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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 6, 2011

This Sunday is my FOURTH Mother’s Day — can you believe it?!

Three years ago, I was celebrating my first Mother’s Day with my little Gizmo.

Two years ago, I was celebrating my first Mother’s Day with my Ainsley Ruth.

Last year, I was celebrating Mother’s Day with Ainsley, and with much anticipation of Gadget’s arrival.

And this year, I am celebrating my first Mother’s day with my snuggle bug, Thaddeus, and my third Mother’s Day with my little girl.

It just gets better and better each year!


Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom! I learned all about home life from the home life you created for us. And I learned that the best home life is one where naptimes and stories are more important than being busy. I never once ย heard you complain about dishes or laundry. Instead I remember the hours you devoted to including me in your life — baking, gardening, and doing dishes (or at least slopping soapy suds everywhere). You gave me a childhood filled with creativity, imagination, and playfulness. I hope I can give the same to my own children. I love you, Mom.

Mother's Day 2010

To my mother-in-love, Mommo, thank you for loving Scott. He is proof that you deserve to be celebrated today and every day.

Grandma Dana and Thaddeus, Easter 2011

To my grandmothers, Marcy, Anita, and Betty — thank you for faithfully marking every birthday and milestone through each stage of our lives. From first birthdays to wedding days, your love has left its mark on our hearts.

To my Great-Grandma Ruth, you have watched your own children become mothers, your granddaughters become mothers, and your great-granddaughters become mothers, too. Your quiet faith and generous love is a part of each of us. Thank you.

And to my Gramma Sharon — I miss you every day. On sunny summer days I’ll think of that old white pick-up with its red leather seats, hot and sticky. You and me riding, singing. When the cold comes and I’m at my kitchen sink, up to my elbows in dishwater, I will remember the smell of Dove dish soap, salty ham, and sliced fruit. Spring will always be you, donning a jean jacket, loving every moment of sunshine and warmth. Thank you for your unconditional love and your abounding joy. Happy Mother’s Day.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2011 8:05 pm

    What a beautiful post….I cried. You are such a wonderful mom AND blogger!

  2. Ashley permalink
    May 11, 2011 8:14 pm

    What a wonderful blog, Amanda.

    I am in awe watching you as a mother — it doesn’t surprise me at all (you were born a mother!=)) — but it still blows me away. You are filling your children up with love, imagination, and mindfulness. I won’t try to be a mother until I know I can be at least 1/2 the mother you are — and I’m sure not there yet!

    Love your messages about your mother, Grandma Hoffmann, and the other mothers in your life…especially Grandma Sharon. I’m not sure when it will stop hurting so much, but she is a woman that should be celebrated and I’m glad we can always find a reason.

    I love you!

  3. becky permalink
    May 20, 2011 11:26 pm

    this is very good. thanks for writing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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