Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dreamsicle kit

As Mother's Day has been approaching, I have been thinking a lot about my childhood and how happy I was because I was raised by the best mother (I know, I am biased...but I believe it to be true!). You know the common phrase, "You never know what you've got until it's gone." Well, I am happy to say that while my mom was alive, we lived each day to its fullest. I cherished my mother and loved our relationship and everything that she taught me. For me personally, I would change the words to that quote to say, "You always knew what you had...especially now that she's gone." I feel so lucky to have no regrets. I feel so lucky to know that when she unexpectedly passed just over 3 years ago, and I didn't have the chance to call her on that day, that she KNEW that I loved her, and that I only felt complete love from her. I remember the last time that I saw her before she died. We were saying goodbye at an airport and she was hugging me tightly. And she said, "Summer, I hope that I have always been a good mother to you." I only felt complete love. I expressed my love to her and let her know that she has always been the BEST mother and that I felt so lucky. I am so happy to have that lasting memory!

My mom always made life happier and more fun. She was full of adventure and life. Growing up, if I ever needed to have a one-on-one talk with her about anything, she'd say, "Let's go get an ice cream." She always claimed that she could eat her ice cream faster than anyone...and it was true, at least in our family. When we'd go on family vacations and we were bored driving in the Suburban for many hours, she'd buy Ritz crackers and then show us how you can roll down the window, and when you're driving fast you can see how many Ritz crackers you can put on your hand as it is going against the wind. It was fun for us to watch her do that and for us to try. I remember us laughing as she sang circus music while she "performed" and started to even have them go on her arm.

I could write forever of my memories of her. Now that she is gone, I can feel the void. She was the life of the party. I have felt myself change as I realize the roll she truly played in my life. It makes me grateful to be so close to my dad and siblings. When we get together, it is just like old times and that life and adventure come back out of us again. It has helped me to realize that I need to be a better mom...that I need to be that kind of a mom for my own kids...that I need to bring some fun energy into their lives.

A couple of weeks ago I did something that I would have never thought of doing....at least not since I've had kids. It was something that I would have done when I was in high school maybe. I took trapeze lessons. It was so much fun, and I was so glad I did it, because it made me feel like ME again. (You can see pictures and watch a video here).

For this Mother's Day, my challenge to you is to fulfill some dream. I am not saying to go take trapeze lessons...but I am saying, think of something that you wouldn't normally do...something that will get you out of the mundane things of life and just bring a little spark into your day. Fulfill your dreams! Life is too short to not have a fun time and be happy!!!

(Sorry, I realized as I added a little bit of black to this kit that it ended up looking like a Halloween kit!)

*And for those who missed it, check out the following post for the Baroque Frame Brush!

42 comments:

Krystyn said...

How lucky you are to have such wonderful memories of your mom....and to make new ones.

Happy Mother's Day!

PS I hope things are going better for your little girl.

Gulffire said...

Thank you so much for the lovely kit and your post, too. You are always so positive in your outlook on life and reading your posts is very uplifting. I hope all good things find their way to you. Happy Mother's Day!

Jana said...

What a wonderful post today. You and your mom were so blessed to have such a wonderful relationship.
I also enjoyed watching your video. Looks fun!
Thanks so much for another wonderful kit!!!

Christy said...

Thanks for sharing about your mom and thanks for the kit!

Cindy N. (aka nadci) said...

Such a lovely tribute. Thank you for sharing your story and the beautiful kit. Happy mother's day to you.

Alexis said...

Happy Mother's Day to you, and thank you for sharing such a wonderful entry about your mom. My own mom was a complete failure, and I fear that I will follow in her footsteps. It gives me to hope to hear that some people have wonderful moms and that I can hopefully be one, too.

Leigh said...

Happy Mother's Day! I love reading your uplifting, positive posts. Thank you for your generosity.

The Julanders said...

Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us and your thoughts. I came across your site a few months back and have loved your kits. THANKS for all you do so we too can complete our memories (history) for our family.
Here is wishing you a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! Enjoy.

Van said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your memories and the beautiful kit!

Francesca said...

Happy Mother's Day!
You are so sweet and strong and your words are so beautiful!
Thank you for the lovely kit!
Francesca,Italy

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on May. 09, 2010. Thanks again.

Lady of the Thorns said...

