Ode to Mothers

Oh man, being a mother is just the best. I don’t think you know how much your mom loves you until you become a mother yourself, then you’re like “Wow, you REALLY love me mom, thanks for that!”
Most moms I talk to, don’t really want a huge gift for mother’s day. All they really want is some appreciation. Nice notes from the kids, young or old, and peace and harmony at home are all we really crave.
I know I can’t speak for everyone out there, but for me, I just want a day free from chores, kids fighting, and running errands. I want to be able to snuggle my little ones all day while watching movies, playing games, or going on a family adventure in the mountains. I would also really love it if the whole house was cleaned by someone else, and stayed clean all day..just sayin’!  It doesn’t take much to make me feel appreciated.

I have many wonderful examples of mothers in my life. I could go on for days, but I’ll just talk about a few extra special mothers in my life.
First and foremost, my mom. She really made me believe that I could do anything! I still have her voice in my head to this day, telling me how awesome I am, and her saying “You can do anything you put your mind to!”
She never let me quit anything, and she forced me to participate in everything, even though I didn’t want to most of the time. I’m grateful for her belief in me, and the confidence it gave me. I really feel like the confidence she gave me helped me to expect the best for myself in all aspects of my life. I hope I can do the same for my kids.
She spoils her grandchildren like crazy and they always tell me they miss grandma Kim.
I’m grateful for my Grandma Judy. She used to give me perms growing up, and she let me have sleep overs with my Aunt Lindsey, who is only 3 years older than me. Her farm was a fun place to explore.
My Great Grandma Ainge, was extra special. When I was about 12 or 13, I would ride my bike to her house every day to do chores for her, make lunch, and help her with her hair and make up. She paid me $2 an hour, and now I feel like I should have been paying her. She was the ultimate example of a spunky and sassy lady, and she made me feel special.
She always told me I made the best sandwiches, cause I put extra salt on them for her. She rocked Aqua Net like nobody’s business, and she made me vacuum the same room everyday, even though no one ever went in there. She told me stories of her life growing up and I loved spending time with her, even if I didn’t want to admit it at the time.
She was also an avid fan of Garth Brooks, she thought he was sexy, which totally creeped me out. Ha ha!
I still feel her watching over me and my family to this day, even though she’s been in heaven for over 12 years.

My Grandma Bev is also a great example to me of love and warmth. You can’t go to her house without feeling the love that she has for her children. She’s someone that everyone in town knows and everyone loves. She is a hard worker, an excellent quilt maker, and a great listener. I always knew she cared about me growing up, and she still calls and texts me to check up on me.
I will always treasure the time we spend canning tomatoes and salsa.
She loves visiting with my kids. She makes sure to snuggle and love them, and read stories to them when we visit.
She always tells us, “Remember who you are and what you stand for.” I remember wanting to make her proud when I was growing up. I never wanted her to be disappointed in me.
I hope I can be an amazing grandmother like her someday.

I’m grateful for my mother-in-law, Julie,  she is very thoughtful, and her grandkids just adore her. She does crafts with them, or makes cookies every time we visit. She taught me how to make wedding cakes, and how to make an extravagant meal with all the fixin’s.
But most of all, I’m grateful for her for raising an amazing son.
I’m also grateful for Mike’s Grandma Kjar. She and Grandpa Kjar always go out of their way to visit every time they pass through town. They bring cookies and treats for my kids, and always send cards on their birthdays. She is sassy and spunky and I just love her. 
I hope you take the time to tell the mothers in your life just how much they mean to you today. I know I have SO many reasons to be thankful! And I’m sure you understand now, why I’m so sassy! I come from a long line of sassy women, and I love it!
Happy Mothers Day!
Jessica:)

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