Looking for the Happy and Celebrating the Good this Mother's Day {& enter to win $100!}



Now that we’re in between the Mother's Day and Father’s Day season, we owe it to ourselves to walk away from this holiday looking for all the good there is to be celebrated around us.  Look past what may not be the way you like and choose to see the good. The single mom working hard for her family, the new mom trying to figure it all out, the recent grandma experiencing motherhood in a whole new way.  There is still so much to be celebrate should we choose to do so.
I try to choose to continue to celebrate.  That option writes a new story for my boys and their families in the future.  That option sets my family up for joy and hope in our current lives.  That option helps me move into the future and move forward creating happy new memories that will eventually snuff out the less than ideal.   That option allows for grace and the enjoyment of reality despite whether it's picture perfect or not.
A huge key to this method being a success?  Letting go of perfection.  The perfect day just won't happen but you can find perfect moments in the day.  Look at the intention and maybe not the execution.  Let go of ANY expectations and just settle into whatever the day will bring.  Enjoy the handmade cards or short stemmed flowers picked by chubby hands.  
Focus on your ability to be a mother in whatever facet you have been able to do so.  Look around you for mothers who may need a hand or a hug or a card and some flowers.  I have found that focusing on the moms around you and celebrating them, turns Mother's Day into an everyday kind of holiday I want in my life.  Reach out to the friend who has always wanted children, include her in your plans for a day -- celebrate your husband’s Mom or your best friend’s mom for all the ways she has been there for you.  
This Father's Day, find the men who mentor you, father or not.  Find the men who pour into your children with time and attention and celebrate their role.  Some years I have just taken an inventory of the men in my life who are good fathers and sent them a card to say so, whether they "father" me in any way or not.  Look for the men who need a little encouragement and take it upon yourself to do so.  
The way it goes, many of us are not necessarily blessed with amazing parents but if we adjust our approach to these holidays, we will find that we all have something to celebrate.
It all comes down to this....these are YOUR holidays so you can make them be what you want!  You can make the rules and you can choose the focus.  Let’s celebrate all mothers and fathers, every day. There are many and much to be celebrated if we choose to focus on all the ways we are blessed and not on the ways we are not.
We can all dig deep and find the good, because it's there, regardless of our past, our present or our future.
Can you find it?  Who's a mom you'd love to celebrate? A dad? Your favorite memory?
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135 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

My godmother (may she rest in peace) was a wonderful mother figure to me and a great mom to her 3 daughters. She would go on trips and always send me a postcard and bring me back a gift. I saved those postcards and I have read them to my own daughter.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/599216160249401345

lizrunge87 said...

I am so thankful and blessed by my relationship with my in-laws. My husband's parents have always always been kind and generous with both of us, and not those blessings extend to our kids.

Elena said...

I would love to celebrate my mom

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena said...

https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/599246259002544128

elena150980@yahoo.com

Julie Wood said...

I would love to celebrate my Dad because he is 84 years old and he is still helping me out with his advice and he is comforting and so supportive of me! He has dedicated his life to his kids, and he is always there with a shoulder to cry on when needed!!

Julie Wood said...

Tweet entry
https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/599574958465921024

my email jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

Elle said...

I would love to celebrate my own Mother.

prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

Elle said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/599764962743975937

JC said...

I would love to celebrate my mother. She is the one who makes all birthdays and holidays happy.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

JC said...

-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/599781832893149185

Lisa Brown said...

I would celebrate my dad: fair minded person, gentle, kind.

Lisa Brown said...

https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/600267210578206721

Heidi said...

I am blessed to have a wonderful step-dad who has stepped in and been a great dad and grandpa too.

Heidi said...

Twitter Entry: https://twitter.com/zanderbear/status/600269522227060736

rachel said...

I'd celebrate my dad, who worked hard but always showed us love and took time to do special things for us.

steve weber said...

My mom passed away almost 3 years ago from breast cancer. I honor her memory every single day, not just on mother's day.

groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

MamaStace said...

Both of my parents and grandparents have been equally important and supportive in my life and I celebrate them daily!

nathansmommy619(At)aol(dot)com

MamaStace said...

Tweeted to share https://twitter.com/StaceyNNE/status/601401063573446656

Nathansmommy619(At)aol(dot)com

Beth @beth-adam.blogspot.com said...

