During the pregnancy of my oldest daughter, no one could have prepared me for the depth of raw emotions I would experience the first time I held Abigail in my arms.  I had read all the books on parenting, breastfeeding, sleep habits, and the developmental stages of the first couple years of my baby’s life.  But there were no books on how, in a split second, my perspective on love would change forever.

Being someone’s mom changed me in ways I wasn’t expecting.  It was as if a veil had been lifted from my eyes as I could see how I had been so selfish and arrogant during the years of my life with my mom.  Even as a child I often questioned her logic and reason for why she did the things she did, like why she always made us wear used clothing or would work until 8 pm most evenings.  Didn’t she want to spend time with us?  Why did she not care enough to buy us new clothes now and then? Even as a young adult living on my own I was somewhat confused why my mom made the decisions she did.

Mom and Abigail the day she was born.

I apologized to her in my hospital bed.  “I’m sorry mom… I get it now.  You did an amazing job raising me and I will forever be grateful.  Please forgive me for not appreciating you more and doubting you.”  Yes, she was doing the best she could with the resources she had just trying to keep a roof over our heads and food in our mouths.  She worked hard just so we could have our basic needs met.  This realization was going through my mind in the quiet moments in my hospital room where I would stare at Abigail, her tiny toes, feet, and fingers.  I just could not believe I was her mom and she was totally dependent on me to meet her needs.  I thought to myself: “I would do anything for her, just like mom did everything she could for us.”  I discovered rather quickly after becoming a mom that a ‘mama bear’ instinct was unleashed inside of me.

Fast forward to today and I still appreciate my mama.  Abigail, who is almost ten years old, looks and talks to me sometimes like I don’t know what I’m doing.  Honestly, sometimes she’s right.  She doesn’t see value in the role of motherhood.  Like me at that age she is squarely focused on her own reality of friends, schools, and hobbies.  I’m just here as a pillar of love.  However, someday I hope each of my kids, when they become parents, will discover the same epiphany I did about my own mother.  Until then, I’ll just hope this Sunday I will get to sleep in, perhaps have breakfast in bed, and gush compliments over the handmade cards I get every year.

To all of you ‘mama bears’ out there: Happy Mother’s Day!  We do have value, meaning, and most importantly a high calling.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we are giving away three copies of Jennifer Chandler’s cookbook, Simply Suppers.  This cookbook is all about putting good comfort food on your dinner table.  Chandler’s Roast Chicken with Pan Gravy, Sweet Potato Casserole (recipe below), and Parmesan Roasted Tomatoes are recipes you’ll want to cook for your family and pass down through generations.  It’s a cookbook about feeding families and creating memories.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment by 9 pm, May 8, 2011 (Mother’s Day) sharing with us a special memory of your mom or a valuable lesson you learned as a mother.

Contest is opened to US residents.  Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email.  Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing these cookbooks in honor of Mother’s Day. Congratulations to Angela Willis, Amanda Marie and Tama Filipas! The contest is now closed. Thanks everyone.

© 2010 by Jennifer Chandler.  All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

  • Prep Time: 5 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 30 min(s)
  • Servings: 6-8

This dish is just too good to be saved only for the holidays.
Reprinted with permission by Jennifer Chandler and Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra to grease the baking dish
  • 8 sweet potatoes, scrubbed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups baby marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 2 1/2-quart baking dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place the potatoes on the baking sheet and bake until fork tender, about 1 hour. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  3. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and, using a spoon, scoop the flesh into a large mixing bowl. Discard the skins. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the potato flesh until smooth. Add the butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spoon and level the mixture into the prepared dish. Evenly top with a single layer of marshmallows. Bake until the marshmallows are puffed and golden and the potatoes are heated through, about 30 minutes.
  5. Do Ahead: This can be made a day ahead, covered, and refrigerated. Return to room temperature before baking.
  6. Time-Saving Tip: I prefer the flavor of freshly baked sweet potatoes. But if you are short on time, you can boil peeled and cubed sweet potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes, and drain well. Precooked sweet potatoes, which can be found in the grocery freezer section, are another shortcut.
  7. Variation: My good friend Allison Lemm makes a delicious Bourbon Pecan version of this recipe. Stir 2 tablespoons of bourbon into the sweet potato mixture and add a 1/4 cup of toasted chopped pecans to the marshmallow topping.

