I’m sure you’re really great!).  You can find this one at The Peddlers Shed…and trust me, she will LOVE it!


If your mom has a green thumb or maybe doesn’t, but enjoys plants anyway, this succulent planter is sure to be a big hit!  Not only are succulents totally on trend right now, they are also pretty hard to kill since they don’t require much care.  Okay, I confess I have killed a few, but I’m sure I’m the exception.  I do have a few live ones hanging on in my home right now, by some miracle.  LaSelva Succulents creates these beautiful planters, and I think they make a lovely gift.

And If you happen to be the favorite child like I am, then look no further!  I definitely think I should order this one from Fancy Type right. now.  With my name at the bottom, of course…sorry Mardi and Kendal.

And last but not least, I’m sure your mother would totally appreciate this moleskin notebook from Alfamarama.  With “My list of things I was right about” printed on every page, you will become her favorite if you weren’t already.

All of these products can be found on Etsy, which is one of my absolute favorite websites to find unique handmade and vintage items.  We are not receiving compensation of any kind…I just wanted to share some cool ideas!  And maybe at the very least, this little post will serve as a reminder to find something. soon. (ahem…note to self).