Random 5 for Mother’s Day

Mom & I watching the SK football game 3 weeks ago. An Emjayandthem (C) photo

Mom & I watching her favorite football team. An Emjayandthem (C) photo

  1. A mom reads you like a book, and wherever she goes, people read you like a glowing book review.” ~Robert Brault.  If only I could do half the things Mom believes I can!
Mom would call these "Life Lessons"

Mom would call these “Life Lessons”

  1. Mom taught me a lot, but in spite of her best efforts, there remain some lessons that didn’t take: I can’t sew, I don’t enjoy gardening and I never mastered her bread recipe.   Here are the ones that did: sharing a meal lovingly prepared, the joy in make-believe play on stormy days, the places books can take you and the ability to laugh at myself. (Remember her story “I’m Gay?”)
Grandma and Mom in the kitchen together; and Emjayandthem (C) photo

Grandma and Mom in the kitchen together; and Emjayandthem (C) photo

  1. Mom loves music and always had the radio playing in her kitchen, and I do the same.  She also taught me the importance of date nights, of a dab of perfume and a swirly skirt and jewelry that makes you feel like a girl. Mom loved me enough to let me go yet never failed to rally and cheer, “You can do it, kid!”
..:: read it ... learn it ... live it ::..

..:: read it … learn it … live it ::..

  1. When I think about how much I love my boys, I get how much she loves me.  And I think that when you’ve been loved .. you can love.  ❤ Tomorrow, they’re taking me out for Tex-Mex and Margaritas, laughter and love.  And if she could, she’d be in there “like a dirty shirt.”


  1. Some of my best times with Mom have taken place when it was just the two of us; up late in a quiet house enjoying rambling conversations.  In those moments she told me more about herself and her life’s journey than I had known or imagined. Time stopped and we were just two good pals hanging out together– laughing, crying, looking back, and being grateful.   I’m so glad I took the time to know her as a woman and not just as my Mom.

Nameless moments


In everything I’ve ever accomplished and all that I’ve ever experienced, I’ve had one tiny but mighty powerhouse behind me: my Mother.

The 3 words that describe her best?  She. Was. There.

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Happy Mother’s day to all of you!  Please share a favorite memory of your Mom with me!

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20 thoughts on “Random 5 for Mother’s Day

  1. Beautiful post MJ.

  2. My mother and I always canned pickles together in August in her home without air conditioning. We called them beer pickles because the canners (that would be us) had to drink beer to get through it with all the heat from the steamers. Great times! Wish she was here to can again.

  3. I couldn’t have said it better MJ. What a wonderful tribute to your mother and all the others who love and nurture.

  4. Sweet! It sounds as though you have the same relationship with your mom that I had with mine. Happy Mother’s Day to you tomorrow, MJ, and I hope your Mom has a nice day too!

    • we’ve had a lot of fun together and still do. I had a good chat with her yesterday; My sisters had been there, and one sister and I went in on a huge flower bouquet for her, which she loved (I’m sure my other sister brought treats/gifts as well). She is holding her own and that’s really good news! MJ

  5. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Very lovely tribute to your Mother, MJ, You are blessed that you have had all this time to be with you and learning more about her. My special Mother had been gone over 40 years and I feel like I have missed so much that I would have loved to known about her. Treasure your Mother always and lean as much as you can. It is a wonderful treasure indeed. ❤

    • She’s quite a neat lady, as many mothers are, and I’m well aware how lucky we all are to have had her around as long as we have! MJ

  6. I love all of these! You do such a wonderful job honoring your mom. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your family! ~ Sheila

  7. Such a sweet post. Lately, my mom fills me in on all the news every morning and it always makes me laugh so hard. Her take on things is priceless. She knows she doesn’t have much life left, so she’s making a point to write down her family history and organize all her photos. It’s something I’ll always treasure after she’s gone.

    • I traveled to DC recently and teased Mom that I’d bring her an Obama cup and a Trump hat – her response was priceless, “Not sure which one I’d toss further!” She’s still interested in current events/politics and keeps up on things as best as she can.

      Your Mom and mine sound a bit alike – feisty! 🙂 MJ

  8. richripley

    Need a “love” button for this one. When are you headed back up there?

    • Right now she’s doing well and is stable so I am not going until a family wedding this summer. Hoping all stays as is while we move etc. MJ

  9. Mmmm! Love this! The love you share with your mom comes shining through. And the way you describe how the simple things tell all, makes me realize that my mom and I have achieved this too.

  10. What a sweet post, MJ. An adult niece had the opportunity to spend the night with my mom at some point in time. She said as soon as the lights went out, Grandma started talking and they ended up giggling like two little girls. I loved that memory.

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