I celebrate my mom who raised me by herself for 9 years and sacrificed so much so that I could have a wonderful childhood. bethalee13 at gmail dot com

Courtney B said...

I would celebrate my dad not onlyl is he the best dad ever but he just recently moved to the phillipines so I NEVER get to see him :( miss him all the time!!!

vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

Courtney B said...

tweet

https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/601532809178525696

vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

lil_lady_dz said...

I would love to celebrate my great grandmother, she always taught me how to be giving, kind, and nurturing.

nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

lil_lady_dz said...

Shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/601652150574284800

nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

Tj and Amy said...

my dad passed away over 3 years ago from lung cancer. I treasure all the great memories we had. Especially our weekly lunch date. Where we would catch up. I miss him so much.

amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

tweet. amypugmire@live.com
https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/601791593713168384

Stephanie Phelps said...

I have a wonderful Mother who has always taught me to be kind and to help others! She is a rock in my life! my4boysand1@gmail.com

Stephanie Phelps said...

I tweeted
https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/602344061362642944
my4boysand1@gmail.com

Madeline B said...

My Mom and Dad are both wonderful! I'm adopted but I always felt special, like I was chosen.
madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

Madeline B said...

Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/604080597879906304
madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

Kristen said...

I'd like to celebrate my grandmother who was my grandfather's second wife and who we couldn't have loved more!

Kristen said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/604108299169067008

Amy said...

I would love to celebrate my Mother-In-Law! Without her, I won't have such a good husband! ;) Yup, gotta give her all the credit. Now that I'm a Mom, I know it's not easy to guide and lead. She really teach by being a good example to her kids.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Amy said...

tweeted:
https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/605246792217722880

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Tina said...

I would love to celebrate my mother.she is so sweet.
tina19820115@gmail.com

Tina said...

https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/607126741535092736
tina19820115@gmail.com

ragamuffinbeauties said...

My Mom, as a mother of 8 & the wife of a military husband my Mom has sacrificed a lot for our family. Over the last few years life has several obstacles from a brother in the thick of alcohol & substance addiction, to walking her sister through losing her husband & a grandson who was very ill, she has been our rock & deserves to be celebrated.

mysweetiepiepie said...

My favorite family memories are cooking together at holidays, especially baking Christmas cookies together.

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

My favorite tradition for Mother's Day is making breakfast for my family then spending the day crafting together
mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

tweeted

https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/608787585113145344

mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

susan1215 said...

I have lost both of my parents and I remember the good memories of our lives together.

s2s2 at cox dot net

susan1215 said...

https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/609009679260336128

s2s2 at cox dot net

Henria O. said...

I would like to celebrate my parents. They are truly selfless people who have always led by example and have demonstrated the blessings of giving time, resources and love to others. Not only are they a blessing to others, they are a blessing to my children as well.
sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

Henria O. said...


Tweeted: https://twitter.com/sazzyfrazzy/status/609802700503433217
sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

gypsy said...

Some of my favorite memories of of my grandfather on the farm. He would bring lambs in and let me feed them by the wood stove; taught me to make homemade maple syrup; brought me to the garden to gather food with him; made me feel so loved.

Sandy Klocinski said...

My favorite memory is my love for teddy bears!(I still love them now, but back when I was a kid you wouldn't find me without one at home!)

Sandy Klocinski said...

https://twitter.com/Attea2d/status/610797645301448704

peg42 said...

I'd like to celebrate both my parents. My Mom really treated people well and was always so loving and caring. My Dad also is one to always be there to help others. They were/are a great inspiration.
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

peg42 said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/610813722773295104
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

clc408 said...

My parents sacrificed their needs to make sure we kids got everything we needed and wanted, including paid-for educations. I appreciate them so much.

clc408 said...

Tweet
https://twitter.com/clc408/status/610839222560399360

Denise S. said...

I would celebrate my mother who taught me good values.

Kim said...

Both of my parents deserve to be celebrated! They are both amazing people who have wonderful qualities. They are both loving, giving and always doing things for others. I would not be the person I am today without the influence of my mom and dad.
Addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I do want to celebrate my late parents. They taught me how to get along in the world, and they adored my children!

Barbara Montag said...

I would like to celebrate my birth daughter as a great mom.
She amazes me how patient she is!
thank you

barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

Barbara Montag said...

Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/610981948543078400

Ashley said...

