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Friday, May 9, 2014

To My Mother....

This post is dedicated to my Mother….my inspiration…my guiding light…my friend…

~*~elementary school~*~

Who taught me all of the lessons in life I needed to know to not only be the mother I am today but “who" I am today. Who taught by example...not just words. Who not only allowed me to "march to the beat of a different drummer" but encouraged me to. Who showed us what selflessness is when, time after time, she put her own wishes and needs after her 5 children’s. Who spent countless hours crocheting in a waiting room while her four daughters took tap, jazz and ballet lessons. Who let us stay home from school on “recital day” to wrap our long, straight hair in strips of wet cotton and let us play in the sun as it dried our hair into long, beautiful ringlets.

~*~dancing mom~*~

Who never let us stay angry at each other for very long because “friends will come and go but your siblings will always be there for you…they will be your lifelong friends.” She was right. Who reassured us that being late bloomers was really a blessing and that all of the other girls were just “peaking too soon”… and they’d be “losing their bloom” just about the time we were really coming into our own…and that it would be worth the wait. She was right.

~*~high school~*~

Who made us smile again when some foolish boy was careless with one of our hearts. Who showed us determination when she went to college for the first time only after raising her children …seeing them all through college and watching them start lives of their own. Who became a kindergarten teacher and always started her morning sitting on the floor with her “smarty pants” and reading 
"Oh  The Places You Will Go."

~*~high school graduation~*~

Who inspired us when she never left our father’s side as he faced the battle for his life. Who held his hand from the moment we heard the heart-wrenching diagnosis until the moment he became the angel who watches over us now. Who showed us strength when she picked up the pieces of all of our shattered hearts and helped us put them back together.
~*~mom and dad~*~

Who showed us faith by saying “it is not the life I want right now but it’s the life God’s given me to live right now and so I will accept it.” Who showed us courage when she got her driver’s license at 70 years old!

~*~Engagement Photo~*~

My “Maman”...who continues everyday of her life to teach me about 
faith, strength, courage, determination and hope….

Happy Mother's Day Maman!
I love you…

And to my mother-in-law...."Nan":....I miss you so much!

P.S. Happy Mother's day to all of you!


  1. Oh such a beautiful tribute to your Mother and Mother in law. You touched my heart sweet friend. Happy Mother's Day to you. Xo

  2. So Lovely Michelle, both your tribute and your Mother's smile.
    Happy Mothers' Day to you.
    hugs and JOY,

  3. Dear Michelle, your tribute to your mother, is so very beautiful, filled with love and thankfulness.
    Happy Mothers day to you my dear friend.

  4. What a sweet tribute to your lovely mom and your MIL! Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

  5. What a beautiful tribute to your mother! Happy Mother's Day to you and her. xoxo

  6. Oh my goodness, your mother sounds like such an inspiring and brave lady! You are very lucky to have been raised by such a wonderful mommy. Happy Mother's Day to you!

  7. Hi Michelle,
    What a beautiful tribute to your mom. This was so sweet and so full of love. Happy Mom's Day to you too.
    Enjoy the day tomorrow.

  8. Two amazing young women, your Mom and Mother in law...your story "really" brought tears to my eyes...Beautiful women and what a beautiful tribute. Your post is what mothers day is all about. Thanks for sharing...My Mother (and other families as well) had little during the depression, and my father worked hard, and everything we had, was "special" no matter how little it was. How different it is now today, when more is never enough. I am just happy to remember how it was "back" then...Happy Mother's Day to you!

  9. Oh Michelle, what a legacy! Beautifully Done...

  10. Dearest Michelle-- such a beautiful tribute-- the most special of all the tributes I've read so far. She was beautiful- as are you. I did not know she was a nurse:)

    She must have been so proud of you--

  11. Michelle,
    A beautiful tribute to your Mother, dear friend!!!
    My heart is filled with blessings after reading this!!!
    Happy Mother's Day to you, too!!!

  12. **love this**...and I see where you get your beautiful smile!


Taking the time to share your thoughts...your words...and your inspiration fills my soul....Merci.