Monday, May 7, 2012

A Special Mother's Day Giveaway...

 A lined Parisian bag of sea grass doubles as a planter to present a hanging plant.

Mother's Day is fast approaching and I have learned throughout the years that this celebration ranks at the very top of the list of important dates.  As a son and husband, I take the day that celebrates the women in my life very seriously; and in honor of that, I wish to pay homage to MOM though a festive and fun giveaway.  

 We will give away 5 copies of Flea Market Finds with Matthew Mead and FOUR $150.00 Visa gift cards.  Contest starts Monday, May 7th and ends Sunday, May 13th at midnight.

To enter, all you have to do is share the thing you love most about or your favorite memory of your mother or what you love about being a mother. And tune in each day to see a new idea that you can steal to celebrate your own mother. For additional entries, Tweet, post on Facebook, or share on your blog about our special giveaway.

(FOR COMPLETE CONTEST INFORMATION PLEASE  CLICK HERE TO SEE A PDF OF THE 

GIVEAWAY RULES  UNDER FLEA MARKET FINDS CONTEST RULES.)

**Contest is open to U.S. residents only.**
No purchase is necessary to participate in this contest.

(This Contest is now closed)
 

Roses are a great way to celebrate Mom: gift wrap, fresh blooms, and pretty cupcakes are all memorable ways to show appreciation to the person that loved and raised you.

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 Flea Market Finds with Matthew Mead is available for order via Amazon.com and Amazon.ca .

 

83 comments:

  1. I feel so blessed to be a mother. I never thought I would be one. My son reminds me every day to slow down and not lose my sense of wonder. He reminds me to think carefully about the things I say and remember to lead by example. I have been called many names in my life but my favorite one is "Mommy."

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  2. I posted about the giveaway on Facebook!

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  3. My favorite thing about being a mother is getting to snuggle my baby girl and seeing her sweet smile.

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  4. I would have loved to have been a mother but right now it is not in the cards for me.
    My own mother recently just had emergency aortic aneurysm. It was something that we were unaware that she had.
    My mother has 7 kids of which I am the oldest. My father has always said that she was meant to be a mother as she will do anything for her kids or her grandkids.
    One of the things I did while she was in the hospital for 5 weeks is put up pictures of her grandkids and kids and husband so she would know what she was fighting for.
    She was there for me each time I have had a medical issue (and there have been a few) and I wanted to be there for her.

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  5. I love being a mom. I never thought that I would be and now I have 4 knuckleheads. It probably sounds silly, but I miss my kids when they go to bed at night. No matter how much they might have drove me crazy my favorite thing is when I see them when they wake up. They always come find me and tell me good morning mommy and give me hugs and kisses. My oldest is 11 and my youngest is 4. My days are numbered. I'm about to cry right now thinking about the day that won't happen anymore. I'm going to go hug my baby now.

    sapphiregyrl@hotmail.com

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  6. Shared on FB

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  7. I have enjoyed immensely seeing the world new through young eyes and watching the changes in my children. We have had many fun and teachable moments that I cherish.

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  8. I have such a wonderful mom- she's always there for my sister and me. the best part is, we all love to be together. we go to estate sales together, and vend at flea markets, junk bonanza, and other shows together. it's wonderful to have such a great support system that shares the same interests as i do. thanks for everything mom (including telling me about this giveaway!) :-D
    Annie

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  9. Some of my favorite memories with my mom are when we snuck out behind the boys (my dad & brother) and went thrifting and snacking at new places in town. We always had so much fun finding things together and going on these little adventures.

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  10. My favorite memories of her was the way she would smile. She was very sick and died 10 years ago when I was 12. She was on dialysis and I spent every other day with her there. When we got home, all she did was smile and it brought so much peace to a very sad situation.

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  11. It is hard to state just one memory of my mother. She passed six years ago--and I miss her so much. My mom was so patient with people and life, she was gentle and kind, she never spoke ill of anyone, ever--she always found the good in people. And she could cook and bake! I think best memories are being in the kitchen while she cooked and we would talk and it smelled so wonderful. It was Home--even when I married and had my own children being in our family home with my mom was always so comforting. I hope our children will have some good memories of me growing up--sadly though they will not be memories of the kitchen--I did not inherit my mom's cooking skills.....

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  12. My favorite part of being a mother is learning right along beside my babies and always trying to see the world through their eyes. I love how amazed an inspired they are to face the world!

