Things I Love…

This is my feature where I get to share something that I just love. Since you are my friends, I like sharing things I love with others. It could be anything from a new product, food, recipe, song, image, to a person and everything in between. This will be something I am completely doing on my own, without pressure or compensation from a company, author, PR/Marketing firm, friend, business owner, etc. This will just be something that makes me happy and I want to share it with you. Enjoy some love!

Today’s love is……………………….My Mom
Last Friday, my mom turned 72!  A few years ago we started the tradition of celebrating her birthday with her sister and her sister’s daughter in Minneapolis, which is half way between us.  We have so much fun together and today we leave to spend our annual weekend with them.  On the drive north to Minneapolis, one thing I can be sure of, is that we will be stopping for my mom’s favorite treat…..ICE CREAM!  It has become a tradition and anyway, who can turn down ice cream?!?!  One of the first things we are sure to do after we check into our hotel room is get out the Scrabble board.  All 4 of us LOVE to play Scrabble and look forward to challenging eachother to several games.

My mom and I last year at the Como Zoo Conservatory Flower Show

My mom is the most giving and loving person I have ever met.  She gives so much of her time to others that she barely has a chance to do anything for herself.  As a retired rural mail carrier, she has spent most of her retirement volunteering for her church in numerous capacities, the local tourism society, the hospital board foundation, for master gardeners, and the local nursing home.  She maintains her many beautiful flower gardens as well as the gardens at the nursing home.  My mom and dad also help maintain and care for the little country church and cemetery just down the road from their house.  My mom always has food or clothing set aside to drop off at the local food pantry.  Mom has also spent many days caring for her great-grandson and her great-granddaughters when their parents needed help.  Mom and Dad also attends many of our kids’ sports and school functions, even though they live nearly 2 hours away.   This is, of course, all the things I know about.  I am sure there are many other acts of kindness my mom does on a daily basis, because that is the kind of person she has always been.  

My parents at their 50 Anniversary celebration

My parents have been married for 54 years…..55 years this August! Wow! What an example they have given us.  Their focus has always been on giving and caring for others.  I am so grateful for their loving guidance and examples and I can’t wait to share more memories with my mom this weekend.  There are sure to be lots of laughter, lots of Scrabble, lots of good food, and of course, ice cream!

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