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  • JessicaKW

    One of the most valuable lessons I learned from my mom is the importance of standing back and letting my child make mistakes. I don’t need to tell them everything. They can figure some things out for themselves.
    Thanks for the giveaway! I love that cookbook!

  • angela Willis

    My mom taught me that there is a big world out there and I should spread my wings and fly. I’m not sure how she let me go but she did and she was right. It is wonderful out there but there’s no. Place like home.

  • Carrie

    My mother’s famous words.. ‘if you always tell the truth, you never have to remember anything’

  • http://www.kristinpotpie.com Kristin P

    Sounds like a great cookbook! My favorite Mother’s Day memory is 3 years ago when we flew my my mother home for a visit and she surprised her mother for Mother’s Day – Grandma was so overcome with joy that she had tears streaming down her face.

  • Betsy N.

    She passed away when I was 15, but for every year I was alive, she and my Dad left us with our grandparents while they went to the Kentucky Derby. They had a wonderful time and so did we. The lesson I learned is it is not a sin to go on a vacation with your husband. It creates wonderful memories for the parents and the children.

  • Chrissy

    I do not have a good relationship with my mom and now that I am one myself I am looking for traditions to share with my little guy. I love to cook and this would be great for us!

  • Cheryl

    Motherhood is truly the a great gift God has given me. I am blessed to still have my Mama and to be the mother of 2 amazing children and the grandmother to 4 fabulous grands !!

  • Kelly

    My mom was a single mom and she taught me to never give up and follow through with whatever you say you are going to do. She’s a tough cookie to raise me and my sister all by herself. As I have a husband and 3 kids of my own, I don’t know how she did it!

  • Carol Lozano

    A few of the biggest things I ever learned while being a mom (I have 8 children) were don’t ever say my child wouldn’t do that and no matter what your children do you still love them unconditionally.

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  • http://www.mothersmementos.com Rachel

    My mother is the rock of our family and sacrificed so much for us. She gave up her dreams to support her husband’s and that meant packing up, moving, and living at over 15 different addresses in the 32 years here in the U.S. She never had a \home\ to make her own — it was wherever the five of us were together.

  • Josh

    My mother taught me patience. Maybe not the way everyone else learned but she helped me understand that in order to be a strong parent you have to be patient.

  • Michael

    My mom is the best!

  • http://www.thethinkingblonde.com Natali

    I will never forget how my mom was there for me when my own son was born and we were just home from the hospital, I was recovering from a c-section and my son just cried and cried for DAYS on end (I didn’t know he wasn’t getting much food, we had nursing/latch issues) and I never thought I would be able to make it through those first through weeks, but with her help, I did, and my son is healthy and thriving now at almost 4.

  • Jennifer

    My mom taught me everything about parenthood and cooking. She makes her life lessons funny, “Tell me about it, I had two kids to take care of” makes me think my problems aren’t as bad!

  • Brandy

    I am the mom of three and as a mom I have learned that they come in all shapes and sizes! They are all so different and often present me with different challenges.

  • http://morriscountymom.blogspot.com/ Sharon Maroldi

    My mom always said she didn’t understand people who say, “I’m too busy,” followed by whatever they’re doing. While working full-time (still) and volunteering within the community, she has never been too busy for me or my brother. Whether it was a sports game, hemming a pair of pants, watching my daughters for me, making extra meals for her parents or commenting on a column I’ve written. I’ve never heard her once say, “I’m too busy.”

  • http://www.timeoutdad.com Renny (TimeOutDad)

    Now that I’m a parent, I see more and more how much my mom gave of herself to our family. What an amazing role model she was. She was our rock, and we all miss her so much.

  • Sara Ostin

    Something my Mom taught me that I now share with my own two children is to say something nice to yourself everyday. Wake up, look in the mirror, and tell yourself you’re awesome. It sounds ridiculous, but it really does create confidence and affects the way you treat others. That’s just one of many things my Mom taught me that shaped me into the woman (and mother) that I am today!

  • Donna

    My mom began losing her hearing as a teenager and is now completely deaf. One thing very dear to me is that she was at every chorus performance I was part of during elementary school, even though she couldn’t hear it. She was there for me, and has always been.

