What my mom has taught me.


I grew up surrounded by examples of strong women. My sister and I were blessed with a mother, grandmothers, and aunts who were smart, resourceful, and determined.

One of the very best things my mother passed along to my sister and me was the confidence to try. I don’t ever recall a moment where she was faced with a challenge that she wasn’t able to resolve or at least make a full-hearted attempt to. She has always been creative and artistic. She’s a problem solver, a “never say never” kind of woman. She knows how to make things with her hands and has always worked far past the point when her body told her to stop. Over my life I’ve watched her serve and take care of others to the point of exhaustion time and time again. Idleness does not suit her.

Her mother and grandmother were the same. I grew up thinking that was just how all women were.

I had no idea how hard it was.

As a grown woman, I now know what it takes to make things happen, to create a home, to take care of a family, to keep it all running. I think of all the times they must have sacrificed so much for others—for me.

Thank you mom, for all of that—for showing and teaching us what a strong, determined, and loyal woman looks like. I love you.

Happy Mother’s Day!



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    Mom says

    You are what makes a Mom proud to be a Mom. Thank you so much for the beautiful thoughts…. Where’s a tissue…
    Remember that: I love you and MOST, and all was will,
    Happy Mother’s Day,

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    Rebecca {Foodie with Family} says

    What a lovely tribute to to your mom! Your beautiful spirit is a tribute to her, too. I am blessed to count you as a friend. Happy Mother’s Day, Amy!

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    SAS says

    Sis, you know it’s true. That mom of ours is a miracle worker. No “can’t do” ever came out of her mouth. Sweet words, Amy. Happy Mother’s Day

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    Nanny J says

    Ahh! I’ve seen and experienced all of this from her. She is a trooper, never gives up, makes things happen and forgets herself when someone needs help. I love her, too. Wish we lived closer so hopefully some of talent and compassion would rub off on me. She did a great job with her girls.

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    Wenderly says

    You are indeed blessed to have such an incredible mama! It’s obvious that she has passed on all of these wonderful hard working qualities to her daughter. :)

    Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day!! xoxo

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