Motherhood Monday: My Mom

by jessicaturner on March 26, 2012

This weekend, my parents visited.

Matthew captured this photo.

I love it.

Three generations of strong women.

My mom.

Me.

Adeline.

It has been so nice to have my mom here. She helped me organize closets and do that big kids’ clothing transition from fall/winter to spring/summer (it took hours!).

She folded lots of socks (because I HATE folding socks and avoid it until it is absolutely necessary).

She made monster puppets and drew chalk rainbows with Elias.

She fed Adeline and made her giggle.

She helped make dinner and then clean up all the dirty dishes.

She read countless stories to Elias, then listened to mine and gave her two cents.

I couldn’t help but think about how this has been the story of generations. Women who have done it before, coming along women who are doing it now.

Motherhood is such a gift, isn’t it?



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Anne Blackburn March 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

Beautiful pics – just love your family! It looks like everyone had a great time; I bet the time went by too quickly. Safe travels to your mom and dad!!

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Andrea L March 26, 2012 at 11:11 am

Reading your line: “Women who have done it before, coming along women who are doing it now.” made me cry. I just talked to my mom on the phone for an hour and a half. Wish she lived closer but I treasure the time we have together as I can also see you do :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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diana trautwein March 26, 2012 at 11:32 am

Oh, Jessica – this is my favorite, favorite thing you’ve done here (among lots of good stuff). This is just plain beautiful and the pictures are glorious. Thank you! (I’ve been doing a daily Lenten devotional and today’s text was the Mark version of Jesus and the children – and it just really hit me hard how very, VERY important it is to invest in the lives of children. And this right here? THIS is exactly why. Seeing Jesus in the little ones leads to long-term health in relationships, in contributions to home/church/ community/society/the world. http://drgtjustwondering.blogspot.com/2012/03/lenten-journey-climbing-to-calvary-day_26.html)

Thanks so much.

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Miranda March 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

What a beautiful post. I would love to have my mom come along side me like this. What a wonderful blessing your mom is to your family.

I may not have this but it is my prayer that someday I will be the mother coming along side my daughter. I look forward to it.

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Jill Wolters March 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Hello. How blessed you are to have your Mom come visit. I wish mine wanted to visit us more–it’s so much better than us going to her house! Anyway, thanks for sharing.

Also, in response to your socks dilemma, I read somewhere about this solution: buy your child(ren) all white socks–same brand every time. Buy some sweater wash bags (or lingerie bags)–at least 2 per child. At the end of the day, have your child put their socks in the “sock bag”. This can be hanging on your hamper or somewhere in their room. When wash day comes, zip up the bag & throw it in the washer & then dryer. When dry, take it to your child’s drawer & put inside it any leftover clean socks that are there. Take the “sock bag” (this is the second one) from the drawer & hang it up ready for dirty socks. In short, one “sock bag” for clean socks & one “sock bag” for dirty socks. Because all the socks match, you don’t have to match & fold & the drawer stays neat because they’re all in the bag.

Just an idea. We use the “sock bags” at our house, but still fold them because sometimes Grandma buys socks & since she buys the sales, they don’t all match. My kids do the matching/folding of their own socks. I begin teaching them at age 3 or so.

Hope this helps!

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Nana March 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

The pleasure was all mine…How I long to be closer, to be a part of your day-to-day lives….its not in the cards I guess…so I live thru daily posts, and pics, and wallow in the few days we have together. Until it can happen again….as my profile says…I am home, but my heart is in Tennessee

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Kayse March 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

You are so very blessed to have your mom around. Mine passed away 5 years ago, and I am so sad she isn’t here as I’m raising my little girl. I am so very very grateful that the Lord gave me a daughter, so that I can be the kind of Mom that mine was. I loved this post – thanks for sharing.

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