Always Real, Hallmark Holidays, Parenting Gone Awry

Antique Mommy 1, Easter Bunny 0

I always think I should make Sean an Easter basket or fill a Christmas stocking. But I never do. I think the last time I made an Easter basket for Sean, he was four or five. That was the year I had the bright idea of filling Easter eggs with coins instead of candy.  I am still finding quarters in my flower beds. Every year, I think that making (or even buying) an Easter basket for Sean is something I should do because all the good moms make awesome Martha Stewart-Pinterest worthy baskets and they post pictures…

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Always Real, Antique Childhood, Antique Junk Drawer, Hallmark Holidays, Parenting Gone Awry

Wishing You A Very Antique Valentine’s Day

I found a package of unopened Valentine cards from what looks like the 1960’s in an antique store a year or so ago and I fell in love with them.  I didn’t know what I would do with them, I just wanted them, so I bought them and stashed them away with the other retro stuff I randomly buy. I guess I love these cards because they are innocent and sweet and cheesy – the things I think Valentine’s Day should be for kiddos and I still long for.  Is that when you are officially old?…

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Mother’s Day

When I picked Sean up from school today he thrust a handful of papers at me along with his backpack and took off up the hill to run and play with his friends.   When we got home, he saw that I was looking at the papers he had handed me. “Mom!” he cried, “Don’t look!” “What?” I said, “You HANDED them to me!” “Okay, you can look,” he said, “But don’t look at everything.  Just pick the one thing you want.” So I agreed to that and chose this lovely portrait of me.  He said he…

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Always Real, GiGi and Poopah, Hallmark Holidays, Snips And Snails

Big Fish Little Pond

On Saturday, my friend Gigi hosted a Mother’s Day luncheon for her church.  She invited several of us to speak on different aspects of motherhood. I spoke on infertility and late-in-life motherhood. Others spoke on looking forward to motherhood, adoptive motherhood, step-motherhood, grand-motherhood, military motherhood and another gal spoke on what it’s like being a mother to a special needs child. One lady lost her son in a tragically freak car accident when he was 32 and spoke about what a joy he was to her for the time she had him.  Each story was inspiring…

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Thanksgiving 2009 Recap

In Texas, Thanksgiving weather is anyone’s guess.  There have been some years that we had ice and sleet and other years that were warm enough to go swimming.  This year it was about 70 and sunny and intensely beautiful. Here’s what I will remember of Thanksgiving 2009: – Hanging out at Cousin Jimmy’s place in the country, where we trekked through a winding creekbed and then a pasture of needle grass with Sean playing the part of Bear Grylls and me playing the part of the woman who carries all the cool rocks and leaves that…

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Antique Junk Drawer, Hallmark Holidays, Sometimes Tart

I Digress And Call It A Post

So then, yesterday was Mother’s Day. Or Sunday. Whatever. To me, Mother’s Day ranks right up there with Boxing Day. I can take it or leave it.  I know. In your head right now, you are saying, “What kind of mother doesn’t like Mother’s Day!” Did you think I couldn’t hear that? Regardless of whatever personal issues I have with the highest of the Hallmark holy days, I am still obligated to participate.  I crumble easily under the weight of societal expectations to buy flowers and cards and to festively order others to “Have a happy…

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Easter Booty

We are not big on the commercial trappings of Easter. No one gets new Easter clothes and Sean doesn’t get a big Easter basket filled with candy and toys and a giant chocolate Easter bunny, but we do partake of the egg hunting tradition early and often, and with much enthusiasm. Last week I managed to find the plastic eggs from Easter past.  I filled them with coins and then hid them all around the yard for Sean to find. With basket in hand, Sean hunted them down, cracked them open and like a little Warren…

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Be A Pilgrim

Seek boldly. Journey courageously. Work diligently. Sacrifice valiantly. Suffer willingly. Persist relentlessly. Share extravagantly. Serve compassionately. Love fearlessly. Live intentionally. Give thanks unceasingly. We are all but pilgrims and strangers upon the earth. Peace and grace to you wherever life takes you. Happy Thanksgiving.

Hallmark Holidays, Silliness

Happy Halloween

I found this image on iStock and I publish it here for your amusement. There’s just something universally funny about a dog wearing clothes.

Always Real, Hallmark Holidays

The Mystique of Older Motherhood or What A Crock

I get an email every week or so from someone saying that because I’m an older mother, I’m probably a better mom (than those younger moms), that I am probably wiser (than those younger moms), that I probably appreciate my child more (than those younger moms), that I probably have more patience (than those younger moms).   To that I say this: HA!    For emphasis, I shall say it again: HA!    Oh that it were so. Let me assure you, it is so not so.   Sometimes y’all?  The word Mom is the sweetest sound…

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