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100 Reasons Why You Should Call Your Mom

100 Reasons Why You Should Call Your Mom… No, really – call her!

I know the drill, I’ve done it myself.  It’s been a while since you spoke to your mom (or accepted one of her calls) so you are thinking…maybe, just maybe – you should call her? YES, you should… and here are 100 reasons why!

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  1. She is your mother for better or for worse.
  2. She did the best she could at the time and she always wished it was better.
  3. She thinks about you every time she sees someone your age.
  4. She misses you dearly
  5. She likes to see and hear about your successes.
  6. She is your biggest fan.
  7. She thinks about you every time she speaks with someone on the phone that talks the way you do.
  8. Although you are human,  you can do no wrong.
  9. She is proud of your accomplishments. Even the little ones that you don’t even remember.
  10. She loves you.
  11. You took up residence in her body for almost a year without paying rent or helping buy groceries!
  12. You were the apple of her eye.
  13. She was your primary dietician during  your formative years.
  14. She put off things she wanted to do, so she could spend time with you.
  15. She bought you that article of clothing you were dying for instead of going to the dentist to have her teeth worked on.
  16. She always fed you. Even if she was hungry after supper, she made sure you were full & happy.
  17. She cleaned up your vomit & probably didn’t complain.
  18. She held you tight when you were sick and sat up with you all night. Although she knew she would catch your illness, she did it to comfort you.
  19. She always dressed you first and didn’t take much time for herself.
  20. You were her world…and probably still are.
  21. When you broke something, she took the fall for it.
  22. She stood between you and many butt-bustings. She was your shield.
  23. Your mother is the only woman in your life that will never judge you for being you.
  24. She may be spastic at times, but she handled all your crisis Like-a-Boss.
  25. She improvised when you ate her office work…or peed on it.
  26. Your Mother protected you from sharp objects.
  27. She cuddled and reassured you when you were sad.
  28. When you were lonely, she was your friend.
  29. She protected you from the boogie man & the zombie’s in the walls.
  30. When you are hurting, her heart is breaking.
  31. She celebrated all your tiny victories.
  32. She celebrated your big Victories
  33. Your Mom gave you breathe and you took hers away
  34. Your hopes were her aspirations for you
  35. She fixed your favorite foods often to make you happy.
  36. Your dreams were her goals
  37. She paved the way for your success.
  38. She worked to help you in school and then came home and worked there.
  39. Your mom encouraged others to see the best in you, even when you were at your worst.
  40. She may not have kept the house immaculate, but she made sure your clothes were always clean.
  41. She skipped naps while watching you sleep.
  42. Your Momma gave it everything she had!
  43. She tried to dazzle your friends to make you cool.
  44. She liked your music even when it gave her a headache.
  45. She baked your favorite sweets to make you happy.
  46. She told every teacher that doubted you where they could go!
  47. She stayed awake to make sure you were breathing.
  48. Your Mother stayed up late at night worrying about you.
  49. She called everyone she knew to track you down when you were late coming home.
  50. Moms have a special heart given by God.  Her heart misses you.
  51. She sees you with eyes of confidence.
  52. Her arms are always ready to hug you.
  53. She’s always waiting on your call.
  54. She watches he driveway…incase you might drive up.
  55. Even though she may disagree, she will take your side.
  56. She removed gum from your hair patiently.
  57. She cleaned the stains out of your underwear!
  58. She would suffer a million calamities for you.
  59. She has patience with you.
  60. Your Mother was purposely objective to your mate for your emotional safety.
  61. Your children are her crown in life.
  62. She loves your pets like your children if you do not have any.
  63. Her life was put on hold to raise you, and she never regretted it.
  64. She delights in your career and brags on you regularly to her friends.
  65. She prays for you all the time.
  66. When she shops, she thinks of things that you need or would like.
  67. She celebrates your birthday more so than you do!
  68. Your Momma remembers how tiny your hands were.
  69. She is always lighting a candle for your life.
  70. She knows your vulnerabilities and keeps them safely secret.
  71. Her hips are slightly off-center because she held you so much while you were young.
  72. A mom never forgets the time you only wanted her to comfort  you.
  73. She is a fixer – always striving to help you fix something.
  74. Mothers come in many forms – not all biological!
  75. Even if she wasn’t really your mom, but just a lady you looked to like-a-mom, she knows that and never forgot.
  76. God changes the mind of a Mother. This is why you think she is a little crazy.
  77. One day, she will not be there to answer the phone.
  78. A day may come when she doesn’t remember who you are.
  79. There may be a day that she can no longer speak verbally.
  80. She has carried the weight of every tiny thing she could have done better on her shoulders.
  81. She remembers every single mistake she made – and is hard on herself.
  82. You can release her from the Mother-Guilt she carries.
  83. She is a strong woman your mate should look up to.
  84. Every little wrinkle on her face she wears as a trophy from your childhood.
  85. Each gray hair on her head is a reminder for her of what she once was to you.
  86. She sees herself in your face.
  87. She realizes when she has gone too far.
  88. Your Mom knows when she should stay silent, but can’t help herself.
  89. She invested her entire life into you.
  90. She still dreams about when you where a toddler.
  91. Her mind races with thoughts about how you are.
  92. She still wants to help you.
  93. Her life was forever changed by you.
  94. Her thoughts were forever changed by you.
  95. You made her stronger than she thought she could be.
  96. She feeds off your energy and thriving life.
  97. Every busted vein in her legs is a sign of her love – walking the floor with you while you were a fussy baby.
  98. She never regretted you!
  99. You were not an accident.
  100. You make her the happiest woman alive when you call!!

