Since I’ve been taking weekends off from blogging, I didn’t post for Mother’s Day. I gave away all the cards I made, but this one uses the sentiment I added to Mom’s card.
We made this card, using the High Tide stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog (and it’s carrying over to the 2017-18 Annual Catalog!) for our classes this month. All of the stamps are from the High Tide set. The Tip Top Taupe cardstock will be retiring at the end of this month, and the striped grosgrain ribbon isn’t available yet. It will be new in the 2017-18 Annual Catalog. That’s the ribbon design for the “old” 2016-18 In Colors (I ran out of the Dapper Denim ruched, so I let everyone have a sneak peek!). I love the sentiment, because it sounds so much like my mom.
When my brothers and I were growing up, Mom made every event an adventure. When we went with my grandmother to put flowers on graves in the cemetery, it was an opportunity to take a walk in a quiet, tree-lined park to fill up the water bucket. After, we almost always had a picnic lunch in the park. Mom packed sandwiches and a thermos of lemonade or tea, and my grandmother almost always brought a jar of homemade 21-day sweet pickles. Chores weren’t “chores.” They were a precursor to an adventure or a treat when we finished. Even simple trips were turned into a history or geography lesson. Mom would point out different landmarks and tell us stories about who had lived there. She made our local history real, and we felt like we knew those people who had lived years ago.
I didn’t realize how much Mom made ordinary events adventures until I had kids. We were staying in a motel while Mike worked on one of our rentals, and the power kept going off due to thunderstorms. I grew frustrated, because how can you care for two small boys with no electricity? No way to cook, no TV, no pool in thunderstorms…Mom kicked into adventure mode. We hopped in the car and headed to the nearest grocery store. She bought a roll of paper towels, some pre-cooked fun food (corn dogs and chips, I think), some raw veggies and snack cakes, and some drinks. I think she even bought some inexpensive “treasures” that the boys would love. Then we headed back to the motel for an indoor picnic. She spent the afternoon reading to the boys and playing indoor games including a “treasure hunt.”
One day, I want to grow up to be Mom. I so admire her imagination and creativity as well as her loving and generous spirit. She will be forever young. I love you, Mom!
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