This Sunday is Mother's Day.  As we all get ready to celebrate, whether it's with flowers and candy.

Jewelry and dinner or just remembering mom because she's not with you any more.

Take a few minutes to really think about how much your mom has sacrificed for you.

My mom, Carol, has raised 11 children (of her own and half of the neighbors too).

She was a devoted wife to my dad, John, for 55 years (he passed December of 2015)

Here are the things I remember most about my mom when I was a young child.

When I had a nightmare, no matter how tired she was or how sick, she always came to my beside and comforted me and sat with me until I could fall back asleep.

When I was sick she would care for me and cuddle me and make me feel much better.

She kissed my booboos, spanked my butt (I may have deserved it a time or two) and taught me right from wrong and taught me manners.

What I have learned from my mother as an adult is to always be kind.

Be understanding and patient with my husband and my children.

My mom has taught me how to be strong through sadness and loss.

When I was growing up if someone said you are so your mother, I would cringe.  Now when someone says you are just like your mother I smile with pride and say thank you.

I love you mom and hope you have a great Mother's Day.

Here is a poem I found by an Unknown Author.

MOTHER
If I could give you diamonds
for each tear you cried for me.
If I could give you sapphires
for each truth you've helped me see.
If I could give you rubies
for the heartache that you've known.
If I could give you pearls
for the wisdom that you've shown.
The you'll have a treasure, mother,
that would mount up to the skies.
That would almost match
the sparkle in your kind and loving eyes.
But I have no pearls, no diamonds
as I'm sure you're well aware
So I'll give you gifts more precious
my devotion, love and care.
~
Author Unknown~