Every year when Mother’s Day rolls around, I start to feel a little panicky because I want to celebrate my Mom (after all, she IS the best Mother in the world!) but nothing I can think of really does her justice! You know what I mean? I know Mother’s Day isn’t just about giving (or receiving) gifts — read my post about What Mom’s REALLY Want For Mother’s Day HERE — but we all want to honor our mother in some way.
The past several weeks I’ve been been working on a project for my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday that has involved scanning a number of old photos! I absolutely adore old photos! I get such a kick out of reminiscing about the life and times represented in each one. Even the ones that make us cringe a little…I love them all. ;-)
While I was scanning dozens of old family photos, I came across this gorgeous photo of my Mom as a young adult. I believe it was taken right before she got married in 1952.
Here is one of my father taken around the same time. Isn’t he a handsome devil? ;-)
When I look at photos of my Mom when she was even younger than my daughter Britta is right now, I’m reminded that she is more than just my “Mom.” She was once a little girl, a young woman, a blushing bride, a new mother, etc. She has gone through all the same things I have and much, much more. And I owe her a debt that can never, ever be repaid.
The following trip down memory lane through photos is dedicated to my amazing mother! Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
My Mom with Baby Jillee. From the look on my Mom’s face I’d say she is frustrated with me stubbornly refusing to eat peas. I just love how she always styled my hair with a cute little curl in front. :-)
Here I am (again with “spitcurl” in place) on the lap of my first love…my Mom. See that little blonde-haired boy in the middle who looks like a bit like “Dennis The Menace?” That is my brother Kevin, and he gave my Mom and Dad a run for their money his entire life. I remember her always telling him, “I hope you have 4 just like you!” And guess what? He DID! ;-)
My Mom rocked the denim suit and red turtleneck back in the early 70’s. When I think about her growing up in a tiny town in Utah and then moving to Southern California right after she married my Dad, I’m in awe of how she made that transition, and for the next 4 decades carved out an amazing life for her family there.
Family vacations with 6 kids in tow (FOUR of them being girls!) I’d imagine would try the patience of a saint. I’ve always considered my mother to be a saint. She also rocked the great big sunglasses and bell bottoms!
My “debutante ball” (or our church youth organization’s equivalent) when I was a senior in high school. My mother was always my greatest source of strength and support during even the most awkward times of my life.
College graduation day. My mother ALWAYS stressed education and wanted more than just about anything, for me to graduate from college (as her mother encouraged her to do.) She looks pretty happy doesn’t she? Thank you Mom. Your firm nudges in the right direction have made all the difference in my life.
My wedding day. The moment my Mom began to transition from my Mom, into my best friend (although she’ll always be first and foremost my Mommy.)
My parents’ relationship has always been my “gold standard” and shining example of how it’s all supposed to work.
No matter where I’ve gone, what I’ve done, mistakes I made, successes I’ve achieved….my Mom (and Dad) have been there right by my side….literally and figuratively. And, as you can see, I have the photos to prove it.
Without these photos that I unearthed from dusty photo albums, I would not have nearly as many wonderful memories to tap into. Photos are a gift that help us recall the times of our life that would be long-forgotten without them.
So this Mother’s Day, I’m not feeling panicky, and I’m not worried about a gift that will be “good enough” for my Mom because I will be gifting her a beautiful memory. A memory of a time when she was beautiful young woman with a bright and exciting future.
What is your favorite memory of Mom? Share it with us!