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  13. My favorite part about being a mom is watching my kids grow and learning with them along the way.

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  14. my most recent favorite part of being a mom is watching my daughter become a mom! priceless :)
    beth
    goodvariety@yahoo.com

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  15. My favorite part about being a mother is getting hugs from my kids.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  16. tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/#!/mami2jcn/status/199659494790270976

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  17. My favorite part of being a mother is to see my own children become great parents.

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  18. twitted:

    https://twitter.com/#!/roso1946/status/199659866929901568

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  19. i love being a new mom, i have a 5 month old and i love everytime she laughs:) Being a mom is the best feeling:)

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  20. tweet

    https://twitter.com/#!/MeandBells/status/199665239959146496

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  21. I love bring a mom because my kids shownme unconditional love. There is nothing better!

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  22. I love my mom because she is so strong in her faith. She's 83 and has had three hip replacements, two back operations and her jaw rebuilt in the last 17 years and she is still trying her best to do as much as she can. She's my hero and my inspiration.

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  23. My favorite thing about being a mom is when I go pick them up from daycare and they are so excited to see me and run and give me hugs and kisses! What a great feeling!

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  24. I tweeted about the giveaway

    https://twitter.com/#!/JenniferCNP/status/199679218458693633

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  25. My favorite thing about being a mom is living it everyday my daughter is 23 and we are very close. I am lucky to have her I was never able to have any other children.

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  26. My sweet mom is in heaven, and I think she was as close to perfection as I can imagine. Kind, smart, supportive. Thanks mom.

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  27. My favorite thing about being a mother is hugs and kisses of my child

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  28. https://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/199700926011932672

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  29. My mother was the best cook in the world. She even edited a cookbook (this was way back in the 1960s when people read recipes in books and cut them out of magazines). She not only taught me how to cook but gave me confidence by saying that I was 'a natural', even though that may at the time have been ~ strictly speaking ~ not exactly true; I became one!

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  30. My favorite thing about being a mother is to have your children's love, while you are still alive.

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  31. One of my favorite memories of my mother is when she would make a day a special day like inside picnics, Honorable japanse lunch day, warm chocolate chip cookies after school.The little things.Warm Blessings!~Amy

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  32. Choosing just one favorite memory is tough because we spend so much time together and have made and continue to make memories. Every weekend is filled with laughing, eating, thrifting. My Mom is my best friend.

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  33. I have the best mom in the world!! I especially loved it when she would get me out of bed in the morning and rock me on her lap until I was somewhat awake! I'm not a morning person. She also made really good food for us! I still love going to moms to eat! She is a blessing!

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  34. I shared on Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/mary.happymommy/posts/305934446147802

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  35. As a young adult in my Mid 20'sI won a trip for 2 to Hawaii and I took my mom who was in her 50's we had the best time, challanged each other to do things we were fearful of, like snorkling and para sailing, skuba diving. I was amazing to see my mom push past her comfort level and really try participate in things we would not have the opportunity to do. We made great memories, I could not have imagined taking anyone else on this trip with me. We laughted, cried, joked and pushed out friendship to a whole new level. The friendship and unconditional love of a mother is like None other in this world. I hope I offer My daughter this same Love.

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  36. I love that my mom has been so supportive throughout the years no matter what!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  37. My mom opened her heart to everyone around her. She welcomed anyone into our home without making assumptions or passing judgement. She had magical healing powers that manifested in the forms of being a good listener, giving the best hugs, and making a delicious meal from scratch. She devoted her life to teaching disabled children. She respected nature. She was endlessly creative. She was taken from us too soon. Now I am currently pregnant with my first child and hoping to call upon all those things she taught me. I am already experiencing a quiet awe at the strength and courage it takes to become a mother.

    Happy Mother's Day and thank you for hosting! :) fawnfable(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I love being a mom because I have been given the opportunity to encourage two amazing young ladies. What a blessing!

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  39. Favorite memory of my Mom is making Christmas Cookies! I had my own mini set
    of cookie cutters....Made me feel so special.

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  40. My favorite memory of my mom is when she told us she would come and live with my family. We had encouraged her for many years not to even think about a nursing home when she needed to give up her independence...we had room for her. I think we said it enough that she began to believe us. Two years ago she sold her home three hours away and moved in with us after we built on an addition with her in mind. She has her own space and is still with us so we can watch after her. Having three of my four adult children still living with us also encourages her to keep as active as possible. There's always something going on around here! The kids will have fun memories of their Granny being with them on a daily basis. I love it!