 

 

Mother’s Day Gifts 2017

PhotoGrid_1493659042955You’re a mom, so what do you really want for Mother’s Day?

You know your kids (and maybe even your husband) are doing internet searches on what to get you. Will those searches return answers that really fit you?  Will they remember something you said you liked several years back? Does it even matter? Are you one of the mothers that finds delight in emotion rather than material objects?

I am one of those matronly mothers now and I don’t feel like Mother’s Day really applies to me this year.  I am still a mom, but the kids are all grown and on their own.  Sometimes I am really excited when I think about the fact that I am an “empty-nester”.  It is in these glorious years when you get your life back. You can finally cater to yourself and your spouse.  It’s the time for creating new memories and living again before your health fails or you can’t get around as well anymore.  I should be happy, right?

Mother’s Day 2017 has me thinking about how blessed I was to raise boys….a lot of them. The blessings continued with some beautiful girls the Lord allowed me to have for a bit too. Everyone is grown now though and none of them need me. Isn’t that the biggest part of being a Mom? Everyone needs you! You are the rock.

I found several great websites with many Mother’s Day gift suggestions straight from the intellectual minds of Moms. Many of them make so many wonderful suggestions, but I find myself just wishing I could be with the kids this year. I long for a day with all the kids together at one time. I wish I could hug them all at once (although my arms are way to short for that).

Anyway, please enjoy the recommended Mother’s Day gifting solution below:

Droidpile

Eid Mubarak 2017

The Spruce

A Little Bit Of CC

My Kids’ Adventures

teach junkie

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SCRAP HACKER

Mom Knows Best

The Dime Store Gypsy

Mud Boots & Pearls

Cook With 5 Kids

Now 100.5

Classy Cheapskape

Lady Emila Writes

Pinot & Peep Toes

Gless House

Enjoy Flowers

Home on the Corner

Paper House

Hope is all I Need

Hope is every breath I breathe.  It cuddles me when I am faint.  It lifts me up when I am sad & it allows me to go on from day to day.

Hope is my life.  When I am filled with doubt, Hope reassures me.

It is the gentle break of day light coming through the bedroom window.  It’s the meow of my old Puddy cat or the dog licking my face with her stinky tongue.

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Hope is the radiating love that shines forth from my husband and it is the stars in the sky at night.

I hope to see the sunrise. I Hope to feel the sunset.  Hope. Just Hope.

 

Be a Tourist in St. Augustine Florida – America’s Oldest City

I felt very fortunate to be able to visit St. Augustine, Florida. This is a city rich in history and culture. The locals here are proud of their status as the Oldest Established City in United States and are welcoming of tourist. Before we made the trip to St. Augustine, we searched the internet for things to do and “Pet Friendly”. We read on several sites that St. Augustine was an extremely dog friendly city, so we took our beloved dog along for the trip. However, we found that this was not necessarily true!

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We drove into the heart of downtown St. Augustine and parked in a public parking garage for the day. We walked through many streets of the downtown area on a self guided tour of our own making. There are many historic signs along the way and even more photo opportunities. The most notable historic part of our travels was Juan Ponce De Leon. His statue is in the heart of St. Augustine. It is a copy of the original statue located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Legend says it was originally cast in bronze from English cannons seized after the English reigned down on San Juan in 1792.