Thank you for sharing the love of your mother and family - it was a nice story to read today, on Mother's Day, for me, a bittersweet day of remembering the love I shared not only with my mother who is now gone but my first born child as well. How wonderful that you have such great memories to hold on to and to pass on to your own children. Hugs to you on this special day of remembrance.

Anonymous said...

As always thank you do much for sharing another wonderful kit and another great story to add to it. Happy Mothers Day.

Melanie said...

Thank you Summer. Your kits mean so much with the memories that are associated with them. Thanks for sharing!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [09 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Tinia said...

What a Happy Kit for Mothers Day.
Happy Mother's Day and Thank you.

Anonymous said...

A big thank you - not only for sharing this beautiful kit (I love the color scheme!!!) but for the wonderful memories as well

idahorhodes said...

Thanks for the awesome kit!

idahorhodes said...

You are so blessed to have an awesome mom!

cherylzyx said...

Thank you!

Emily said...

I just lost my mom on April 1st of this year. It was VERY sudden, it was in a car crash. She was my best friend and my kids best friend. I miss her so, and no one understands it, unless you've been through it. I love reading your thoughts of your mom, as they are so much how I feel about my mom. I miss her so much today, mother's day.

Jacki said...

Thank you- its beautiful!
Happy mother's day!

Lynna said...

Thank you for your beautiful story of your wonderful mom and for sharing your beautiful kit with us! I hope you have had a very blessed Mother's Day!

agravette said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your stories and gorgeous designs!

ella-hippyhoppy said...

Thanks for that lovely kit! I'd like to do some quickpages with it and probably with the "Owl Always Love Spring" Kit, too. I'd like also publish them on my blog (http://ella-hippyhoppy.blogspot.com) and on deviantArt (http://ella-hippyhoppy.deviantart.com). Would that be ok with you?

Thanks again!

Brooke said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful kit. I love orange! As always thanks for sharing your talents and your wonerful stories and experiences!

michiganhills said...

You amaze me...you have so much going on in your life, yet you still take time to design and share. May you and your family be blessed (especially your daughter).

Bisel Family said...

You made me cry, in a good way. You are one of the best mom's I know....you must have had a great teacher. love ya.

Arizona Girl said...

Thank-you for the kit. The knoweldge of Heavenly Father's Plan is wonderful and so comforting!

Margaret C said...

just to say thank-you for the lovely kit, and your story. My MIL died 4 years ago and I miss her so much still as she really was my turn-to. These days can be hard. Take care xx

mckinkle said...

Thank you Summer for sharing your beautiful digi kits. You are one in a million!

What beautiful memories you have of a wonderful Mum. She sure sounds like she had a great sense of fun!

I might not have passed my daughters the brainiest of genes but I sure did pass on to them my sense of fun!

Keryn x

Denise said...

Thank you Summer! Fabulous kit! Happy belated Mother's Day as well. :)

Brenda said...

Such a BEAUTIFUL post. You are very blessed to have such a wonderful mother and a memory!

Ashley Welling said...

Thank you! It doesn't look at all like a Halloween kit. It looks very summery. I just love it.

Farmgirl Chaos said...

Thanks for the great post, as well as the fun kit.
Just this past Sunday, I realized that I don't really have any pictures of my mom and I. That is something I definitely need to change. I also appreciate your stories. I need to start documenting about my family members and fun stories to go along with each of them.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say thank you for sharing so many wonderful kits. I don't remember how I came across your blog, but I'm glad I did. Not only do you give away your designs, but you give of yourself to those in need. I've read multiple posts of how you have helped a couple different families going through tough situations. If only there were more people like you. :) Thanks again!!
~Kristen

Anonymous said...

thank you for this wonderful kit

Barb said...

Enjoyed reading about your Mom. You are truly blessed. Thank you for the beautiful kit.

Vera said...

Thank you so much for sharing memories. You have a good family photo there from your mom's funeral. I don't think we ever took any smiling photos during my grandmother's. We should have.

Thanks for the kit too, love that it's like Halloweeen colors. :)

SONDRA said...

Thanks for sharing your life, your thoughts and this beautiful kit!

Dawn said...

Fabulous! I'm not that keen on Orange as a rule but I can see me using these a lot - they are so beautiful. You obviously put a lot of time and thought and love into your kits - thank you for sharing them!

Shep said...

This is perfect!! It's the first orange themed scrap kit I've seen and it's perfect for my college scrapbook.