Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Hi everyone!  I just got an e-mail from our adoption coordinator - the woman who was our social worker when we were adopting Anne from China.  She sent a beautiful message about moms and it prompted me to want to write this post today, in honor of all the mothers, aunts, Godmothers, and caretakers in the world!

Here is the quote that she sent in her e-mail message yesterday:

"A mother is one with the heart and empathy to see in us our greatest strengths and hopes while supporting us in difficulty and recovery." Mother's Day is a time for us to reflect on the support our mothers have given us over the years, how their impact on our lives have made us who we are today."                               ~Dr. Weil

My mom was amazing and brought up twin girls (me and my sister) along with my older sister and younger sister without even batting an eye.

Here she is holding my older sister, Cathy:

Here she is at a party - she is pregnant with my sister and me!  My older sister is standing in the front of the photo.  This was at her birthday party!

 . . .and here she is holding us:

Here is a favorite photo of my mom holding me (I broke my leg at age 3) with Cathy and Karen in the foreground.

Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of my mom holding my younger sister, Patty!  She came 12 years after Karen and I were born!!  But here is a favorite family photo of all of us:
(Can you guess which one is me?????)

And the photos I shared last Mother's Day - one of my holding Katie on her baptism day, and one of me holding Anne when she was first placed in my arms in Changsha, China!

Katie, Anne and me  - taken on Mother's Day 2011:

And a more recent photo, from 9/2012, of my girls, Aunt Karen (who is a second mom to them!) and me:

In conclusion, I would like to share a layout that I made yesterday featuring a photo of a daffodil that I took!  Spring has finally sprung here in eastern PA and I am so very happy!

And I am leaving you with a Mother's Day miracle!  I planted a bleeding heart last year that I thought didn't make it!  I absolutely love bleeding heart plants and is a favorite memory of my mother's garden growing up! I found a small plant smiling at me yesterday! YAY!!!!!

Thank you all for stopping by my blog!  I really appreciate your visits and friendship.  Have a wonderful day!


  1. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY SHARON!! I love this post so much! What a sweet thing for the social worker to send out that email, it is beautiful and true!
    OMG these pictures of you growing up are awesome, reminds me so much of me and my twin sisters. That one of your mom holding the two of you is like my mom. I loved having baby sisters, mom said I was very helpful and always holding them. Will hunt up some pictures and share them with you.
    How did you break your leg?
    Being a mom is such a wonderful thing, hardest job there is. It's a roller coaster for sure.

    LOVE LOVE this spring layout, so pretty! Hooray for your bleeding heart flower to be blooming too. So glad that spring is finally here.

    Have a GREAT day with both your girls home and hope you get to relax and be spoiled!
    Thanks so much for sharing all this with us, totally made me smile and tear up. HUGS!

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  3. Hello, again, Sharon - I popped in to see your blog, loved all your pics, your LO and the bleeding heart. Have a wonderful day and keep preserving those memories for your family. Hugs, Fran (Quick Silver)

  4. Such a beautiful post!! LOVING the photos and love love love love your lo!!!! So gorgeous!! Happy Mama's Day!!!!

  5. Beautiful pictures! WIshing you a very happy Mother's Day!

  6. Happy Mothers Day Sharon. What a beautiful pictures. And love the spring layout
    I think you wear the red dress (just a guess because I only know you from pictures)
    Bye Carla

  7. Happy Mothers Day Sharon , a beautiful post and gosh you have some gorgeous photo's to scrap there :) . Love you page you scraped as well, Daffodils and jonquils are one of my favourite flowers as it heralds the promise of spring. Wishing you a wonderful week
    Mary x

  8. Priceless photos Sharon! Happy Mother's Day!

  9. HI.. I hope you had a special Mothers Day!! I loved looking at your photos and how wonderful the memories are of each one..Your layout is so pretty and good on your arrival of your bleeding heart flowers, they look so delicate!! I hope you have a great week ahead!

  10. These pictures are so amazing. Your Mom sounds like a fantastic woman! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day Sharon. You definitely deserve it!

  11. What a beautiful story and pictures, I love your LO!!

  12. Such a sweet those pie charts!

    And thanks for sharing the lovely photos of your family. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day Sharon!

  13. Hi Sharon! You are my blog hop winner!! please email me at raescards (at) comcast (dot) net with your contact info!!
    congratulations!! :)

  14. Hey sweet friend wow what a beautiful picture I hope you had a beautiful motherday ,and what dit you made such beautiful design
    so bright wonderful colors

    having a great day here is it a rainy day

    hugs carla

  15. Happy belated Mother's Day to you! Love the pics and the layout is beautiful! Bleeding hearts are one of my faves too!

  16. Happy Belated Mother's Day to you, Sharon!. I LOVE this post so much, and feeling so much love from your family's photos :) Mother's are a blessed soul, I have great respect for all mothers & adoptive mothers. Your layout is super cute, love the patchwork circles!. HUGS.


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