Thursday, May 7, 2009

Angel Mother kit

I remember growing up and Mother's Day was approaching all 5 of us kids would ask our mom what she wanted us to get her or do for her for Mother's Day. Each year it was always the same answer, "I would love it if you would clean your rooms." That never made sense to me...how could clean rooms be considered a Mother's Day gift? Now that I am a mother, I realize the importance of that gift and I'm pretty sure that if my kids ask me, I'll give them the same answer my mom gave to us!

I love my mom. I consider myself so lucky to have had her in my life and to teach me so much. I only felt love from her. Even if I was in trouble, she would always go about things in such a loving way, and I know my siblings felt the same. She had a way about making us each feel so important, and in fact, I know motherhood was one of the most important things to her.

She left behind 9 grandkids (3 more have been born since then and another one is due any day), and we are so glad that our oldest kids remember her. When I spray some of my mom's perfume on, Annika will say, "You smell like Grandy." Or if we walk into a boutique shop where they have their yummy potpourri lingering about, Caitlynn will say, "This smells like Grandy's house." We'll even be at a store, and we might walk by some toys and the girls will say, "Grandy had that doll!" or "Grandy read me that story!" And I am so grateful for that.
(This is my parents with their grandkids 2 months before my mom passed)

This will be my third Mother's Day without her. What a legacy she has left behind. All 5 of us kids are active in our Church and continue to live in a way that our mom would be proud of. We stay close as a family and know how important it is to cling together. We are parents who love our children and consider parenting to be a blessing and one of the most important things we can do. We consider marriage as something worth working hard at. My mom and dad loved each other so much and I loved that they would kiss in front of us. I have learned how to be a good listener and to not judge. I have learned how to pray and to have faith. I have learned how to serve. I am so grateful to have been raised by my mother. I will always remember her example, and will strive to live so good to be with her again one day.

One of my favorite quotations has always been one from Abraham Lincoln. It became even more dear to me after my mom had passed. The quote says, "All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."

I love you Mom.

I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have of being a mother. I love my four beautiful children and am so happy to be a stay-at-home Mom! I am so grateful to my husband and the hard worker that he is so that I have the privilege of being home with Brock and Claire during the day, and for being there when Caitlynn and Annika come home from school. I value my time with them and consider being a mom one of the best things that could ever happen to me. I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day. Even if you are not a mother, you can be an influence for good to those around you. And for those of you whose mothers are still alive, take the time to be with them or talk with them; you will never know how much time you will have with her. Happy Mother's Day!


87 comments:

Jenn said...

Gorgeous kit! Thanks so much for sharing. And I think it's wonderful that you have such a close, amazing family.

Leilani said...

Thank you for another beautiful kit! Have a wonderful Mother's Day full of fun, happiness, and lots of love.

SHURTER'S :) said...

I love this kit! Thanks so much, especially the word art! Happy Mothers Day to you!

Sly Family said...

What you wrote is really touching and made me think of my own mother and I will for sure be taking your advice and spend some time with my mum!!!

Thanks for the beautiful kit as always!!!!!

Beverly said...

Just so beautful the love you have for your Mother! The kit is also beautiful! Thank you!

Jessica said...

So prettY!

Monica said...

Your kits are always beautiful. I especially loved the tribute to your mother. Your family pictures brought back some of my own memories - I swear we have the same family picture, gotta love the 80s

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this kit! Your post was very sweet, and thank you for sharing these moments with us!

Happy Mother's Day!

Jessica said...

This kit really seems to reflect every beautiful thing you've said about your mother. That is so special! I love how you have a purpose for making kits and they're well-planned. So sweet, Summer. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

Brittany said...

Thank you so much for the fab kit, but more importantly, sharing about your mom.

Your family pictures are so sweet!

Thanks for such a special kit.
Happy Mother's Day!

jmutchler said...

Thanks Summer for sharing this beautiful kit. What a blessing to have such a close family!

What's next said...

thanks for the great kit! My mother has been gone for years and I still miss her so much at Mother's day!

Lori said...

Thanks for bringing tears to my eyes, and for the beautiful kit! Happy Mother's Day!

makuahine said...

Thank you! Happy Mother's Day!

Tiffany said...

I came across your blog not too long ago & I love every single kit. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing your talents & have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Cat said...

Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us.. Your Mother's Day story touches my heart. (smiles)

A Blessed Mother's Day to You..

Glenda said...

Thanks for a great kit!!! Now I have my Mother's Day cards made, printed and ready to go!!!
Thank you!!!!
Happy Mother's Day to you!!!

agravette said...

Thank you so much for this gorgeous kit! It is perfect for the Mother's Day card I am going to make for my Mama. Have a great day!

Jessie said...

Your kits are always so beautiful. They are still my favorites! Thank you so much for your generosity.

Noreen Smith said...

Thanks for sharing - your talent, your faith and your heart! You are so generous with all of them! Blessings and Happy Mother's Day!

Shari said...

What a beautiful kit! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of the awesome kits that you have made. I always look forward to a new one from you.

michiganhills said...

Wow, another beautiful kit. I loved your memories of your mother and hope you have a Happy Mothers Day with your children.

Michelle said...

So perfect!!! I love it. Thank you so much for sharing

kelly said...

Thank you for the wonderful words and as always another beautiful kit. I am always so excited when I see that you have another kit out.

Anonymous said...

Once again, another beautiful kit! Thank you for sharing your talents! : )

Sharon said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love your kits!

Nicoleigh said...

This kit is great! Thanks for sharing. And what (kit) did you use to make the picture? That is a great gift idea! I especially love the colors you used.

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Mother's Day post on May. 07, 2009. Thanks again.

EstherNZ said...

Thank you so much Summer! You have an amazing talent topped only by your generosity!
Happy Mothers Day from New Zealand

Allison said...

Gorgeous!! I just love your work, Summer! :)

Bev said...

Your kit is so beautiful, but not as beautiful as the wonderful tribute to your mom - thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and memories of your mom x

Danelle said...

Well goodness...I simply stopped by to check for a faboo freebie by Summer, but you knocked my flip-flops off (cuz you know it's hot in PHX today!) with a wonderful tribute and such sweet thoughts about your mom. I'm going to call my own mom during the download. I LOVE your kits and think the highest of you...you are fabulous! Bless you girl.

erin said...

Thanks for the sweet thought about your mother. I'm sure you will be missing her on Sunday. The kit is wonderful! You put together such beautiful kits. Thank you.

smodi said...

Summer, thank you so much for sharing your memories of your Mother with us. She is beautiful!
I am positive your Mother would be proud of who you are, you are an amazing person and I don't even know you personally. Thank you again for another beautiful kit that I can not wait to create with. I so enjoy when your kits come out to see what beautiful things you will come up with next.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

God Bless You and Your Family

Sherry said...

This is beautiful. you are so talented. Thanks!

Janice Ingram said...

You are truly amazing and very talented. Thanks for sharing your kits with us. I feel the same way about my mom. You have a wonderful family. Happy Mother's Day to you.

Mike, Sha, Kenna, & Kate said...

I love your work! Thank so much! Also, thank you for the reminder about how important mothers are.

erinrose said...

This is a beautiful kit, but your story was even more beautiful. Reading it shows the love you have for your mom and your whole family. Thank you for sharing

Connie Babe said...

it's a beautiful kit, thank you.

and i love how you honor your mom, i understand the missing and the loss...and counting of grandkids that don't know how great of a grandma they have. mine's been gone almost 12 years, it's still unreal.

here's my post from her birthday this year, hopefully, you don't mind my inviting you to read it:
http://conniesramblings.blogspot.com/2009/04/happy-birthday-mom.html

etherealfire said...

This is such a beautiful tribute to your mom!!! Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Mother's Day!

amber said...

Beautiful kit.. And thank you for sharing such intimate and personal thoughts.. Very touching :)

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 07 May [LA 08:05pm, NY 10:05pm] - 08 May [UK 03:05am, OZ 01:05pm] ).

Lin said...

Thank you so much for sharing not only this beautiful gift but your precious memories and thoughts!

Demingglobal said...

thank you for the beautiful kit. your mother sounded lovely. Happy Mother's Day to you!

lvdesigner said...

Stunning as usual!!! Thank you so much :)

Julie E. said...

What a testimony to your mom! You are really blessed to have such a close family. Thanks again for another gorgeous kit!

Brenda said...

Your words are as beautiful - if not more so - as your craft. Many thanks for sharing both so generously.

