Tuesday, December 29, 2009

my mom.

Happy Late Christmas everyone! I hope it was joyful and lovely and all that you hoped for. I’m sad that the holidays are over, but glad to have had such a wonderful time with my family. I just love them so.

And speaking of family, I feel the need to tell you just how incredible my mom is. I know, I know, we all think of our mothers this way—and as we should—moms are pretty amazing! I’ve always known my mom is the sweetest, most caring person I’ve ever known, but this just about brought me to tears…

Like many churches, my church that I grew up in had a food basket delivery program during the holidays for less fortunate individuals/families. When I was 8 years old or so, my family delivered a basket to a middle to older-aged woman named Vicky. She was so sweet and so grateful and I remember my mom staying connected with her via phone calls, cards, etc. for many years to come, but never thought much of it after a few years. Well, the other night just before Christmas, I was looking through all the Christmas cards my parents had received and being shocked at how much some people have grown up over the years. And then I came across a card that read “Thank you so much for the present and card...Merry Christmas, etc...Love, Vicky.” I asked my mom if this happened to be the same Vicky from the food baskets, thinking that surely they had lost touch by now.


17 years and two moves later, my mother still keeps up with Vicky and has become a true friend of hers. I was in awe. My sweet mother has not only kept up with her but has still been sending her gifts. My mom’s response…”I’ve learned a lot from her…she’s so inspiring.” My mom says that poor Vicky has so many health problems from working hard labor jobs and is with hardly any money at all…and yet she never complains about anything, but is instead so grateful for all that she has. Now I'm inspired.

I can’t believe how lucky I am to have that woman as my mother.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Wow. So it’s been a minute since I’ve posted but I like to think it’s because I’m super busy all the time and can hardly find the time to eat (this is a complete lie—I always find time to eat, and I’m really not that SUPER busy). Anyway, the Christmas season is upon us and I’m loving it and holding on to every bit of it as tightly as I can, because, let’s be honest…January and February kind of blow (with the exception of my birthday, that is). I turn into a complete homebody during those months because I’m the exact opposite of delightful when I’m cold and I’d rather stay inside wearing my sweatpants and drinking cocoa than tackle the tremendous feat of getting outside. Reason #714 why I think I might be turning 85 instead of 25…

But look how happy that old lady is!

Monday, December 14, 2009

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