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Let's Chat About...Mother's Day

This topic touches close to my heart, not only as a Mother, but losing a Mother. Let's just stop and take a moment here to appreciate our Mom's!

Definition of Mother: The female parent of a child. A woman may be considered a Mother by virtue of giving birth, or by raising and nurturing a child who may not be her biological offspring.

Definition of Mother's Day: A celebration honoring the Mother of the family.

This holiday was initiated by a woman named Anna Jarvis. She organized the first Mother's Day celebration in 1907 as a service of worship. This event took place at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which still serves as the International Mother's Day Shrine.

In 1908, the US Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother's Day an official holiday.

Through the continued efforts of Anna Jarvis, in 1911 all the US States observed the holiday.

In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day to be held on the 2nd Sunday in May to honor all Mothers.

What does Mother's Day mean to you? As women we go through many phases of life. First, we are a daughter, then a Mother, then a Grandmother and if we are lucky, a Great Grandmother. Some even make it to be a Great Great Grandmother. The two women pictured above are my Mother and Grandmother. Both amazing women gone too soon, and I probably didn't appreciate them as much as I should have while they were still with me. I have learned to take nothing for granted in life, as we never know when our last day will be.

As far as being a mother, I am blessed to say that I have 6 biological and 3 stepchildren! I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a Mom and have worked very hard at it. Not to say that I haven't made PLENTY of mistakes along the way, but I have tried my best to raise my kids to be respectable human beings. I am very proud of each and every 9 of them!

Now, being a Grandma is a whole different ball game! I must say it's a lot more fun and a lot less stressful. We are at 7 Grandchildren and counting with 2 more on the way. An interesting part about being a Grandmother is what you are referred to as. There are many terms such as Nana, Mimi, Gigi, Granny and the list goes on... My Grandkids mostly refer to me as Grandma Amy but the ones in Texas like to call me Grammy Amy. I love it all!!

How will you honor your Mother this Mother's Day? There are many common traditions that include:

  • Going to Church Together

  • Sending a Card or Flowers

  • Breakfast in Bed

  • Taking Mom out to Dinner

  • Spending Time with Her

  • Visit the Cemetary

Fun Facts About Mother's Day:

  1. Mother's Day is the 3rd most popular holiday around the world after Christmas and Easter.

  2. The word "Mother" in languages around the world all start with the letter "M".

  3. Mother's Day became an official holiday in 1914 under President Woodrow Wilson.

  4. In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May every year.

  5. More than 100 countries around the world celebrate Mother's Day.

  6. There are 2.2 billion Mothers around the world.

  7. In the UK, Mother's Day has the largest volume of phone calls annually.

"Somebody's Hero" by Jamie O'Neal is one of my favorite songs and I always like to listen to it around Mother's Day. It just gives me a warm, happy feeling inside.

So, whatever you do this Sunday, please remember to keep your Mother in your heart, whether she is on this earth or up above.

Please share your thoughts and / or experiences in the comments below.

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