I'd love to celebrate both of my parents, they shaped who I am and continue to be amazing roll models to me and my kids!

demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

nickieisis3 said...

I would love to celebrate my mom

HilLesha O'Nan said...

My dad, as he is one the most selfless and generous person that I know. My Dad has shown his love in countless of other ways to his family. One of those ways was working long, grueling hours at the coal mine to ensure that his family had the best of everything. Even now, he is always there lending a helpful hand, whether it is words of encouragement or a household project. :)

Lesha@tothemotherhood.com

Anastasia Falling said...

I'd celebrate my mom! She's the best :) One of my favorite memories of her is her making us enchiladas and tacos! Always a good time in the kitchen :)
anastasia2013@gmail.com

Anastasia Falling said...

Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/611429672786726912
anastasia2013@gmail.com

sarah said...

i'd celebrate my mom for all that she has done for me
stigay at comcast.net

Kathleen Porteous said...

I would like to celebrate my mom. She is my rock.

kport207 at gmail dot com

mickeyfan said...

My parents raised 4 good citizens and I think I followed their path as my 2 (grown) children have turned out pretty well too.

Stephanie said...

my son, my blessing – who teaches me to stop and enjoy life’s precious moments
tvollowitz at aol dot com

Erica Best said...

My dad and mom they have me the best life they could and made sure i went to college

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/612700982716141568

Amanda Sakovitz said...

I would love to celebrate my mom because she is amazing.

pokergrl8 at gmail.com

Amanda Sakovitz said...

https://twitter.com/aes529/status/613023744194412544
pokergrl8 at gmail.com

Leela said...

We celebrate family at all of our events.

ms-texas said...

i would love to celebrate my mother!

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

MCantu1019 said...

I would like to celebrate my mother.
MCantu1019 at aol dot com

ms-texas said...

i posted a tweet here:

https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/613175895960846337


debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

Angel Jacklyn said...

2ND ENTRY TWITTER!!! https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/613252824638492672 afjackly@oakland.edu

Angel Jacklyn said...

MY FAVORITE MOTHER'S DAY MOMENT WAS THE MOTHER'S DAY BEFORE MY GRANDMAMA PASSED AWAY... SHE WAS LIKE A MOTHER TO ME! SLIGHTLY HARD TO TALK ABOUT THOUGH... afjackly@oakland.edu

DeniseL said...

I want to (and do) celebrate my ex-MIL. She is such a wonderful, caring person. Though I'm not married to her son anymore she treats my son (not her blood grandchild) just like the rest of her grandchildren. She's taught me so much about life, love, gardening, knitting, etc. I love her to pieces and she brings joy to my life.
dmarie824 at aol dot com

DeniseL said...

tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/613435026164678656

DeniseL said...

I gave you the wrong tweet link in my first post. Here's the correct link - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/613437339545636864 . Sorry for the inconvenience.

Kim Hilbert said...

I always celebrate my mom, she is awesome!

Min K said...

celebrating Grandma

Karen Drake said...

I would like to celebrate my Father, he taught me to be kind and generous to everyone I meet.

stOOpidgErL said...

I love to celebrate Mother's Day with my mom. She's not only my mother but my best-friend too!

Aleksandra Nearing said...

We don't have any specific traditions but enjoy spending time together that day, playing board games and staying off electronics!

aleksnearing gmail com

Tabathia B said...

I would like to celebrate my mother, who is not only a good mother but a good person, she doesn't judge or talk about or down to people she always makes time for her children and grandchildren

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia B said...

tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/614657965694537728

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tina Woo said...

Every day right now I am celebrating my Dad, who is currently living with me after having a leg amputated due to artery issues. I am constantly astounded by his positive attitude and general good cheer.

Tina Woo said...

Every day right now I am celebrating my Dad, who is currently living with me after having a leg amputated due to artery issues. I am constantly astounded by his positive attitude and general good cheer.

Tina Woo said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/tinawoo21/status/614660940252844032

Thomas Murphy said...

I would love to celebrate my mom because she is awesome!

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Thomas Murphy said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/614666299680116736

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Tina Woo said...

Because I lost my mother early, the mother I love to celebrate with is Grace: my babysitter when I was growing up, who now happens to be my sister's mother-in-law. I contribute my love of cooking to her influence, and Mother's Day is often spent making giant batches of tamales.

