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Ten Things of Thankful: What My Mom Taught Me Edition

As Mother's Day is this weekend, I thought it only appropriate that I share, in this TToT, things my Mom taught by example.  Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

1.  I'm thankful that Mom taught the joy of exploration.  What do we do at the coast?  We look for shells and rocks, of course!

2.  I'm thankful that Mom taught me that it's fun to just be silly sometimes.  

(It only looks like my mom was having more fun than I.)

3.  I'm thankful that she taught me that pianos are not just decorative pieces of furniture, but that they are instruments to be played often.  
I'm not sure, but I think that Mom is holding a music book to add to the collection behind her. (And that is only a small fraction of the total!)

4.  I'm thankful that Mom and Dad taught me what a happy marriage looks like.

5.  I'm thankful that Mom taught by example what it means to be a devoted daughter.  Though she has always been attentive, in recent years, she has been caretaker to first her mother-in-law, and now her own mom. 


In earlier years, before the grandmas moved in. (Taken at my dad's mom's house.)

6.  I'm thankful Mom taught me to smile even when things are tough.
We decided to visit Silver Falls, Oregon, on what started out to be a beautiful, sunny day.  We ended up getting hammered by hail and snow.  No matter; we still had fun.
 7.  I'm thankful that Mom taught me to notice the wonders of nature. 

8.  I'm thankful that Mom taught me the satisfaction that comes with gardening.

 9.  I'm thankful Mom taught me to to prepare home-cooked meals (including dessert) from scratch.

10.  I'm thankful for all the other things Mom showed me, including faith, sympathy, service. . . but most of all, love. 

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Thanks for my hard-working, loving Mom (and Mom-in-law, and Grandma, too!) for everything.  You've done far more than ten things.  I love you!  Happy Mother's Day!

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  1. Those pictures are priceless! I'm going to visit my father at the end of this month and one thing I want to come away with are some family pictures from my childhood. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Lovely pictures Kristi...I love old photos... my mom taught me so much and still to this day is solid support ! Have a lovely mother's day !!!

    1. Thank you. I love old photos, too, and blogging gives me a chance to share them.

  3. What awesome photos. Treasures. FYI. A friend's house burned to the ground this week. Her FB status reminded us to make copies of all those photos that can't be replaced. Happy Mother's Day to you Kristi

    1. What a tragedy! Thanks for the reminder to back up my photos. I'm trying to scan all my really old ones and save them on an external hard drive that I keep in a fire-safe box. I also put some on family history sites like and, so that other relatives can have copies, too.

  4. what a lovely post... Your mom must read your blog I guess... she will be taken back Im sure! What a gorgeous child... downright cherubic you were!

    1. Well, my mom might have a chuckle or two about your "cherubic" child comment! "Impish" might be more accurate. :-)

  5. loved that nest-to-last photo… 1969!
    A lifetime ago, but (at times) feels like yesterday.

  6. Love all your photos of you and your mom here. Want to wish you and your mom, both a very, Happy another's Day now :)

  7. You certainly blessed with a great example for a mother. Sounds like you are turning out to be a lot like her. :)
    Fantastic photos, both old and new.

    1. My mom is a great example, and I hope to be like her when I grow up. :-)

  8. What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. This is one of the best TToT I've seen yet!

  9. What a lovely tribute to your mom! And fantastic pictures! Love the ones at the beach, plus the one of your mom, the paparazzi :)

  10. Whoa! Another piano lover! Glad to share the love of it with you. Have a wonderful Sunday, Kristi!

  11. A wonderful collection of photos. Clearly someone in your family is an accomplished photographer

    1. My dad gets credit for the ones of Mom and me. My mom is fairly comfortable behind the camera, too, though--as evidenced by the photo above!

  12. What wonderful pictures! You were very lucky to have such a wonderful mother -- and she did teach you well!

    1. She is definitely a blessing in my life! She's an excellent teacher, but I still have much to learn from her.

  13. My mother taught me so many of the same values. I appreciate people like your mother, too!

    1. Sounds like our moms would get along well!

  14. What a gorgeous post and tribute to your mother! Just lovely! The pictures are priceless and ou are definitely blessed, Happy Mother's Day to you and to your wonderful mom!


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