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Architecture

The architecture of the buildings are magnificent and the building materials I found fascinating. Much of the original town was built from Coquina. We saw many of these huge rocks along side the beaches in Central Florida but didn’t understand their significance. We discovered that this coquina is highly sought after in modern day as landscaping displays. But back in 1565 when the Spanish landed and began their occupation, this building materials was plentiful. Coquina (Coe-Queen-a) made great material for forts, especially for heavy cannon use. Due to Coquina’s softness, cannonballs were said to sink into it instead of shatter it or make holes in the walls.  The walls of the Castillo de San Marcos are made of Coquina and the first Saint Augustine Lighthouse was also built of it. It’s truly a cool looking rock comprised of millions of pieces of shell and invertebrates from the sea; all compresses together to create a type of concrete.

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History

St. Augustine received it’s name after a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church. It is said that the land was first sighted on August 28th and also played a part in naming. The Timucuan Indians where inhabiting this land when the Spanish arrived.  They were a people of many chiefs and several tribes spanning across central Florida and stretching upward into Georgia. The Timucuan Indians were politically savvy in that they got along with the Spaniards in many ways and were peaceful. But within a few short years of meeting, their population was reduced from roughly 200,000 to 50,000. The Spaniards brought with them a multitude of European diseases to which the Timucuan Indians had no immunity or resistance. By the 1700’s the tribe had been reduced to less than 1000 and within the first of the 19th century, they were gone all together.

St. Augustine is hailed as the oldest permanently occupied European City in the Americas and this city is so worth a visit. There is a plethora of history here and the landscapes are breathe-taking. We went to spend the day and take in as much as could – but due to having our precious pooch with us, we were only able to stay for about 4-5 hours before we left.

Not Truly Pet Friendly

I believe this city could be family friendly, but I wouldn’t recommend it as pet friendly. We couldn’t take our fur baby into the stores or other establishments on our visit. She wasn’t welcome at public restrooms, visitor centers, shows or museums we may have been interested in. We did find 1 pet friendly public park that she was welcomed to, but there were so many dogs there, it was not the best environment. We had a good time with her, but we could have explored so much more had we left her with a sitter.

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We ate lunch at a quaint cafe downtown that actually brought our dog a bowl of water and was welcoming. (See photos above)

The people passing by on the sidewalk were not as nice though. Rude is a better word…they were not pet friendly. We were asked to “Hold your dog so I can pass” and asked several times if she would bite. All I could assume was that there have been some seriously aggressive dogs brought into this town at some point. As in other historic downtown areas, there was much of the downtown area turned residential and the rudeness we encountered was from these residents.

I would give St Augustine a 2 out of 5 for pet friendly, but I would rate it 4 out of 5 for family friendly and accessibility. Most of the streets are easily walkable and there are ramps at every corner for strollers, wheel chairs and motorized scooters. (Had the residents we encountered been a bit more amicable, I would be inclined to rate 5 out of 5 for family friendly. Having raised 5 kiddos myself, I can tell you that these folks won’t be as nice to your toddlers or pre-teens either.)

Until next time, hang tight…

Chrissy

Visit Turtle Mound, Central Florida

Turtle Mound is a family friendly & pet friendly stop along Florida state road A1A in central Florida on the east coast. It’s historically important to Florida and the prehistoric Indians that once lived there.  Turtle Mound is comprised of a massive amount of shells left by the native Indians living in that area. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and is the largest shell mound left in the United States. It stands 50′ tall and covers approximately 600′ of land. Because of its massive height (for the state of Florida) it has several lookout points that make for beautiful photo opportunities. It is speculated that this mound was used as a safe refuge from hurricanes and also a hunting ground to catch animals that would flee flooding waters of the storm. It is so tall (using flat/low land Florida measures) that it can been seen as far as 7 miles out to sea and is rumored to have been a focal point/marker for the Spanish ships of way back when.

It is handicap accessible and easily walkable due to the large wooden deck boardwalk like structure that is available to walk. A handicap scooter could even easily maneuver this area. There are a few small steps part way up though on some lookout areas.

Due to this being easily accessible by everyone of all abilities, families and pets – I give the Turtle Mound a 5 out of 5 for Must See attractions in Central Florida. It is located about 9-10 miles south of New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County.

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Adventure awaits….

Chrissy

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