Gina Wildorchid said...

Our favorite way to celebrate is by having a picnic at a scenic location!

Thanks for the chance to win!

wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

Gina Wildorchid said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/614827263713001472

kathy pease said...

I would celebrate my mother she was very independant and raised my brother and I all by herself.

kathy pease said...

I would celebrate my mother she was very independant and raised my brother and I all by herself.

kathy pease said...

https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/614927307292151808

Tarissa G said...

I celebrate my mom, for all the hard work she put into rearing her two children. She homeschooled us (from preschool to 12th grade)... and she put in many long-hour days for the betterment of myself and my brother. She's awesome!
pixelberrypie at yahoo dot com

Tarissa G said...

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/pixel_berry_pie/status/614974635671691264

Kerry said...

Both of my grandmothers were amazing women that I still remember fondly and celebrate!
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/614978411325489152
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

smilekisses said...

My in-laws who are now passed meant the world to me.

smilekisses said...

https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/615059763731300352

mkjmc said...

i loved my Grams she was the piece of happiness in a hard life growing up! Thanks Grams

mkjmc said...

https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/615105453941460992

Aurelie Red said...

I would love to celebrate my dad who is so sweet !
He taught me to cook, it was our little sunday tradition.
redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

Aurelie Red said...

My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/615234722956886016
redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

Michelle Walters said...

I don't have to dig deep to find the good. I was blessed with the best parents who have always been there for me.

ellie said...

I'd like to celebrate my son. My baby had his first baby this year and he's doing an awesome job.

ellie said...

tweeted

https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/615353397479235584

eswright18 at gmail dot com

Lisa Garner said...

I would love to celebrate my dad for all this amazing things he does to encourage my children.

Lisa Garner said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/615606297002508288

saturdaynightfever said...

Mt favorite memory would be baking cookies with Mom, just before Christmas.

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Stephanie Larison said...

I would celebrate with my dad, he's always so easy going I love it.

Stephanie Larison said...

https://twitter.com/Stephanie64030/status/615651875652677632

Lisa Voyce said...

My grown daughter and I like to celebrate my mom (passed in 2012) by going to her favorite restaurant on Mother's Day.

Wanda McHenry said...

I would love to celebrate my mom because she has been such an inspiration in my life by just being her kind, gentle, positive, faithful self.

Wanda McHenry said...

https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/615705131385012224

Erica C. said...

I'd celebrate my grandmother.

Bert Dadtastic said...

I am blessed to have a faithful mom who taught me the ways of the LORD
iamdadtastic@gmail.com

Bert Dadtastic said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/iamdadtastic/status/615810461582241792
iamdadtastic@gmail.com

rajee pandi said...

I am happy that my kids learn many good things at school

rajee pandi said...

https://twitter.com/momsfocus/status/615853644127178752

smeltzeramy said...

My dad and I haven't seen each other since I was 16. I still love him and thing of him often but it hurts to be treated this way. My mom has been the main one who has helped me over the years, although we've never been close. amysmeltzer21521 at yahoo dot com

Kathryn C said...

my #SweepstakesEntry tweet:

https://twitter.com/thrincor/status/615961326712655873

KC
kacor7@hotmail.com

Kathryn C said...

#SweepstakesEntry:

my parent's kindness & compassion for others & even animals was passed down to me & to this day I'm a better person for it
KC
kacor7@hotmail.com

angie lilly said...

One of my fav Mother's Day memories was the 1st year I was able to afford to have flowers delivered to my mom. I was 14 and had some babysitting money and could afford to have one single red rose sent to her. The look on her face Mother's Day morning when she answered the door is something I will never forget.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/615972028458356736
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

RICHARD HICKS said...

I would celebrate my Grandmother who brought so much joy to me

RICHARD HICKS said...

https://twitter.com/ardy22/status/615984110205599748

Francine said...

I celebrate both of my parents.

crystalf said...

I would love to celebrate my hubby. I don't think we do enough for him to let him know how important he is to us and how much we appreciate all he does for us. Thank you!!
crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

channallocks said...

we all get together and go to breakfast

Ceecjjj said...

My mom was an incredable woman who would do anything for her family.

Welcome to My World said...

https://twitter.com/davisesq212/status/616117870762790912

Welcome to My World said...

I love celebrating with my mom...our tradition is to have a day of fun of her choosing.

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