  • http://i8nyc.com jeff

    I remember leaning my head on mom’s shoulders on the train, ignorant and responsibility free. Ah, the good ole days!

  • Amanda

    In my childhood memories, I always see my mom. Not center stage, but somewhere in the periphery…letting me explore, but never get lost.

  • Beth

    My mom always told us life’s not fair when we’d fight as kids over who got something we wanted. She reminded us to smell the flowers we did get even if they weren’t roses. So true and I’m thankful everyday for the little things in life that I’m blessed with.

  • Darcee

    I was so lucky to have a stay-at-home mom. She sacrificed so that she could stay home with us. When my youngest brother started school, she worked part time. She told me that she always had to be there when her children came home from school. That it was the most important time of the day. We could share with her our successes, and she could “undo” the things that didn’t go right at school that day. Now I see glimpses of my mom in me and feel proud. I hope I turn out half as good.

  • Jennifer

    The most valuable lesson my mom taught me to ” close the blinds.” when my son started walking and well pretty much being a boy, I would chase him around the house keeping him from climbing on things and getting into things. I would stress my self out trying to keep him from climbing on things, thinking he might get hurt. I keep saying those words to myself, thinking I can’t do that, but I’ve learned that by closing the blinds my son will be more independent and not be afraid to try new things.

  • Frances

    I have two sons who are 17 years apart…… Can you imagine? as a mom I have learned to cherish every moment you have with your kids because every moment with them only comes ones, so if you make the most out of every situation, your children will feel loved and secure.

  • Abigail Hanson

    The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that even through the hardest of days with my 3 and soon to be 2 year old to cherish every moment. They grow up so fast, never put off doing something with them ( whether it be going to the zoo or playing baby for the millionth time ) one day they won’t be so little and I’ll have missed the chance. Always, always tell them I love them and shower them with kisses, something my mother didn’t do so much with me.

  • Val

    I love and appreciate my mother in a way I never did as a kid. She gave me space to be myself. . . even though we are so different in many ways. It’s something I try to remember with my own family now. Room to be yourself — what a gift. It’s so cool to build a different sort of relationship with her now that I’m an adult with kids of my own. And love to the “mamas” in my life who mentored me along the way. Love you, beautiful women.

  • beth

    I am thankful I was able to be a stay-at-home mom. The time has gone by in the blink of my eye. My oldest son is graduating from college in 2 weeks. Seems like yesterday he was my sweet newborn. Cherish every moment -children grow to quick.

  • Tonya

    I think the biggest thing I’ve learned being a mother is how important it is to pick your battles. If you try to fight with your kids over every little thing, both you and your kids will go crazy. It’s important to let the little things go sometimes.

  • Pamela Ball

    My mother died of cancer, & she always said, Life is short, be happy, & treat others the way you want to be treated. I was blessed with 3 daughters & 2 beautiful granddaughters, I am raising. I raised my 3 daughters, & now my granddaughters to live the way my mom taught me. I lost my middle daughter at the age of 31 to brain cancer, the message my mama told me, rings even more true. Mothers Day is a hard one for me. I never miss an opportunity to tell those I love how I feel!

  • Jaime

    My mom taught me to never give up on your family. My parents had some struggles throughout their marriage, which started when my mom was 15 and my dad was 19. After having a child early, they separated and struggled to “grow up”. Then when my mom was pregnant with me, my father thought they shouldn’t have me because they were done having children. She stood up to him and because of that, I’m here and so incredibly thankful to her for giving me life. After 40 years, their marriage remains strong.

  • http://savorysweetlife.com alice

    I’m incredibly moved by all your stories. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Annie

    My mom still teaches me all the time. We are moving in to our own house in a month but have been living with my mom the past six years so I can stay home and raise my children. I let the boys spend as much time with grammie as possible and learn what they can from her too. I know they will miss seeing her and pa everyday when we move. They think we are all moving together because they have never been without their grammie and pa!