*I recently stumbled across this quote from ALice Walker: "In search of my mother's garden, I found my own."

Whitney said...

Thanks so much! Happy Mother's Day!

Shel said...

Gorgeous kit! Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Sunny Archibald said...

Another beautiful kid. You are so talented and so generous.

Fiorella said...

Thank you so much!!! It's wonderful!!! Happy mother day from Italy

Jaylene said...

Once again...thanks so much for sharing. I always look forward to then next kit in store for us...you are awesome.

Amanda said...

Thank you so much for another beautiful kit! We appreciate your talent!

Mercedes said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mother, and of course, yet another beautiful kit! Have a wonderful Mothers' Day!
Spiced Sugar

Mandy said...

Yay for kits! You've been such a busy bee. :) Happy Mother's Day.

Anndee said...

Thank you! Happy Mothers Day!

Candy M said...

What a beautiful kit this is and what beautiful memories you have shared of your mother. This will also be my third Mother's Day without my mom. You are so right about not understanding things your mom said in the past until you have kids of your own. I waited until later in life to have my only child and my daughter was only four when she died so there is much we did not get to share. I often find things I wish I could ask her advice about. Thank you so much for the beautiful kit. I'm quite sure my mom would have liked it so I'll have to make a page with it soon.

SandyPie said...

What a pretty kit and such a nice touching story. Thank you so much for sharing both with us.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!! I appreciate the kit.

Julie H. said...

Beautiful kit! Thank you. Have a wonder Mother's Day!

Susan said...

Summer, you make the most beautiful kits. I can't get enough of your work. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

summer - yet another great one. thanks for all of your beautiful freebies and the great texture tutorial. the photo of claire with the brick wall is amazing. sharona

Mattsbrt said...

Thanks for giving us a moment to think about things in our own lives & how we should treasure each day with being a mom! The kit is amazing! Thanks so much! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!

Phillis H said...

Thank you for a very lovely Mother's Day gift!

Pink Monkey said...

What a beautiful kit! I love the colors! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Mother's Day!

Leah said...

Thank you for another beautiful kit! I love the colors!

I hope your family makes Mother's Day as special for you as I know you would've made it for your own mom.

Stathis Five said...

Happy Mother's Day. Thanks for the beautiful kit. I love it and it will be fun to work with.

oolgas said...

Gorgeous kit! Thanks so much for sharing. Olga

Amy said...

Oh so cute! Thanks

Emily M said...

What a beautiful tribute to you mother! And a beautiful kit! Thank you so much Summer for sharing these wonderful kits that you make!

Michelle32 said...

Love your lovely post about our mom. She sounds like a really special lady and I love the photo of all the grandkids and your parents on the couch. What a great picture! Thanks for the beautiful kit. I love and am envious of your talented work! It is very appreciated what you do.

Kristy said...

That picture of all the kids and their grandparents is priceless!!! It's absolutely gorgeous and they are all looking! Wow! Cute layout.

little said...

I always look forward to visiting your blog and seeing what wonderful kits you've created for us. It's so nice to know your thought process for each kit, it makes it special when I use it.
Thank you for sharing your talent with us. You're amazing!

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely gorgeous kit! Thank you for sharing.

sueamour said...

Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful kit!

TerriM said...

Beautiful kit, thanks so much for sharing. Hugs -- xoxo! (terri - hawaii)

AZ Lemon said...

Thanks for sharing. I love how you did your family picture on thi s post. Could you do a tutorial of how you did the background that way? It's way cool with the texture.

Heather the Mama Duk said...

Gorgeous kit as usual. I used it to make a layout of my mom.

http://camianacademy.homeschooljournal.net/archives/1223

Heather the Mama Duk said...

Oops, the link got cut off in my comment. Here it is again. Sorry about that!

My Angel Mother

Julie said...

Beautiful, and thank you for your generosity!

Kristyn said...

Your kits are soooo great! I love them all :-)

Liz Weber said...

Thanks for another beautiful kit Summer.

Sella said...

Wow! what a beautiful kit.Thank you.
Sella

Jeanelle said...

Beautiful! TFS!

Bonnie said...

Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful digi kits...They are awesome!

pearita said...

This is beautiful memory and pretty kit.Thanks a lot for sharing.