May 9, 2010

To my Mother

To the woman who pushed all 9 lbs 9 oz of me out of her screaming birth canal.

To the woman who gave birth to seven children in an eight-year period.

To the woman who had her last baby, child number eight, at the ripe young age of 42.

To the woman who joined the church despite intense opposition from her family.

To the woman who woke me up every morning at 5am to have family scripture study.

To the woman who spent hours listening to me blabber about my teenage drama, and never laughed.

To the woman who gave up so much for me and my siblings, more than we'll ever know.

To the woman who had stood firm through it all, who never doubted or questioned.

Happy Mother's Day.

I love you.


I'm pretty sure I gained a good 6.3 pounds this weekend. 

But that has NOTHING to do with the fact that I did NOT horde all the beef jerky and chocolate.

NOR am I ghetto enough to wrap my mother's day presents in Christmas paper.

And neither is my sister.

And while we were taking the five out of eight kids photos with my mom, my brother did NOT smash cake and ice cream into my face.

It was strangely a bit de ja'vu of my wedding day.


NOR did he pinch my bum during another photo which he thought was so funny he could not stop laughing.

Because we are a mature and civilized family and we do NOT engage in such foolishness.

NOR do any of us wrestle. Ever.

It only brings out our inner vampire.

That being said, if you dare to read more about our totally, completely boring weekend, I'll see you tomorrow!

I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Mother's Day weekend!

22 super cool people speak:

John and Jami West said...

This post is awesome Serene!! Your mom sounds amazing! I'm not surprised because she did raise an amazing woman who is also a fantastic mother. Happy Mother's Day!

Kristina P. said...

It looks like you have such a fun, delightful family.

Patty Ann said...

It looks like you had a wonderful day! Happy Mother's day to you and your family.

M-Cat said...

Your family looks so FUN!

What a great day

Mama Smith said...

Thank you SO MUCH for HOSTING such an amazing WEEKEND!!! I had SO MUCH FUN!!! And so did your dad!!! Just seeing some of these pictures...reminds me...of the phrase..."joy and rejoicing" in one's posterity!!! going to be a BLAST!!!! (smile)

Thank you...also...for your sweet sentiments!!! YOU and your siblings make me look good (in spirit) that is...(smile)

Brittney said...

what fun! Seeing you and your mom side by side makes me think you don't look too much alike! Your eye color difference is stark! (does that even make sense the way I worded it?)

Krista said...

Your mom looks great! What a woman! You've got great genetics!

See Mom Smile said...

Cute post! Don't think I've ever taken a family photo with one of my brother's pinching my bum.

Sue said...

Looks like a fun time with the family. Your mom sounds great, and her picture matches the image I get of her reading your post.


Canadian Blend said...

Pushing out nine pounds nine ounces sounds pretty impressive... however, as I'm the only one to mention it, and most of the other (maybe all... I'm not sure if it was John or Jami in the first) commenters are female, I can only assume it's just another typical day in the life of a woman. You guys are tough. :)

Sounds like you have a wonderful mother and family.

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Yes, you've just given me free license to poke my sister's bum...oh wait I already do that every chance I get! Happy Mother's Day!

ldsjaneite said...

I love some of the similarities that our mothers have, because I can understand your sentiments.

Your family makes me smile.

Garden of Egan said...

It looks like you had WAY too much fun!!!!!
Was that your SpideyMan Pillow? Awesome Serene!

Darling pictures!

OK, I laughed at your post but my verification word is cracking me up!!!!!


I think that sounds ominous!

Scrappy Girl said...

You have a beautiful momma. Brothers! That is one childhood illness I was not a victim Glad you had a great weekend!

Saimi said...

And I thought I was the only one with wild and crazy siblings! Our families would have a total blast together!!!

Great mom, great pictures and by the looks of it, you had an amazing weekend!!

5 am scripture study, Wow!!

Lisa said...

AHAHAHAHAHA!!! Love the pictures! Tells much more tale than you might have otherwise. Bum pinching brothers and vampire wrestling...who knew?

Mona said...

Serene, I sent your mom an email last night wishing her happy mother's day and thanking her for helping raise my own kids. I love how our families were intertwined through the years and I relish all the memories -- especially of that little spitfire named Serene. Do you remember when you help paint the entire interior of my house? or the time you deep cleaned the house for my birthday? LOVE YOU! Happy happy Mother's Day (how about week!)

Charlotte said...

Are you telling me other types of wrapping paper exist?!? And that other people don't horde the good food? Weird.

Kristine said...

My brother and I act just like that. We always laugh and have a great time when he comes home. Enjoy your family and Happy Mother's Day!

Jess said...

so stinkin' funny! Thanks for the laughs, and vampire picture! :)

Anne said...

Great post- and thanks, I needed a laugh : )

Jackie said...

You are such a sweet mother Serene!

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