  • Swapna

    In a small town south of india, i was raised by my mom who was great. The most cherished memories were taking my sister and me to the roof of our home and feeding moon light dinner to us. She always told me, put your heart to anything u want and work hard, leave the rest to the god. That very line always keeps me going when i am low. My mom still lives in india, i am in US 10000 miles away, still keep her as my inspiration and miss her on this moms day

  • Von

    Nothing like being a mom to appreciate what your mom did for you. I will never forget how much my mom had to sacrifice when my family took refuge here in America so that her children can have a better future.
    That’s a beautiful photo of your mom and daughter.

  • Elizabeth

    My mom has always been my rock. She was a source of light when I was going through the darkness of divorce. I never thought I’d be anything to anyone ever again, but my mom told me differently. She told me to get up, dust myself off, and work on myself and the rest would just come together. It did, and I am now remarried to a wonderful husband and I have a beautiful 14 month old girl. I hope someday I can be half the mom to her that my mom is and has been to me.

  • Jen Lembo

    Being a mom is both the hardest job and the most unbelieveable experience a woman can have. I looked forward to having children for as long as I can remember, probably because I had such a good role model in my own mother. After I got married, I found both an amazing mother and friend in my mother in law. I would not be able to do what I do for my children without their constant support. Thank you Mom and Marie!

  • Rhonda Bailey

    I remember as a teenager we didn’t have money for a prom dress, my mom saved up grocery money and found a prom dress for $60. I will never forget what a sacrifice that was for us. But, even more important she reminded me of her favorite saying “pretty is, is pretty does-you have to be pretty on the inside to be pretty on the outside.”

  • nancy

    the best thing about my mom is that she is an even better grandmother. I love that!

  • David DeAvila

    As a soldier who just returned home from Afghanistan, I can truthfully say that it was the thought of my mom praying for me everyday that taught me about a mother’s love. She never missed a day, something that I know I did not do in return, and therefore showed me her unconditional love and dedication to her children. If only all of us could replicate the love of a mother towards her children, imagine the world we would live in….

  • Kristin Guenther

    She taught me that even a childs feelings are valid, relavant, and deserve to be heard.

  • Hannah

    My mom taught me compassion and to treat others like how you wanted to be treated.

  • Pam

    My mom has taught me patience and perseverance. Never stop caring and never stop loving. Thanks, Mom!

  • Christi

    My mom taught me that cooking comes from the heart. It isn’t all about the ingredients. Love can make something ordinary turn into something extrodinary!

  • Pam

    My mother taught me patience and perseverance. Never stop caring and never stop loving. Thanks, Mom!

  • Tama Filipas

    My daughter, just turned 23, refers to me as Mama Bear these past couple of years. I love it. Hope my son, 7, does the same. They are my loves.

    Super article. Happy Mama Bear’s Day!

  • Sonya Stevenson

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    when dealing with challenging times keep in mind “This to shall pass.”

  • w.price

    One of the most important things that both of my grandmother’s taught me was perseverance. They raised me and through their experiences during the Great Depression, they taught me some basic, vital survival skills. They taught by example, the way they lived every day: eating leftovers, conserving water, planting a garden, putting quarters in a piggy bank. They are no longer here with us, but wish they were so that I could hug them and give them a better thanking than I did when I was younger.

  • Madeline

    Beautiful piece. I had this same experience when my child was born. I did not think I had that much love inside me….I am so glad I had a child.

  • Melissa

    The motherly lessons came from my grandmother. She made every meal in her small dishwasherless kitchen and cleaned up afterwards. I ran out to play and did not help clean up nearly often enough. She would always indulge my request for \American Chop Suey\ for dinner. My fondest memories are of walking downstairs mornings to her welcome greeting, the smell of toast, and the coffee percolating. She loved me unconditionally, for which I cannot thank her enough.

  • Amanda C

    I love my 5 year old daughter. That is what is most special about mother’s day to me ~being Lillian’s mom is a gift I am blessed to experience every day. I am very thankful for her and her daddy!

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      I loved my mom’s scones, baked in the over in her cast iron frying pan. She didn’t have a recipe for them and years ago she gave me the frying pan. My daughter loved the story of the scones and they were one of the first things she learned to bake. i thought I was going to see Alice this week and was going to give her a present from her mum.

  • Honey

    I miss my momma everyday. There is nobody who calls me at 5:30am on my birthday anymore and as irritating and ridiculous I thought that was….oooohhhh for one more call….I hope and pray that my kids have the same epiphany someday….there is no other relationship, no other way to experience such a profound and ridiculous love as becoming a parent.

