S: Memories for Mother's Day 2011
BC: Happy Mothers Day! | With Love, Amber, Abbey, Ashley & Autumn
FC: Mom | "A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." To our Mother - an amazing woman, a best friend, a role model, mentor, our pray warrior, and everything else in between, all day, every day. Your presence and influence in our lives can never be denied.
1: Happy Mothers Day! | Amber | Making special birthday treats for us to take to school on our birthdays. | The birth of a child is such an incredible experience, and I'm so glad you were able to share in the birth of each of my children. | Telling us what a great dad we had at random times. What a great example of a wife building up her husband for us girls. | Staying home with us (not working). How different our family life would have been if you had been gone all day. | Baking Christmas cookies. Gingerbread... yummy!! | Including little surprise notes on napkins in our lunches. | Carrying five gallon buckets full of hot water from inside the house outside into the pool so the water would be water enough for swimming. | Taking us to endless stores shopping for "the perfect" dress and accessories for Spring Fling.
2: Easter baskets, stockings, Valentine gifts. So much fun! | Amber | Saying "Jonathan!!" whenever dad says something shocking. | Coming to Disney with my family and making special memories with us. | Getting us annual Christmas ornaments. | Talking like Donald Duck. | Trips to South Bend when we lived out-of-town. Coffee, games, visiting all day.
3: Making Easter & Chrsitmas dresses | Amber | Leaving mugs of coffee around the house throughout the morning. | Slathering my babies with Baby Magic because you love the smell. | Snorting when laughing | Spending 2+ weeks with me when Aubrey was born. Nursing trials, nights in the chair, umbilical cords...such a precious time. | Yummy cooking
4: Amber | Birthday posters | Talking with your hands | Making deluxe Valentine's Day boxes for school parties. | Unconditional love - I always know no matter what you will love me. The love of a mother is powerful stuff. Something I didn't really understand until I became a mother. | Building close relationships with my kids. | Going through picture albums from early childhood. Your love for your children comes through even in the pictures..
5: Amber | Making my 4th grade bug box. Remember the creepy butterfly?? | Becoming a best friend. | Packing lunches for us every day. we were so spoiled! | Being an encouragement to me as a young mom. Understanding that it is challenging but reminding me how this precious time goes quickly. | Making birthdays and holidays special. Creating traditions that we cherish. | Being supportive, sensitive, and respectful of my relationship to my husband and the priority my family should be in my life now.
6: I loved the snacks in our lunches when the twisty tie divided up the carrots and the grapes in the same bag. | I can't even count how many times you and dad have moved me...it has been above and beyond the duty of parenthood. | I always feel lucky when people tell me that I am just like my mother. I think it's a huge compliment, and I hope it sticks! | I loved our snacks in our lunches when the twisty tie divided up the carrots and the grapes in the same bag. | I can't even count how many times you and dad have moved me...it has been above and beyond the duty of parenthood. | I always feel lucky when people tell me that I am just like my mother. I think it's a huge compliment, and I hope it sticks! | Abbey | "I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life" | Abbey | Making swim time on vacations a priority just because you had little fish for kids.
7: "I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life" | Abbey | Being able to laugh with each other...sometimes snort, too. | I love that you made family traditions important. Those have become some of the best memories. | Thank you for being patient when I called home from college for the 300th time...crying... again. | Being a stay-at-home mom gave us the best possible childhood we could have asked for. We appreciate it more now than we did then.
8: Hosting Trick-or-Treating every year for friends and then providing the traditional vegetable soup afterwards. | The stickers and notes that you put on our napkins and packed in our lunches. | Remember the dress I wore all the time in fourth grade? I loved that dress and you took the time to make little star patches on it to fix it so I could wear it forever! | Being my friend | Abbey
9: All the support and encouragement you gave when I was starting college...again. Your faith in me gave me faith in myself. | You make the best blueberry muffins in the entire world. | "All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." | Helping me make completely awesome Valentine's Day boxes for school in elementary. | Abbey
10: Abbey | Going out to lunch and talking as women and friends. | The work you put into our birthdays to make us feel extra special. | The simple fact that you "get me" is priceless. | Painting mugs for me to celebrate what I was doing with my life.
11: Always in my heart | You always take the time to make us feel incredibly special on our birthdays - I always looked forward to my day. | Teaching me how to make pies - over and over again | Homemade matching outfits for every holiday | Ashley | Talking with your hands. "Go into my closet, search through my things, and get my flip flops." | Donald Duck voice
12: Ashley | I always look forward to a new Christmas ornament every year - especially the one that you pick out just for me! | I don't just come to you for advice - I come to you for compassion, for complete honesty, for wisdom. | Our trip to Chicago for Spring Break. I know the other girls are still jealous of all that fabulous time I got you all to myself! | "you are my sunshine, my only sunshine..."
13: Ashley | Stolen kisses with dad when you think we aren't watching | Seeing your Bible spread out on the table every morning | The fact that you were always willing to get yet another dog for dad - even though you hate them :) | Red Velvet Cake | Oatmeal Pie | Gingerbread Cookies | Scotcheroos
14: Ashley | Hemming my pants. ALL of my pants. | Going to see WICKED. Twice. | Playing with my hair to help me fall asleep. Laying with me and whispering to relax everything from my head to my toes. I still hear your voice on those nights I can't sleep. | Spending hours and hours shopping for the perfect dress for whatever occasion (and letting us cry as many times as necessary along the way.)
15: Ashley | Ashley | Our shared love affair with reality tv: "did you see Survivor last night?" | Complete support for my dreams - no matter how crazy or impossible they may seem | The fact that we always have to take pictures 5-6 times to get one with your eyes open | Crawling into bed between you and dad when I couldn't sleep | family vacations every year. and new backpacks full of all the things you packed to entertain us on the way.
16: a | Always being willing to hem or fix any new clothes for us, and repairing anything that we needed. It was so nice to have a mom that knew how to sew. | Keeping a sense of humor in our house...I think we all came out to be pretty hilarious. | Giving you shoulder rubs :) | Autumn
17: Putting "secret" symbols on our Christmas presents, I felt so smart after figuring out mine. | Talking about Survivor | You and Dad were so understanding about me going to Penn, and even though it wasn't easy, it was the right place for me. | Autumn
18: Doing WW with me | Frequently reminding us of what a great Dad we have. | You have always been such a great example of what a Godly wife and mother looks like. | Autumn
19: Getting us new pj's every Christmas | Always having time to make my lunch for me every morning. | Doing fun stuff on spring break when we didn't go on vacation | Autumn
20: Autumn | Red Velvet Cake | Going on random shopping trips and being "free spirits" | Making sure I had really special senior photos :)