"Everything I am or ever hope to be I owe to my Mother" ~ Abraham Lincoln

I try to stay off my computer on the weekends because 1) I am typically busy taking pictures or hunting, gathering, or painting furniture  2) If I am not doing the items listed in #1 - I am spending it with B.  So, I did not post this yesterday - I know my Mom doesn't mind.   

This weekend was exceptional for multiple reasons.  It was Mother's Day on Sunday.  It could not have been a more beautiful day!  I had all of my family around hanging out at the farm.  It was really peaceful.  Perfect.  

Now, Friday was spent in a much different way.  For those that know my Mom, they know that she loves music.  Actually, that is an understatement.  She loves music more than reality TV.  She loves music more than any Soap Opera.  Come to think about it, there are probably only 2 items on her lists of favorites that come before music and that is 1) Her kids and Husband 2) Her kids (students) and Colleagues at School.  Mom has passed this love onto us.  I have so many fond memories growing up - and with those memories there are some really great tunes that accompany them.   We spent our Friday night watching Eric Church.  If you aren't familiar, you should be.  He is a fantastic artist - and by artist I mean writer.  Anyone that strings words together like he does and then puts music to it....  AND has the ability to sing...  WOW, what an amazing talent.  And to boot, he is easy on the eyes! This is the 3rd time we have seen him, but this time it was his tour.  So, we listened to him sing for almost 2 hours.  It was beautiful.  And, I got to share it with a few of my favorites - Mom, Kenzie, and Nick (the youngest of the 6).  

It is interesting to see the many dynamics of my mom.  She loves Bugs.  Bugs maybe #4 on her list of favorites, right under her love for music.  She loves gardening and planting flowers.  She loves to read, but doesn't have nearly as much time to do it as she would like.  She spends hours upon hours on anything related to her students.  She has grown a love for pinterest (which is often used for searching for education related topics).  She lives and breathes her family.  There is rarely a day when she isn't watching grandkids or visiting with her kids.  Often, she is the ear that we turn to in any given situation.  The good.  The bad.  She is always there - and she carries the load with us.  She supports us - even if she disagrees.  She gives and gives.... and then gives some more.  Then you take a look at her kids.  She praises us - always telling us how great we are.  Does she realize we are just like her?  


Mom ~ I know I didn't get you a card.  I had really great intentions to do so.  I went to the store for a specific card.  But, it was sold out.  Next year, I will plan ahead.  Here is the card I was going to buy: Who Knew?  And inside it I would have written, "Mom, thank you for all of the gifts you have given us and all of the sacrifices you have made.  We are blessed to have such a wonderful Mom and Grandma that shares her love for life, music, bugs,  reality TV - and so much more.  Thank you for being You!  We love you! xo - Megan and Brayden.  (Sorry it's a day late.)"