Mom & Mom

Flowers_bouquet : beautiful bouquet of bright  wildflowers in basket, isolated on white

I have TWO mom’s!  A mom and a mother-in-law and I love them BOTH.

I want to tell you a lit­tle bit about these two very spe­cial women in my life, my mom Con­nie and my mother-in-law Meredith. 


My mom Con­nie likes to do about any­thing and every­thing. She is adven­tur­ous, will try new foods and loves to be with fam­ily any time and any where.

She has lived hours from my fam­ily; how­ever, she was always will­ing to use her vaca­tion time from work to stay with my kids when I had a chance to go on a busi­ness trip with Stan as a lit­tle get-away.  What an angel so I could have a much needed break once in a while. I truly appre­ci­ate her sac­ri­fice that she would do that for us.

In the sum­mers she would take the grand kids, a few at a time, for a week or so.  What mem­o­rable and adven­tur­ous times they had together. Mom and my kids did every­thing from find­ing lit­tle hole-in-the-wall places for the largest ham­burger or pan­cake, to hik­ing and get­ting caught in a flash flood (more on that story someday).

She calls and skypes her grand kids and great-grand-kids, always putting forth the effort to stay in touch and be involved.  She searches garage sales and thrift stores for needed items for every­one in the fam­ily to help ease finan­cial bur­dens for the basics when they are needed.

She gives hugs to mil­i­tary per­sonal, police men and women; actu­ally any­one she wants to thank for their ser­vice or help, or just because she thinks they might need a hug — which is usu­ally the case.

I am so grate­ful mom gave birth to, and cared for me. I have often sent her flow­ers on my birth­day to thank her for my life.

As the years pass, our love and friend­ship con­tin­ues to grow and strengthen.  Love you mom.DSC_2549


My other mom, Mered­ith gave me the great­est gift, my won­der­ful hus­band Stan.  She taught him well by, rais­ing him to be respon­si­ble and a man who can care for his family.

Stan told me one of his fond­est mem­o­ries as a child was the day his mom sat on the floor and helped him put together a car model he wanted to build, but was a bit too young to do it alone. What a won­der­ful sac­ri­fice of her time to do such a sim­ple thing, which has been a cher­ished mem­ory for a life­time.

As often as pos­si­ble, mom, Stan and I get together at her home to watch a movie (some­times two!) and eat take-out pizza, or some­thing I cook and bring along.  We enjoy black licorice, pop­corn and choco­late while vis­it­ing and spend­ing time together.  

She is amaz­ingly tal­ented in all sorts of hand­i­craft such as mak­ing quilts that truly are trea­sures and art (more on that later).  She also likes to do jig­saw puz­zles and loves to read, par­tic­u­larly about history.

Love you mom for your time and sac­ri­fice for our family.  DSC_2423

Maybe you could give your mom, or another woman of great influ­ence in your life, a call or a hug and tell her how much she is appreciated.

Rec­og­nize a bless­ing and be a bless­ing today.

2 thoughts on “Mom & Mom

  1. Car­rie,

    Happy Birth­day!! I love read­ing about your two moms. They both seem like extremely lovely peo­ple. I did not have that rela­tion­ship with my mom or mother-in-law. I am try­ing hard to break the chain and have a great rela­tion­ship with my chil­dren and one day my sons-in-law and daugh­ters in-law. I pray con­stantly that God will bless my chil­dren with A WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN SPOUSE. I also pray that their par­ents would be our good friends. I think the key to a great fam­ily is every­one hav­ing a belief in God.

    Diane Roark

  2. Car­rie — Have you ever linked up with the “Ladies Only Blog Share” party? Their theme this month (the party just went live) is “Cel­e­brat­ing Women Every­where.” I linked up my “Lessons from My Mom” post and thought about this great post about your mother and MIL. I thought it would be per­fect for that party, which is put on by sev­eral blog­gers with big fol­low­ings (so good traf­fic!). Gaye

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