Why I Love You

My mother was a beautiful, strong, independent woman. She co-owned a business with my father, ran our household and worked with our church. When I was 10 years old, my mother got very sick. It took almost a year for doctors to figure out what was wrong was an incurable lung disease. She passed away at the end of March, shortly after my 12th birthday.

There are many things I learned and inherited from my mother; her strong work ethic, her curiosity and love of animals and nature, and her fierce independence. Many times, after becoming a mother myself, I have wished she was here to help and support me, give me advice and I have no doubt, she’d let me know when she felt I was royally screwing up!

Some years, I have donated to charities in her name for Mother’s Day. Ones I thought she would herself would have endorsed; World Wildlife Federation, Children’s Hospitals, etc.

But I also think one of the greatest ways we can honor our mothers is just by being the best parent we can be for our own children.

This year, writing this blog along with all the incredible connections I’ve made with so many of you has helped me on my present path of motherhood with all my doubts, struggles, frustrations, joys and realizations. Many have said this and I completely agree; I never expected when I started this blog that I would feel this kind of connection and friendship with people I’ve never met in person or to learn so much from them – and myself.

I feel better for it in many ways.

These are just a few examples of why I love you, there are far too many I love to post.

You mothers are something else. Wise, caring, creative, talented, honest and amazing. This year, I am celebrating all of you and all of me too.

Thank you for sharing so much with the world and for coming by and reading about my padawan life as well.


Hoping this has close enough to a list for Stasha to allow it for Monday Listicles :)

38 thoughts on “Why I Love You

  1. This is so sweet and lovely, Anna! Not only did you link up with me, but you also mentioned a post of mine – thank you!

    And I’m certain Stasha will totally allow it for Listicles.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you!

    • Thank you Jen! You have the best linkups, I love how you remind people to look at the happy, good things. Hope you are having a great Mother’s Day as well!

  2. Oh Anna! What a beautiful Mother’s Day tribute! Thank you for thinking of me. Your Mom is surely beaming at what a generous, loving, thoughtful woman and mother you’ve become. I’m honored to be in your circle of blog friends and look forward to curling up with all the great mom-related posts you’ve recommended! Happy Mother’s Day to us! XO!

    • Thank you so much Leslie! I hope you enjoy the other posts as well, there are too many great ones to mention them all but these really touched me. I loved your post about stepping up, becoming more comfortable and sure about who you are and what you are doing, following your true self and what you love! Thank you for reading and hope you’re enjoying an awesome Mother’s Day!

  3. What an incredible post Anna. Your stories are always so heartfelt and emotional.

    There is no better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to honor the mothers that matter to us! I feel honored to be in such amazing company.

    Thank you for sharing. I am wishing you an amazing mother day — here’s hoping you have a relaxing and easy day!

    • Thank you Carinn! I am so thankful for your blog, all your thoughts and insights you share and how you totally make me laugh as well! You are absolutely a mother to be honored. Hope you are having a fantastic Mother’s Day and thank you so much for reading!

  4. Thank you so much for including me in such a lovely, thoughtful post! I feel the same way about all the love and support that I’ve found in the blogging community. It’s gotten me through some rough days!

    I hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day!!

    • Thank you so much for reading Tracy! The love and support online is not what I expected but I am SO grateful and happy for it. Your post hit home with me on so many levels. I love your honesty and telling it like it is but in a loving way. Happy Mother’s Day to you too!

  5. You make life better. Period. There’s so much authenticity in your words and in your caring, you are always ready to provide resources and help to others. I can’t think of a better fellow mom to have as a friend. I imagine your mom is very proud of you. Believe me, you pay tribute to her in the way you live–so beautifully.

    (I pinned this in Stories about Moms over at Pinterest) ;)

    Happy Mother’s Day, Anna. <3

    • Thank you so much Kim, for reading and always being so incredibly kind and supportive. Your bravery and honesty blows me away with each post you write. Your initiative to shine a light on positive women, making great changes in the world is a constant inspiration. Thank you so much for pinning this on Pinterest, I’m totally honored! Hope you are having an amazing and awesome Mother’s Day today!