  • Stephanie

    I live 2,000 miles away from my mom. When I am missing here so badly, I whip up some comfort food! Preparing some of the yummy recipes my mom shared with me over the years makes the distance not seem so far!

    • Stephanie

      *miss HER so badly (sorry for the misspelling!)

  • Gina

    I know that, more than anyone else in this world, my mom would do anything for me. She loves me and I have never doubted that for a second. That sort of love is indescribably beautiful and I know I will love my children just as she has loved me.

  • J. Stratton

    My mom is a cancer survivor and has taught me that life is precious and that love and kindness are the only things we really leave behind.

  • Charlotte

    My mom & I have not always had the best relationship, but I know she did the best that she could. She almost died when her house burned down last year. You don’t realize how much you talk to your mom until you can’t. She is a wonderful grandmother to my nephew & nieces who all love her so much.

  • http://athomeinabq.blogspot.com/ Angela

    What a great tribute. I felt the same way when my daughter was born! I am so much more willing to forgive my mom’s flaws than I was as an adolescent/young adult.

  • Pamela McCarthy

    When I was a teenager, my mom & I had a rocky relationship. Thankfully, I grew out of that! I think my mom’s greatest gift for me was my faith. When I was young I rebelled against it. But it has carried me through the rollercoaster of life’s changes. My mom is in the early stages of Alzheimers and its so hard to see her slowly disappear. I love her very much & wish she didnt have to go through this.

  • Karen K

    I cried a bit while reading this article – this will be my first Mother’s Day since having my son almost a year ago, and this year I pretty much wrote my own version of this article into the card for my mom. I totally *get* it now :)

  • http://www.michelescafe.blogspot.com Michele

    ALice you are a treasure, I love coming here because you’re so candid and fun. Well my mom has become my dear friend over the past 21 yrs. that I’ve been a mom. This wasn’t always so, because for the longest time I was angry over my parents divorce. Now that I’m married with 8 kids of my own, it all makes sense now. I’ve been a momma, my boys call me monster momma because I love the book with that title and I’m sorta like that mama bear too. Being a mom has taught me so much but mainly to let go. I’ve always loved deeply but my children gave that love back to me unconditional. Yea they get mad when they don’t understand some things but they always come back with a look of some way and we begin again fresh. I love that.

  • Tamara

    My Gramma taught me unconditional love; how to bake bread (30 loaves at a time for my large family!); that it only takes 6 interruptions of 10 minutes to take up an hour (which happens frequently with a young child!); and to think “how important is it?” before setting an ultimatum. She was 104 when she died, and I miss her daily!

  • Lisa

    My mom raised six children, after the last one was out of the house her mother became increasingly ill and so she took her in and cared for her for years until she passed away. This past Sunday when my father collapsed with a heart attack and stroke, she gave him CPR until the paramedics came, saving his life. Through it all her only care has been for those around her. She’s an amazing woman who I can only hope to emulate in the raising of my two sons.

  • Julie T

    My mother was with me after the birth of my first daughter. As she held her and gazed upon her, she had tears streaming down her cheeks. She looked up at me and handed my precious bundle back to me saying, “Now, you can understand how much I really love you…” And I do. A mother’s love for her child is indescribable…it must be experienced to be understood.
    Thank you for this lovely article that brought back this tender moment between me, my mother and baby girl.

  • http://savorysweetlife.com alice

    Your stories… each and every one of them touches me so deeply. Thank you all for sharing.

    What Julie said pretty much sums it up for me… “A mother’s love for her child is indescribable… it must be experienced to be understood.”

  • Susan

    Mom taught me the importance of family and where (or more accurately WHO we come from). She alwyas told family stories so I could know family that I might never otherwise know.

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  • I. Auset Reid

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  • Anne

    What a wonderful story and so true. I oftened ask my mom how she raised 5 kids and kept her sanity !
    Until I had my own child, did I fully understand the sacrifices my mom made for me !
    Miss you Mom.. Happy Mother’s day all :o)

  • Kate Cross

    The wisest words my mom ever said, “Nothing lasts forever.” It’s gotten me through a lot of tough times.

