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May 9, 2010

Mother's Day thanks to my kids... (picture heavy!)

First, I want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to my own mom - there's not one day that goes by that I don't appreciate all you have done for us. I'm still trying to figure out how you did it and lived to tell about it! You are the polar opposite of me in that you have infinite patience and quiet wisdom, listening patiently to my OCD rants about the kids misbehavior, deployment issues, future plans, and everything else, and manage to have a calming effect without me even realizing it! (Get ready, deployment starts soon and the frantic calls to my mommy will start again!). Know that I appreciate all of it, and am so thankful my kids have you for a grandma, they miss you lots!

Here are some pics that remind me of all the reasons I am thankful to have my kids in my life this Mother's Day, in no particular order:

faces like this

...and this

... and this!

being there for your first hospital stay

and your first bee sting

and your first lesson in dressing for a Minnesota winter

watching your face the first time sledding with Aunt Sara

your first hike together with your brother

your first exposure to child labor!

the first time you sauntered by with one of these

teaching you to ice skate

your first time canoeing

your first time "up north at the cabin" and your face that stayed grubby and happy the entire week!

your first fish caught

watching you and your friends

the first time you realized your grandpa is a rock star

your first time kayaking with me

your creativity

the first time you held a chicken

your first strawberry pickin'

seeing your excited face after your first sleep-away camp

your first crab

helping you through Daddy's deployments

wiping the tears away when daddy deploys

watching your excitement at daddy's homecomings

watching you have a quiet moment with your brother

and receiving Happy Mother's Day wishes from you!

I have a lot to be thankful for this Mother's Day, and even though you guys make me crazy, thanks for bringing me along for the ride on all your "firsts"!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you, whether you mother children, pets, or enrich the lives of others by sharing love and caring with them.


  1. ohhhhh man, what a great great great post. I feel the same way about my mother - she's my best friend and I can't imagine life without her. And the pics of the boys were awesome. It's days like this that it's nice to sit back and appreciate how great our lives are and how lucky we are to be mothers!

  2. Not nice to make this mother cry first thing on Mother's Day morning before I've even had my coffee! Beautiful post.

    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you!

  3. They're so precious Erin! ((hugs))

  4. Aw, I'm in tears.

    I'm going to call my mom.

  5. What a wonderful, wonderful post! The picture of them wiping away tears as Daddy sailed away brought tears to my eyes. What an INCREDIBLE mother you are: THAT is what shows in those pictures. :)

    Sending a big Mother's Day hug from northern Minnesota!! :)

  6. Beautiful post. Happy Mother's Day!

  7. "your first exposure to child labor" BAHAHAHHA!!

  8. Beautiful post, Erin! I too am in tears. Thanks so much for sharing... and happy mother's day!!!

  9. Fantastic! THe boy came home with a letter from school that said I was six foot tall and 38 pounds. I'm so grateful someone's version of my self image is just as distorted as mine. He also said he wouldn't trade me for his teddy bear. You couldn't ask for more.

  10. Aw, had to wait a few till I could see through the tears to type. This is a beautiful post. Hope you had a great Mommy's Day!

  11. What a great stroll down memory lane. I hope you had a great day!