Mother’s Day Centerpiece

Flowers in Rain Boot

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I have been thinking of ways to honor my Mom. I met her and my Dad for lunch yesterday, so I shared a copy of the post I wrote earlier this week. She was a little teary-eyed as she read the reasons I am thankful for her — which, in turn, touched me.

Flowers in Rain Boot

At the age of 47 I’m still so grateful to have both of my parents in my life. I know many people have lost their mothers. However, we often have other special women who have impacted our lives.

My Mom

I decided it would be fun to honor the women in our lives with this simple arrangement of flowers displayed in a rain boot. I purchased a pair of kid’s rain boots along with plastic cups that were small enough to slide down into the legs of the boots and hold water for the flowers.Continue reading

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Why I’m Thankful for My Mom

Karen & Mom

Karen & Mom

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so I wanted to introduce you to my mom, Ann.

There are many things I’ve learned from her over the years. As I look back at my upbringing, and look ahead to Mother’s Day, I am so thankful.

Mom and Dad - weddingI am thankful my Mom is selfless. After going to college, becoming a registered nurse, and working for a few years, my Mom moved from the city to the country to marry my Dad and live on the farm. About a year later she became a new mom, and then went on to have three more kids. She stayed at home with us while we were growing up, and I am forever grateful for her sacrifices.

I am thankful my Mom is creative. Whether I was entering a project in the 6th grade science fair or preparing a presentation for 4-H, she helped me make it extra special. For instance, when I wanted to do my science fair project on the importance of giving blood, she took me to tour the local Blood Bank and we brought home slides and actual samples for my display table.

I am thankful my Mom is supportive. My Mom is soft spoken, tenderhearted and loyal. Whenever I came home from school with a challenge, she was ready to lend an ear, and I knew she had my back. She didn’t push me to be in activities and allowed me to choose the ones I wanted to do.

I am thankful my Mom is brave. After raising her kids my mom returned to college to get her Bachelor’s degree in English. I was impressed with her courage to do this and graduate the same year my sister graduated from college. She then went back to work as an RN at a hospital in Des Moines. It impressed me then, and it impresses me even more now as an adult.Continue reading

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