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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mom-You Taught By Example, I learned By Love


Being a mom, and then a homeschool mom on top of that, has truly been the greatest learning experience in my life.  It has stretched me and shown me how much I need to grow - the areas in my heart that need to be refined, mended and reshaped.   It has been the hardest and most rewarding thing I've ever done.  I am blessed to have three short people, soon to be tall, that call me momma.  =0)

Being a mom has taught me so much about my own mom and given me a much deeper understanding and appreciation for her role in my life.   Yes, there were times when I was younger that I was critical of her.....now that I am a mom, I just think, oh my goodness, she had to be a saint!!!  LOL!  There were seven of us kiddos living on a 25 acre ranch.  My dad worked out of town so my mom was in charge of the "funny farm".  My mom did everything from stitch up kids to deliver cows and sheep!  She taught us how to break horses, train dogs, tool leather, garden, can, milk cows (and goats).......the list goes on. 

One of the things I love most about both my parents was their encouragement to us to be whatever we wanted to be.  The girls in the family were told they had the ability to do whatever the boys did - and we did do it!!!  My mom went back to college when I, the youngest, was 5, and became a nurse.  Can you imagine 7 kids, a farm, a husband away from home and being in college?  NOPE, not me!!!  She has always been an example to me to step out and try something new.  She taught herself how to tool leather, paint, sew - I mean really sew - she has a taylor's license..... the list goes on.  So as I approach new challenges in my life, I turn to the example of my mom.  A woman who took the seeds and weeds in her life and made them into a beautiful garden.  I love you mom!


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21 comments:

  1. I LOVE these! love-love-love

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  2. Oh, that is beautiful. all of them are. If my mom was alive, she would absolutely love these.

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  3. So sweet - I'll have to print out this photo and see if my husband and boys take the hint. LOL!

    Jeanine

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  4. Kristi- I think these are adorable. And I love reading your inspiring and tender words as much as I love checking in to see your awesome work!

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  5. Such a great tribute to mom. I love these new blocks and the cute ones on your etsy for little boys. I love you sis.

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  6. These are wonderful for Mother's day!

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  7. Hi Kristi, I just awarded you the Sunshine Award over at minutestospare.blogspot.com

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  8. Those are all so beautiful...I know it isn't until I was a Mom that I really learned to appreciate my Mom.

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  9. That looks really nice! What a great gift!

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  10. I LOVE these! What a great gift! Visiting from The Creative Crate :) Have a fabulous Thursday!

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  11. Kristi...these are beautiful! Like everyone else has said... they would be great Mother's Day gifts! Now off to plant a seed in your link up party!

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  12. Beautiful!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

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  13. These are simply beautiful! I love the message behind each one and your story too! So precious!

    Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  14. Awww...a great gift for mom. Very pretty! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

    Ginger
    SSB

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  15. LOVE this! Gives me a great idea for Mom's Day!!!

    Blessings,
    Cara

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  16. WHat beautiful sayings...if I get my mom one, I risk ruining her makeup...and If I got one as a gift...There would be serious mascara! jUst wonderful!

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  17. Very sweet! I love the quote! Great Mother's day gift.

    ~Liz

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  18. Those are such wonderful sentiments--what a great gift!

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  19. Hi,
    I followed you over from the Life As Lori link party. You have a teriffic blog. I am now a follower of yours. I would really love it if you came over and visited me too. Be sure to enter the drawings for the necklaces, if you do. Rory http://toolsareforwomentoo.blogspot.com/

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  20. Kristi...I absolutely LoVe these!! PERFECT Mothers Day gift!! Thanks so much for linking up to my I {heart} mom link!! :)

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  21. Very cute! You should drop by and add a link. I love the lavender, my mom would love that!

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