  • Caroline

    On my first Mother’s Day, when my daughter was two months old, I wrote my mother a letter to tell her I now understood just how much she loved me. Becoming a mother, I was overwhelmed by the love I felt for my daughter, and realizing that was how my mother had loved me for 29 years literally brought tears to my eyes.

  • http://www.sylvieastrid.com Sylvie Astrid

    My two children Amelie (8) and Oliver (9) have taught me unconditional love, resilience, how to live in the present. They have given me the tremendous gift of a more selfless life filled with joy and laughter. I am filled with awe and gratitude.

  • Peter Holsapple

    Lovely article. I am fortunate enough to still have my mom around; we’re going to visit her this morning.

  • Anna Fehrnebacher

    Loved your article. I’m lucky to still have my mom with me. One of my most favorite memories is when she taught me how to jitter bug. It was just the two of us, in our sock feet, in front of the mirror, giggling and laughing and finding joy in the moment evne though I was a teen.

  • Heather

    It was during my pregnancy that I realized how much I underappreciated my mother until then. I was sick the whole time and I depended on her for so many things! Then, when my amazing beautiful daughter, Jordyn Elizabeth, was born I was overcome with loving emotions I didn’t know existed! Each day I understand more and more what an amazing mother I have (especially now that we’re past the terrible two’s and into the “I don’t need help pouring a cup of milk!” three’s!)!

  • Angela Harrison

    I never understood how my mom and I could be so different. We like completely opposite things and have since I was little. Now that I am a mother, I see the same thing with my little girl. She is a girly girl and I’m having to look to my mom and mother-in-law to help me understand. I don’t know what I would do without either to help me or love me and my little girl.

  • Kenza

    Most valuable lesson I learned from my mom is: Don’t expect anything from anyone other than yourself and you’ll never be disapointed.

  • Lisa

    My mother died before my daughter was born and I have realized that no one will ever love me like my mother. It helps me to put quality time with my daughter first. On the days when I feel too busy, it may mean taking a little extra time to make dinner so she can help out. Other days, it may mean blocking out time to make a craft or go on an outing together.

  • Cathy

    My father died when I was six so my mother raised us three kids by herself for many years. As a kid, I couldn’t understand why I was not allowed to hang out late with friends who were. I envied friends with “cool” moms who dressed up to go out and were home by themselves. As an adult I see the result of absent moms and am so grateful for my mom sacrificing her “fun” and coolness that my siblings and I would be safe and cared for. I hope that my husband and I can love my own daughter so much.

  • Meera

    Being a mom means to me is having lots of patience and love.

  • Lisa

    One of my favorite memories is reading with my mother when I was a little girl. Her favorite book was Horton Hatches the Egg. Now it is my daughter’s favorite book.

  • Sara

    A lesson I have learned as a mother- drop everything and play with the kids when you can, live in the moment. When you do this, the kids are so happy to have your attention and it makes you happy too.

  • Ilana Joffe

    I learned not to wish away my baby’s childhood. It’s tempting to wish the baby could walk so they don’t have to be carried everywhere and to wish they could talk so they could tell you what’s wrong. But I learned to savor each stage as they seem to grow up in the blink of an eye.

  • Jude

    My favorite memories of my mother are the many times we read books together. I would read to her while she did dishes or whatnot. We shared many good books together that way!

  • Tricia

    I’ve learned that nothIng makes me happier than snuggling with my baby guy.

  • MB

    My Mom continues to amaze me with her unconditional love. When my first son was born, I was overwhelmed with emotion and realized how powerful the maternal bond really was. My appreciation for my own mother continues to grow, especially now, as I approach the teenage years with my children. I realize how hard it is to really raise children… she has always been there to help me and for that I am eternally grateful!

  • Danielle

    Mom always took us wherever she went. One of our favorite places to go was the beach. I’ll never forget all the prep she did to get us there. She was always prepared for anything, especially snacks. I’ve learned that lesson well and always make sure my kids have something to eat. My favorite? Hot chocolate and french bread!

  • MJ

    Love this post – thanks for sharing. Your mom sounds like an incredible woman!

  • http://iambaker.net Amanda

    SO beautiful Alice… you had me laughing and crying. Literally! I love your writing and heart… :)