For My Mom…

Total Confession…After I wrote this, I forgot to post it before Mother’s Day because on May 9, my Mom took a tumble and ended up in the hospital! She’s fine…but she ended up with a severely sprained ankle and two broken bones in her foot and now my cute Mom is learning to maneuver around in a wheelchair because she can’t put any weight on her foot! This incident, of course, disrupted our weekend and I forgot to post…but it doesn’t matter whether you see this before or after Mother’s Day…

My mom is one great lady!

My Mom is 85 years young and each year that I get to celebrate Mother’s Day with her is a blessing and a gift. The older I get, the more I value these days with her.

I don’t care if Mother’s Day has turned into an overly commercialized holiday. I don’t have to make it that and I don’t. What I care about most is that I have one more year to spend with her. And this year…we’re spending it together in Frankin, Tennessee. What’s the big deal about this? Well…last year on Mother’s Day, we barely knew that Franklin existed and here we are.

My Mom is a vibrant woman. She’s active. She’s spry. She’s involved with her new community. She’s made new friends. She’s in a walking group that meets twice weekly. Her church community loves her and I’m so excited that she’s found her own way in her new life. This isn’t easy for anyone, let alone when you’re 85.

She’ll be upset with me for sharing this picture…but I love it!

It’s kind of a big deal!

She’s also my Discovering Franklin buddy. On days when I’m going to a new place, she’s up and ready for whatever adventure our new life takes us on.

Here she is at Dickens Christmas in Downtown Franklin.

My biggest blessing in all of this was traveling across the United States with her in the passenger seat and my two cats sitting on our laps.

I know…it could have been dangerous, but it wasn’t…and that’s where they were the happiest…on our laps…in the front seat!

We laughed…we relived our family vacations…we shared stories…we were quiet and taking in the beauty of our country…we talked endlessly and I cried and she listened. (I mean…I cried a lot.)

My Mom has always been there for me. She’s the first one to put her arms around me (even to this day) and tell me that it’s going to be okay, even if she doesn’t know for sure that it will be.

In my toughest times, she’s taken care of me when I didn’t know how I was going to keep going. She’s just there and it helps to know I can count on that.

The beauty of having my Mom here is that we’re friends…we look out for each other…

We’ve crossed the bridge that brings women together, not just as mother and daughter, but as friends. That is my blessing and there isn’t a card on rack or a gift in a box that can make that happen.

It just happened so naturally and I am filled with gratitude.

I won’t be with Kaitlyn on Mother’s Day and I’m trying to be brave about it. Not because we won’t celebrate on Mother’s Day…it’s just that it’s another one of those not-so-nice firsts. But she’s coming to visit three days later and so we’ll make our own special day.

Our Day…

A Kaitlyn and Mom Day…

A do whatever we want kind of a day because we don’t need a day set aside once a year to celebrate the bond and the love between us.

If you know someone who is hurting this Mother’s Day…reach out…send love…speak kindness and be there.

How do you honor your Mom?


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