  6. Happy Mother’s day my sweet friend. I have learned so much from you too and the company I am in is making me feel like million dollars baby! Thank you!

    • Thanks so much Stasha! I love Monday Listicles and your photography is amazing, you have a natural talent for it! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day as well!

  7. Thank you for including me in this and in your blog and especially your Friday night “me-time” thoughts and Tweets. (-: I feel like I have come to know you – I didn’t know that you lost your mom when you were only 12 and my heart just lurched when I read about that. I cannot even begin to imagine what a terrible and huge loss that was and is for you. But you summed it up when you said: “one of the greatest ways we can honor our mothers is just by being the best parent we can be for our own children.” Happy mother’s day – and thanks again for this lovely post. (-:

    • Thank you Ado and Yay for Friday night “mom’s break time”! I always love reading your posts, they always touch me in some way and your 15 min of fame one made me laugh out loud. You are such an incredible writer, person and mom! Hope you were spoiled today and had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  8. So sorry you lost your mother at such a young age. I can’t imagine how hard days like today would be for you. (Hugs)

    What an awesome way to acknowledge your blog friends!

    • Thanks so much Jen! I’m truly thankful for all the great moms I’ve “met” online and for everyone who takes a few moments to come by and read my posts as well. Hope you had an awesome Mother’s Day today!

    • Thank you Paul! I had a great day – these moms rock my world, that’s for sure :) Hope you found a few new, great blogs to check out from my list here as well. Thank you so much for reading and hope you had a great day celebrating with your mom, grandmother or a special woman today too!

    • Thanks so much for reading Bridget! Hope you get a chance to check out a few of these links, they are good ones :)

  9. Happy Mother’s Day! This post is so true. I feel the same way. I didn’t know what I was really doing with my blog when I started. I didn’t know that blogging would be a source of support for me as a mom. Finding people like you in the blogosphere is priceless to me. I am glad to know you all are out there. Now…if only we could all meet in real life….

    • Thank you Janice – Hope you had a great Mother’s Day as well! I still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing at times with my blog – haha – but I am enjoying the process and loving all these relationships and awesome blogs I’m discovering. I wish I could meet everyone in real life as well, I can’t even describe how happy that would make me!

    • Thank you so much for reading Jamie! I hope you enjoy some of the posts I linked to :) Hope you had a great Mother’s Day as well!

  10. What a wonderful list – I so agree that I never expected to find such a wonderful community of friends, moms and writers when I started blogging. I feel so lucky now! Thanks for bringing your light to the rest of us, too!

    • I honestly do feel lucky as well – and so thankful, to everyone for sharing so much on their blogs as well as those who stop be here :) Thank you so much for reading Susan!

  11. I can only imagine how difficult it was to have lost your mother at such a young age. Her influence, be it short, has obviously made a huge impact on who you are and what you do. I must agree incessantly with your various selections from other bloggers. Such good people, such good work! Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Thank you so much Jackie, I really appreciate your kindness. It was very hard, losing her when I was so young but I think it has also made me admire and appreciate great moms everywhere as well as wanting to be better myself. Thank you so much for reading and I hope your Mother’s Day was awesome!

    • It is the BEST feeling! One of my favorite things about starting this blog is all the connections and feeling so understood. Thanks so much for reading Yoli!

    • Thank you Audrey – they are all awesome blogs! Sunday was wonderful here, hope you had a great one as well!

  12. Such a beautiful post! My nephew lost his mom, my sister, two years ago (next week). He was 5 at the time. Its such a tender time of the year for me.

    Love this.

    • Thank you Ducky and I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister. It is a tender time of year for sure but wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate all the great moms I’m so honored to read and get to know too :) Thanks so much for reading!

  13. what a wonderful tribute to so many of our talented fellow moms who blog. just wonderful what you have done. No way Stasha could exclude so darn near perfect a list. well done.

    • Thank you so much Rory, I am a big fan of your blog as well! Thanks so much for coming by to read on your combo b-day and Mother’s Day weekend!

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