I have several moms I would like to celebrate today. They are all very special ladies, and I love them all very much. On the top of my list of mothers (in no special order whatsoever, as they are all very special women) are my 3 Moms.
The first one is my birth mother. You see, I am adopted. I never knew my birth mother. In fact, everything that I do know about her is contained in a small file folder. Mostly it's health history and ethnic background type stuff. And there was a letter. Even though I don't know her, I love her. I love her because she gave me life, and she loved me enough to give me to a family that would be able to love and care for me like she couldn't. That took so much courage, and love, and I am so thankful to her for that.
My second mother is my MOM!(pictured above.) She is great! We have our moments sometimes and fight, but I'm sure everyone does. She taught me how to sew....sort of. I actually ended up getting really frustrated, and she finished the project for me! But I did learn somethings as I stood and watched her finish it. She has been there for me through a lot of tough times: my first car accident, my wedding (not tough, but definitely important!), my first baby being born (no this doesn't mean I'm having another one. It just means that I plan on having more in the future! Don't read anything into it!! haha), and she will continue to be there for me when I need her to be there. I know she has a strong testimony of the Gospel, and she is a great example for me.
My third mother is my husband's MOM (picutred above)! She is also great! She taught me how to make a quilt top (yellow brick road pattern, and I use the quilt almost DAILY). She taught me how to do bouts at the floral shop. Plus, she did the toughest job of all: raising an awesome son who is an awesome father and dad. She is a great friend, and a great mom. We can't wait to see her again in a few weeks! She and Mike's dad have been serving and LDS mission and will finally be coming home!! She also is very firm in her faith and has a strong testimony of the Gospel. She is yet another great example for me.
I also have some really great Grandmas, but I don't have pictures of them. My grandmas are awesome ladies who are active in the Church and have strong faith and testimonies in the Gospel. When I get to be a Grandma, I want to be like them! My Grandma M. still does hand work (crocheting, mostly, I think) and my Grandma J. still lets us come over, even though we have a child who likes to run around causing mischief and mayhem. She doesn't even mind!! What wonderful ladies.
Then I have my awesome sisters-in-law: Angel, Diana, Amber and Lola. WOW! I could not have ever asked for better in-laws. HONESTLY! I know, some of you are probably saying "Oh, she's just saying that because they read her blog" but they really are AWESOME!! Lola has taught me so much about machine quilting and sewing techniques. Angel has given me some awesome cooking tips (which Mike thanks you for!). Diana so very kindly helps us with all of our tax questions, which are many, EVERY year. And Amber used to be my visiting teaching companion, and I miss visiting with her because she is so DANG FUNNY!
And of course I can't forget my niece who is only like a month or so younger than me (I know, so weird!) Lynsey. She is a great mom, and will soon have 3 under 3! Holy cow girlie! Lynsey makes me laugh, and we talk about pretty much everything. We even used to go walking together in an effort to lose weight, until she moved. And now I've gone and moved too, so maybe someday we'll get to be walking buddies again! Oh yeah! And we both tried Turbo Jam around the same time, too, only she stuck to it, whereas I did not. Lyns, you definitely have more will power than I do! I sure wish I could be like you and actually stick to something!!
I have learned many valuable lessons from each of these fabulous ladies on my list of Moms. I am thankful for each one of you, and everything you have taught me, and I cannot wait to see what next year brings all of us!
*toast* Here's to Wonderful Moms EVERYWHERE!! And Cheers to the special Moms in my life!