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  41. My favorite thing about being a mom is seeing my kids discover things for the first time.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  42. My mom was the kindest most wonderful woman. She instilled her honesty and beauty in me and gave me the tools to be a great mom to my own children. I miss her everyday and I carry her inside of me.

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  43. I love that my mom seeks God in prayer faithfully for her children, husband, and friends!

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  44. I enjoy my Mom's making every occasion a "special" occasion. She never hesitates to use the good dishes, plan a beautiful tablescape and select a menu with every attention to detail.

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  45. what do I love most about being a mother? toddler giggles and cuddles! thanks for the chance!

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  46. my favorite part of being a mother is hearing my kids laugh
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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  47. i tweeted it: https://twitter.com/#!/thepryfamily2/status/200334787033042944
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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  48. i shared on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anna.pry.31/posts/311750532234400
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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  49. My favorite memory of my mother is that she always put her family first.
    She was very loved and we all miss her.

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  50. Ilove being a mom and even tho my children are grown, you never stop being a mom, grandmother and this fall a greatgrandmother. I am so excited about this new little one to our family.

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  51. My favorite part of being a mother is watching my children learn something new! (erinreillyclark@gmail.com)

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  52. Growing up, I always dreamed of moving to a big city and having a glamorous career. I thought that maybe I would have children but I never thought about it in any great detail. Then, my first son Anthony was born and my world was changed forever. I knew in that instant, holding his tiny hand that NOTHING I would ever do is more important or glamorous than being his mom. 8 years later, I am happy to say that I am a stay at home mom to 2 beautiful boys and I wouldn't have it any other way. I am growing so much spiritually and emotionally as I rise to meet the challenges of motherhood. Some days are long (my husband sometimes works 12 hour days to support us) but I never forget how blessed I am. I never knew how much love the human heart and soul was capable of. Just when I think I couldn't possibly feel more blessed or love my family more, they prove me wrong.

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  53. A favorite memory of my own mother involves a day that she was home from work and I was out of school--I was playing in the barn and should NOT have been up on the top of that pile of hay, and she called me inside for lunch...peanut butter and jelly, just the way I liked it. I don't have many "day-off" normal-day memories of my hardworking Mom. Even now, she's always on the job, doing what she has to do! Such commitment.

    My favorite part of BEING a mom is getting to see my kids LEARN--especially when one of them takes after one of my many interests and just runs away with it...it's such a blessing to see them enjoying God's world.

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  54. My mom taught me how to sew. Not that I am a great seamstress, but the time she took to show me how to do this shows she has patience! xoxo, Melaine

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  55. My favorite part of being a mom is hearing my child's first words.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  56. Stopping in for a daily entry.Warm Blessings!~Amy

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  57. I love watching my adult children parent their children. They are wonderful loving and caring parents and that makes me so proud.

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  58. I love being a mom of two teenage boys! Yep! I said it. I LOVE {and even like} MY TEENAGE BOYS! So be encouraged those who have little ones. I always thought the teenage years would be filled with angst, however, not necessarily true. They are fun to talk with..we talk about everything...and it's so exciting to see their dreams become realities. I love teaching them how to become good husbands, and fathers. It's been a blast! :)

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  59. One of my favorite things about being a mother is listening to the funny thing my tween says. She makes me laugh regularly!

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  60. Patricia Caruso BurgessMay 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    My favorite moments about motherhood include being a daughter as well as being a mother. As a child, I was taught right from wrong, to be thoughtful of other's feelings, to be respectful, and how to be a lady, as well as many other life lessions. As a mother, I have taught the very same lessons to my own daughter and now I can see where my daughter is also instilling those very qualities in her own children. I love the satisfaction I get as I see how things come full circle, beginning with my own mother and now filtering down to my grandchildren. It is the best "thank you" and Mother's Day gift I can receive. My Mother is an amazing woman, now 86 years old. I still have a wonderful loving relationship with her and speak with her several times a day. She is amazing..she is still working part time, and is quite computer savy, shopping online, and keeping up with old dear friends through Facebook. My mother and my daughter are beautiful, inside and out...I am so proud of both of them and love them both so much!!

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  61. I love hoy my mother was always there when I was growing up. She was there when I got up in the morning, there when I got home from school, she was there at my soccer and tennis games. She was always there willing to help in any way she could.

