I've been up to my eyeballs today in the kitchen making some treats for some special people, so I haven't been able to get around to posting my Mother's Day Mania day 2 yet. I will do that shortly, but first I've got a Guest Blogger post...My Mom! Please read, and enjoy! I'll blog again later tonight with Mother's Day Mania day 2 (birth stories), so please come back later! :)
My Mom's post:
Mothering without “smothering”
Hi, my name is Rhea and I’m Renee’s mom. I got married at age 18 and by the time I was 23 I had three children; Rick, Robb and Renee. Marrying young has its advantages…I had the energy then to raise the kids and have fun with them too.
All mothers know that each child is different. Mine were all very different personalities.
Rick was the firstborn and did everything early, from cutting his 1st tooth at 2 months, to walking at 9 months and talking a LOT by age 1. He was a fun baby and very outgoing.
Then came Robb. This was the baby that my mom said was payback…...he was real cute and sweet but oh so stubborn just like me….only I call it being persistent!. Must be something about being a middle child. When Robb didn’t want to do something he would dig his heels in, cross his arms over his chest and stick that little chin out. I loved and love him anyway.
When Renee came along I was really happy to have a girl to love. She was 3 weeks late in arriving, but so worth it. She was a very loved little girl and very shy. She was a mommy’s girl and I think still is. We used to call her Binky (substitute for stinky when she would have dirty diapers) and that name stuck for many years. She and Robb were buddies and would play together a lot. When she got a little older she loved to roller skate and was pretty good at it. She and two of her friends loved to hang out at the roller rink.
The teens brought some angst and worry but all in all I enjoyed my kids during their teen years. Well, maybe except the time when Rick took my company car for a ride and ended up sailing into a field having fun with his friends. Or when Robb got into a fight with some kids who were picking on him. Or when Renee dated a loser and we worried about her. Thankfully we got through those times ok.
One of the things I have learned over the years is to let my kids make their own way and their own mistakes. I try even now that they’re grownups with kids of their own to stay out of their affairs unless asked and support them by listening and loving them even when I don’t agree with them.
I am a strong Christian and believe my prayers have a big impact on my children and grandchildren because I belong to a big God who hears and answers prayer. There are some prayers that haven't come to fruition yet, but I have faith they will.
This is a poem for you Renee....
I covered you with blankets against the cool night air....
But now that you are tall...and out of reach,
I fold my hands and cover you with prayer.