Saturday, May 9, 2009

A couple weekends ago I was able to go up to Idaho and spend some time with my aunts Patti, and Sue, my grandma, and my sister-in-law Steff. My aunt Patti and I had decided that after recent events some of the women in our lives deserved some much needed R&R in the form of a day at the spa! And it was wonderful!

During my massage, facial, mani, and pedi (jealous yet?), I kept thinking about the women in my life, and how lucky I am to have the strong role models that I have! I am surrounded by strong, beautiful mothers and wives! I have noticed the older I get the more I notice women's mothering techniques. Maybe it's because I worry I will never gain the patience that is needed, or I worry that I will lose a sense of who am, or that I will just not be a good mother, but I have become so increasingly in awe of my own mom, aunts, grandmothers, sister-in-laws, and cousins for their ability to not be defined by being mothers but empowered by it. Watching these women proves to me that you can have it all, and still be a great mother!

My mom has accomplished great things in her life. She worked to help her young husband through school, raised 5 children, and has currently sent 3 sons on missions, moved far away from her family where we were the only members of our church in the entire town that we lived in and had to drive an hour to church. She has been young women's president, relief society president, a supportive bishops wife, and is currently an early morning seminary teacher! She has never missed a soccer game, a volleyball game, a track meet, or an awards ceremony in over 25 years. She has slept on the floor of my hospital room, and saved my life when I choked on my own vomit. She has been a general contractor, landscape designer, tile layer, wall painter, gardener, and master chef. She has been in charge of proms, levys, bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, and 50th wedding anniversaries. She is now the proud nana to 4 grand daughters and on top of everything has about 5% body fat and looks HOT! More importantly she has 5 children who love and respect her, and a husband who adores her.

She ALWAYS has some kind of project going on and there is nothing she can not do. She is an incredible artist, teacher, decorator, soccer coach, trainer, baker, piano player, singer, speaker, and organizer. She is my best friend, and my biggest fan! Everything I do well is because I had a great teacher, and great support from that great teacher!

Happy Mothers Day! I had so much fun with you this week!


  1. ...and she knows the correct way to do "peaches, pears, plums and pomegranetes!" i'll just say ditto!

  2. For all the above mentioned reasons of why the Nana is a super human, Nic has been warned that he can never compare me to his mom...that's just unfair.

  3. that was supposed to be posted under 'STEFF', not Nic (obviously).

  4. Wow...that was really sweet. You have such a way with words. I wish I was a writer like that. And what a great picture. I love it!