A Gift For Mom – May 2009

COMMENTS CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who visited and commented!!

I did something a little different this time – I went through all of the comments and lumped them into four different categories to insure that the winners would receive what they really wanted. So …


The Chicken Soup Winner:

The Twilight Winner:

Marley & Me Winner:

The Lotion Basket:

Check your email box – I’ll be notifying each of you shortly!


This round of Thank You Awards is a special edition to honor all the moms out there. Being a mom is a tough and sometimes thankless job and it’s time we reminded society that being a mom is one of the most important jobs out there.

For truly, what job is more important than shaping our future?

I would like to offer the following giveaways (and for the sake of honest disclosure, I’d like to point out that I’ve purchased all of these giveaways – I do not accept paid sponsorships, ever. This is my small way of giving back to a community that I care about).

1. Bath and Body Works lotion basket – this includes: basket, Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Fragrance Mist, 3 oz. each, and a gauze sponge. Winner’s choice of the following fragrances: Enchanted Orchid, Sea Island Cotton, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Sweet Pea, Warm Vanilla Sugar.

2. Marley & Me – paperback book.

3. Twilight – paperback book.

4. Chicken Soup for the Soul. Winners’ choice from one of the following: Mother, Mother / Daughter, Mother / Son, Special Needs Child.

Here’s all you have to do to win:

1. Leave a comment and tell me what prize you would like to win – this counts as one ticket. (One comment per day, please).

2. Subscribe to my feed, receive another ticket. (Please leave separate comment if subscribed).

3. Follow me on Twitter, receive another ticket. (Please leave separate comment if following).

I will draw four winners at 11:00 a.m. CST, May 11th.

Please feel free to post this button on your blogs, if you wish.

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Thank You for the Opportunity to Be a Better Person

I was a difficult child to raise.

I was obstinate, stubborn and quite defiant.

And yet, my mother never gave up on me.

She took everything in stride.

I was her firstborn, her experiment, her exasperation. I was the child who would not be tamed.


She feels like she made some mistakes with me. I feel like I took advantage of her good nature – we’ve since apologized to each other for past regrets.

We are good friends today.

I never thought of myself as a mother. I was content to simply concentrate on my future, on being a wife, on having a partner and on having fun. Children were great, I thought, as long as they belonged to someone else.

But then my boys came along …


… and suddenly, my perspective changed. My whole world was turned upside down and I was left caring for these incredible, intelligent little boys who looked to me for guidance.

And my heart nearly burst with a strange and fierce new love.

I was terrified, and yet, I was ready for the responsibility. I made so many mistakes. But I’m confident I also had many more triumphs. Being their mother hasn’t been easy – in fact, it’s been a physical and emotional roller coaster – but it’s always been satisfying. My sons arrived in this world each holding one half of my heart in their tiny, plump fists and they haven’t let go.

And I daresay, I hope they never will.

October 1995

Dude was a sweet boy who desperately wanted my approval. He was a fairly easy child to take care of – unless he didn’t get his way. And there were times I had to simply force myself to shrug off his tantrums and walk away because I couldn’t trust myself to control my own temper. We’ve clashed over many, many things and I think it’s mainly because we’re so much alike – he’s a carbon copy of what I COULD be. I’ve had to learn to pick my battles with Dude, and he’s learned different and unique ways of manipulating me. He is my strong, quiet, introspective son and he holds the left side of my heart.

Jazz was a difficult baby. He was never happy with anything I tried and it wasn’t until he became mobile that he really started settling down and being content with life. He was a baby on the go and his tendency to jump into situations, feet first, has gotten him into trouble, and lost, several times. He was, and still is, oblivious to his surroundings because his head is in the clouds and he finds it difficult to focus. I’ve had to learn to be his eyes and his shield to the outside world and me and Dude work together to make sure he’s kept safe – from himself. He is my loud, friendly, creative son and he holds the right side of my heart.

These boys are the reason I am who I am today. I’ve worked hard at raising them to be kind, considerate, responsible and loving individuals

I am a better person because of my sons.


Thank you for making me your mother.

I am proud.

I am humbled.

Monday Morning Meme

Monday Morning Meme – May 11th

All you have to do is answer the questions below either in the comment section, or on your blog. And elaborate! Make these questions show your unique and special personalities. This meme entry will post at 12:01 every Monday morning and will be the first postentry listed on WFK all day Monday. (This is an all-day Monday meme, so please, play all day!)

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May 11th Questions:

1. Do you prefer writing on paper or a keyboard? Why? Care to hand write a short letter to us, scan it, and then post it to your blog?

2. If the shoes make the man (or woman), what do your shoes say about you right now? (Assuming you’re wearing shoes. Although if you’re not, that certainly says something, too.) Describe your favorite pair of shoes. Now tell us how they make you feel when you wear them.

3. Who was your arch enemy in high school? Why were they your enemy? Do you think you could be friends today? Why or why not?

4. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one ability or quality, what would it be? How would this new-found ability or quality change your life?

Monday Morning Meme Participants

1. PhoenixTheBloggingMama
2. Vicki
3. Marianne
4. Jodi
5. Rachel
6. Angie
7. GiGi @ Incrementum
8. Dawn’s Daily Life

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