Friday, May 02, 2008

Mother's Day with the Etsy Bloggers...

This is my submission for the Etsy Bloggers Street Team Blog Carnival for this week. According to the team...

"The theme for May 5 is “Mother’s Day”. Blog about anything that we have gave or received as a mother, or given to our mothers that was/is very dear to you. Ex. a memorable phrase, a gift, a special handmade creation you received/or made,pictures, spoken word/story/drawing,writing, a video of a special occasion, etc….something that you will never forget that was done for you as a mom (doesnt matter who you received it from) or something that YOU have done for your mother..or any mother."

I've been wanting to show you the wonderful dress that my amazing mother-in-law made for our oldest daughter's first communion last weekend. She was instructed to make it simple and pretty. She did:

Something special about my mother-in-law: She treats me like her own daughter! My own mother passed away 14 years ago. My mother-in-law (I wasn't yet married to her son - so she was my boyfriend's mom!) knew that it was a tradition for my mom and I to talk on the phone (loooong conversations with lots of sharing and giggling!) every Saturday morning. I won't forget that my mother-in-law made it a point to call me for several Saturday mornings after my mom's passing. She just took time out of her busy schedule to fill a void. I was touched!

Here is a drawing I did last year from my mom's high school graduation photo:

Recently I asked my dad for my mom's old sewing machine, that HE hasn't used in 14 years! I should be picking it up soon. I have never really learned to sew, but I mom was an avid maker of clothes for me as a child! I loved wearing those clothes, but whenever I saw the sewing machine on the table I knew I would be hearing some "bad" words! It seemed to frustrate my mom so I never wanted to learn. Well, now I do. Hopefully I'll have some things to show off here before too long that I make with her machine!

A shout out to my beautiful step-mother too! She has done so much for me I can't begin to list them all. After marrying my dad (after my mom died) she has taught me much about giving of myself, just by watching her example! I don't have a photo to share, but I couldn't let that go unsaid. Thank you Jerry!

My own children give me gifts beyond comprehension. My favorites are the kisses and blessings and prayers at bedtime, the cute words that they say, the dancing in the kitchen at dinnertime, telling Mommy and Daddy that we are their favorite Mommy and Daddy, gentle touches while I help them with something - the hand on the arm or the head on the shoulder. I could go on and on!

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