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  62. I loved my mother's fashion style. She wore bright colors, costume jewelry, polished her own nails, hats and gloves to church on Sunday, high heels. Her purses were cool and big - they smelled like gum and tobacco. She even had a leopard belt - I still have it. One of the butchers from our local grocery store just told me last year that when my mother came in to shop, the whole store would buzz, "Betty's here!"
    She taught me a lot about presenting your best self. She used to lay my clothes out on the bed in the morning - little gestures like that are remembered.
    ~Pamela

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  63. Well my Mom is such a strong lady she raised all us 7 children all by herself... and you know what I love about her?
    I have the best childhood memories... I Love You Mom~

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  64. i love my mom's comforting hugs
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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  65. My mom made everyday things so special like handmade dresses for our dolls and tea parties with "real" tea! We went for long walks in the woods behind our house and she would bring sandwiches along for lunch. I hope I've given my daughter some special memories that she will recall fondly. She is graduating from high school this year so this Mother's Day tugs at my heart a little more.
    Happy Mother's Day!
    Lora D.

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  66. i enjoy watching my twin girls grow and learn. they just turned 12 and are wonderful young women....they teach me so much and help me to be a better person. i have been blessed with sweet, obedient, loving children. my job is not to ruin 'em but nurture them into adulthood.

    whew! makes me wanna cry.....

    diedre@littlesaintsimons.com

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  67. I love watching my children do something out of their comfort zone and than turning around for the conformation smile or nod from me.

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  68. How I love those true hugs my children give me when they are saying good night - the type where you can feel their hearts in the hug. Nothing like it!! I am lucky enough to have 4 children - all by adoption. I am truly, truly blessed to be a Mom :)

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  69. My children are not babies anymore...But seeing them finish college with a bright
    future ahead of them, Being happy, healthy and well rounded adults melts my
    heart! I LOVE them!

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  70. What I love most about my mom is the sheer determination that she has shown me through life. She is only 65 and she has had 4 hip replacements, 2 knee replacements, and numerous other surgeries and through it all....keeps on going. She went back to high school to get her diploma in her 40's because she wanted to graduate with a diploma and not a GED. She has shown me that anything is possible, if you set your mind to it. I went back to college after 19 years and just graduated! I walk to get my degree tomorrow night...can I get a woot-woot!! I am so excited to have graduated with a degree and I could not be happier. Thank you mom for teaching me how to be determined and to never give up! I love you ♥

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  71. My favorite thing about my mom is that she's the hardest worker I know. :)

    Panda382007@yahoo.com

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  72. My favorite memories of my Mom was her insatiable sense of adventure. She could make a great dinner out of nothing, always set a beautiful table, could sew, make jewelry,re-upholster anything, never met a stranger, didn't need a reason for a party and hugged everyone. She loved her family and friends. I am lucky that she passed that sense of adventure and love for life, home and family onto me. She also passed it along to our son, who loves to cook and garden and has many wonderful memories of having fun with his Oma.

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  73. My favorite part of being a mom is all the unconditional love.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  74. I love my babies..I just lost my mother on 2/3/12. I have so many questions, I hope I can answer for mine.nclmhl@hotmail.com

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  75. My favorite thing about being a mother is... Holding my little one close, watching him learn and grow and explore the world, hearing him laugh and talk, rocking him to sleep, just being his mom. Nothing else compares to the joy it brings to be a mother.
    Was I only suppose to pick one? :)

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  76. We were lucky to grow up with a mom who always made us feel special. She went to every school concert, teacher conference and sports game we had...doesn't seem like much but we all knew we were loved. I did the same for my two wonderful children and I hope this made a difference in their lives.

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  77. i love that i can talk to my mom about anything

    thepryfamily@gmail.com

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  78. My favorite moments with my Mother were when we traveled together! She was more fun going places than with my husband! :) She was up for anything and we always had so much fun exploring new things and places. The funny thing is that when I was a kid living at home I didn't appreciate her nearly as much as I did when I got older. I'm not saying I did't love her, but let's just say that tt's definitely true that once a woman grows up and has her own kid, she becomes closer to her own mother. Mothers are known to get smarter as the child gets older!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  79. My favorite part about being a mom is seeing my children grow and learn new things.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  80. My favorite part of being a mom is being able to see things in a new way through my child's eyes.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  81. my Mom has always been an amazing example of servant leadership and my confidante. i hope to one day be like her...and hope that i have relationships with my daughters (and son!) as I do with her.

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