My Mommy Rocks!

Whether she's cross-country skiing or zip-lining, my mommy rocks!

Whether she’s cross-country skiing or zip-lining, my mommy rocks!

My mommy spent the last week marching as a 50-year-alumnus of her alma mater in their graduation ceremony (along with my dad and two other honorees). But that’s not what makes her amazing.

After ‘re-marching’, she and my dad headed home on the scenic route—and stopped to ride an old-fashioned steam train and go on a zip line tour. But that’s not what makes her amazing.

When she returns home, she’ll finish off the school year as our small, private school’s librarian—in the past two years she’s bargain hunted at thrift stores and used book stores and added thousands of titles to our school’s library and helped create a love for reading in our students that they never knew they had. But that’s not what makes her amazing.

What make her amazing is her selfless love that encompasses four children, eleven grandchildren and my dad. At various times in her life she’s dropped everything—her plans and her ambitions to help us out. She’s babysat (and dog sat), counseled, cooked, cleaned, organized, sewn, supported and done a myriad other acts of love for each of us.

She took a leave of absence from her teaching job when Pedro had a relapse in cancer and she and my dad moved in with us so that she could take over Pedro’s elementary classes and my dad could sub for me and they could both take care of our kids any time I got called away to be by Pedro’s side as he fought for his life thousands of miles away. That’s amazing.

I don’t say it often enough, but my mommy is amazing and I’m so grateful that God gave me to her. Happy Mother’s Day! I love you!

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Your mother certainly is amazing! What a wonderful legacy she is leaving in your family. Sounds like both of your parents rock! Dropping by today from FMF. Praying that you continue to see the beauty in the life that God has given you. Your words were an encouragement to me to keep on keeping strong so I can be a mom like your’s. 🙂
    Kelly Blackwell recently posted…Grateful – Oh Yes I AmMy Profile

    • Being a mom certainly isn’t easy! But the relationships we build with our child are the ones that will last us throughout our life (I learned this from my mommy, too). And yes–both of my parents are awesome–I’ll write about my dad for Father’s Day ;). Thank you for stopping by!

  • What a beautiful tribute… so perfect for Mother’s Day weekend too! What a blessing!
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted…GRATEFUL – Five Minute FridayMy Profile

    • God has blessed me with an incredible family–and now he’s blessing me with a beautiful blogging family, too :).

  • Wonderful reminder on this Mother’s Day weekend to be grateful God gave us the Mom’s He did 🙂 Visiting from FMF!

  • Tbank you for sharing your story about your mom. I also have a wonderful Mom, and I probably should tell her how grateful I am for her more often. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Jolene recently posted…Five Minute Friday; GratefulMy Profile

    • Thank you, Jolene :). I look forward to having a wonderful weekend where I spend lots of time being grateful for all of God’s blessings!
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  • Wow, Anita! What a lovely way to say thank you to your mom. She sounds like an amazing woman and clearly you two are the best of friends. What a gift!
    Holly Barrett recently posted…GratefulMy Profile

    • I’m horrible at remembering to buy cards (or I buy them and forget to give them)–I hope sharing my mommy with others will suffice this year :).

  • This is an amazing tribute to your mother. She sounds amazing, and you are fortunate to have her. It is people like this who inspire me to work at being a better mom to my daughter.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Nancy Lowell recently posted…Lessons My Mother Taught MeMy Profile

    • I am VERY fortunate to have her and that she has always been such a wonderful role model for me. Thanks for stopping by!
      Anita Ojeda recently posted…My Mommy Rocks!My Profile

  • What a beautiful tribute to your mother. She seems wonderful. Reading tributes like this make me not only want to be a better mom but to also be a better person. Thanks for sharing her with us.
    Amy P Boyd recently posted…Grateful {Five-Minute Friday}My Profile

    • You’re welcome! She inspires me all the time–It’s wonderful to have a role model for mothering and for enjoying one’s empty nest :).

  • Okay, I’m still stuck on the zip lining! What an amazing mommy! How fortunate you were to have your mom and dad there when pedro relapsed to trade jobs with. I love the snow photo — she looks so young!
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    • Donne

      Susan ~

      You’ve heard the saying that you’re only as old as you act? I think for our parents, the trick is that you’re never that old as long as you act. Their active, healthy lifestyle and their little ‘puppy’ keep them young at heart.

    • They can both work teenagers under the table ;).

  • Mormor and Poppy are ageless, as are you and Dad. I’m blessed to have all of you! <3 I love this post!
    Laura Melchor recently posted…Vienna WaitedMy Profile

    • I’m relieved to hear I’m ‘ageless’–since a student recently told Mor mor that she looked younger than me ;).

  • Sounds like your mother has modeled a beautiful living of giving & serving. I loved hearing about her buying for the library. We used to operate a non-profit ministry & library (with over 10,000 items) and I spent much time cataloging donations as well as searching for great book finds. It is definitely an act of love and an amazing way to share the love of book with others.
    Jolene Underwood (@Faith_Eyes) recently posted…When you have to let go {A broken mother’s heart falling into theFather’s arms – Part II}My Profile

    • I get exhausted just thinking about cataloging all the books and putting them into the computer so kids can check them out!

  • Sue

    Wonderful Mother’s Day tribute! I love how active and involved your mom is – it probably keeps her young! I hope I can be that kind of mom to my daughter!
    Sue recently posted…Five Minute Friday- GratefulMy Profile

    • She is very young at heart and works to keep her health young, too :).

  • Anita, this is a beautiful tribute to your mom!! She certainly does ROCK!! 🙂
    Amy Tilson recently posted…Five Minute Friday – GratefulMy Profile

    • Thank you for stopping by, Amy :). Moms are the greatest!