I am a very lucky girl, I was raised in a world where I had Many forms of Mother's. My Mom of course was and still is a hands on mom. She is the first to throw a party for any occasion, she came to all my softball games she could make. Growing up she was always making play dough on rainy days, holding me when the world was a bit scary, cheering me on when I did not think I could keep going, and loving me unconditionally. She is the reason I do everything I do, she inspires me to keep going, to dream big and know that anything is possible.
My Grandmother Was also my mom, she covered all the bases that grandmothers cover but went a step further, she taught me how to sew, to throw a baseball and how to live off the land. She gave me love that I carry with me today and lessons to last a lifetime.
Penny is my step mom, she has always been my source of all things practical, she will give me a straight answer to many a problem which has been such a blessing. She has lived an organic life and has been considerate of her place on earth and how we live in a circle, what you give is what comes back to you. She has been a lifesaver time and again to Nathan and I. She has a sense of adventure, always ready to try new things and always believing in me every time I am ready to take my next adventure!
Moms come in every form, there have been times my sisters have been my moms. Shelly was always guiding me with advice when I was in high school and when I was first married. She was the first person I called when I felt like motherhood was overwhelming as I had rocked my screaming baby for 3 hours straight. She calmed me down and guided me through. Errin has taken care of me when I am sick, even as a grown adult. She is one of the most generous people I know, she helps me with all the hair brained ideas I come up with and when I have too much on my plate she is at my door with open arms and helping hands.
I met a gal the other day who had lost her mother at a very young age. She had been raised by her dad. He would sew every costume for every Halloween, bake cupcakes for her birthday. Even went to work with finger nail polish on his pinkie a time or two.
I have taken a bit from all of these "moms" and added them to how I raise my son, I look at all of them as pieces of a quilt I am making...to keep my him warm.
Happy Mother's Day, and Thank you to all the Mom's out there. Love, Jennifer
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Quilt image http://cynthia-stcharles.blogspot.com/2010/05/scrap-quilt-wedding-gift.html