Mother’s Day has come and gone and I hope you had a great weekend celebrating mom and/or you. If Mother’s Day is tough for you for any reason, my heart is with you too. Blended families make Mother’s Day tough for me at times but I’m thankful I was able to spend some time with all of our kids yesterday.
On Friday they all came home with fun Mother’s Day gifts that they made in school:
Love, love, love! Now I just need to make sure the cat doesn’t try to eat everything…
And then yesterday I woke up to homemade cards from the kids, a homemade necklace from Miss G, Roger offering to go grocery shopping (yay!) and a text from his ex (to ME, not him) about money. Ahhh there it is. The humbler. I don’t get into all that too much because I like to keep that part of our lives mostly private (and this blog mostly positive) but it’s real life and made for an interesting start to Mother’s Day. In return, I offered to talk to Roger about it after he got back home and I also invited her to take G and miss G back earlier yesterday so they could spend more time with her on Mother’s Day.
Bless and release…
While visiting my mom, my youngest sister Jordan pulled out a tub of her dad’s shirts and offered me to take what I liked. I ended up taking five of them, which felt so surreal in the moment, and then as soon as I got home I curled up on my bed in the fetal position and sobbed into them.
In conclusion, yesterday was a rollercoaster of emotions but ultimately ended really well. The kids were all very, very sweet and I got to have a drink with my mom and sisters, eat heart-shaped pizza, talk very briefly to my grandma on speaker phone and laugh…a lot.
On to the book review!
A Letter to My Mom
I came across a book called A Letter to My Mom and I loved the idea. The timing was perfect too given that Mother’s Day was right around the corner. I ended up spending a good chunk of last week pouring over the letters inside.
Here’s the synopsis from GoodReads:
Just in time for Mother’s Day, the next book in the A Letter to My series (after A Letter to My Dog and A Letter to My Cat) takes on mothers, with celebrities and civilians writing letters of gratitude and admiration to the women who raised them, alongside gorgeous, intimate photos.
I had never heard of author Lisa Erspamer before and so I wasn’t familiar with her A Letter to My series either. I definitely want to check out the dog and cat versions after reading this one!
There is a wide age range of letter writers in here including adults and children, people whose mothers have passed away, adults reflecting on their childhood with their mothers and adult children taking on the challenge of now taking care of their elderly parents instead of the other way around.
For me, it was really interesting to see the different dynamics among mothers and children and families in general. There was a mixture of celebrities and “regular folk” letter writers. Some letters left me puzzled, some left me in tears and some made me laugh out loud. There’s a great mixture for sure. When I was reading this book I couldn’t help but think about the relationships with my own moms (bio and step). This book has definitely inspired me to write letters of my own.
Celebrity letter writers included:
- Kelly Osbourne
- Dr. Phil McGraw
- Nancy O’Dell
- Suze Orman
- Shania Twain <— love her!
- Melissa Rivers
- Molly Sims
- Lennon and Maisy Stella <— love them!
- + more
Each letter was also accompanied with one or more photos of the letter writer with their momma:
One of my favorite parts of each story was when the writers would share the best piece of advice their mom ever gave them.
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten from my mom:
…never let your thoughts make you into something you are not.
Jk… that shit’s hard. Haha! But… I’m working on it. :)
I hope you had a great weekend!
Question of the day?
- What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?
Wanna follow along?
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.