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I'm a midwestern girl who lives in Iowa with my amazing husband, Tim and our incredible son Theodore.  I love to cook, entertain family and friends, visit unknown travel destinations, and enjoy the occasional martini.  

 

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An Amazing Woman

May 12, 2011

 

Happy Mother’s Day weekend everyone! I hope all of you can celebrate with the special women in your life. I’d like to dedicate this post to one woman in particular – my mom. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have the mom that I do.  She is one of the kindest people I know – always giving herself to others. She’s my mentor, cheerleader and I love her “more then there are stars in the sky”.

I have learned so much from my mom.  It’s hard to put down on paper all of the things I have learned from this phenomenal woman, but if I had to pick, here’s a Top 11.

  1. Unconditional Love! My mother has shown me unconditional love throughout my entire life and it has meant the world to me.  She never wanted a genius baby – she just wanted a healthy, above average child that loved life.  It was great to grow up without all the pressure of being a straight A student, but instead to be well-rounded.

  2. Thank You notes (and other small acts of kindness).  My mother taught me at an early age what a thank you note and sweet gesture can do for someone’s day.  I remember the first year I went away to camp, I was really nervous about being away from home for so long.  As I unpacked my suitcase, I found little gifts wrapped up to open each day.  It was so thoughtful and immediately made me feel at ease.  She continued to do this for the next 6 years I went to camp. I try and do little things as much as possible because it means so much to be on the receiving end.

  3. Be Kind.  Always, always be mindful of other people’s feelings.

  4. Always watch the oven when you broil bread.  As soon as you walk away – it will burn.

  5. How to clean your bathroom like you were being paid! My grandparents built and owned a motel in Custer, South Dakota and when my mom was growing up she got a job cleaning rooms.  You don’t really know how to fold a hospital corner or clean your bathroom sink till it sparkles, until you’ve been taught by my mother.

  6. Compassion.  My mother has the biggest heart of anyone I know.  Not only does she give her time to several non-profits in town, she loves taking care of people, and would do anything she could to help anyone – even if she didn’t know them.

  7. No one on earth can make you feel better when you’re sick than your mother.  To this day, when I’m sad, sick, run-down, or hurt, all I really want is my mom.  She’s always there when I need her.

  8. When at the grocery store and you don’t know the difference between whole milk, buttermilk, or half and half – your mother knows.  I call my mother every single week while I’m at the grocery store because I need help with a recipe I’m making.

  9. Don’t grow up too fast. I am so thankful that my mom let me be a kid and didn’t let me grow up too fast.  I remember begging her to see PG-13 movies before I turned 13 and my mom barely ever budged.  Now that I’m older, I am so thankful of that.

  10. Follow your heart.  Whenever I call my mom with a new adventure that I am thinking about taking, she is always 100% supportive.  She encourages me to go after my dreams and never holds me back.  I am SO appreciative of that constant love and support.

  11. No matter how old you get – you still need your mom, (you might even need her more then ever!)

Thank you mom for the past 26 years.  I love you.

What has your mother taught you?  What are you most thankful for this Mother’s Day?

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