Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mothers Are Our Greatest Gift.

Hey Bloggy Mommas!

I hope you guys are having an amazing day. It's beautiful in Philadelphia. After a week of constant downpour, I am so happy to announce that we've had a weekEND full of clear skies and sunshine.

Are you doing anything special for Mother's Day? We are both hundreds of miles away from our moms, so we have to settle with telephone conversations. My family and I have never put a lot of stock in made up holidays like this, but it would be nice to have her here, to let her know how much she means to me.

I think mothers are THE most important things on earth, and unfortunately the ones who are most often taken for granted. It's amazing how much sacrifice they make in their own lives to devote time to raising us to be the people they believe we should be. Where would we be without our mothers?

No, my mom and I don't always see eye to eye, but she fulfilled her role as mother to the best of her ability. Sure it's easy to find fault in some of the decisions our parents made over the years, but as I get older I realize the decisions that really meant something are the ones that have lasted the longest within me. My mom is supportive, she is caring and she is the one person I can go to who will always tell it like it is. She is my guiding force throughout life. It is with her guidance that I make the decisions that move me through my days. I am who I am because of my mom, and though I have some flaws, I am very happy with who that person has become. Thank you mom. I couldn't have ever done it without you. I love you. I appreciate you. My life is what it is because of you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I also want to take a moment to recognize some of our newer mothers in the house - my sister Alexandra and our good Bloggy Friend Monica. They are both reveling in the joys of motherhood as we type/read. I know they will both make the most amazing mothers. Bravo to you both.

I hope you all have a great night. I'm attaching a few pictures of my mom. I hope you enjoy!

Love, Josh

Mom in 1976, before Motherhood.

Mom getting me ready in 1981. She always liked us to look nice.

Mom with Derek and I in 1982.

Mom in a new role - grandmother.


Bill Fogle said...

You look like your mom; Derek looks like your dad. OK, stating the obvious. I wonder if that connection, that pairing, goes further, into the metaphysical, as well ... (cue mysterious music). I have always been fascinated by families and the different personalities that go into making one. I am SO like my mom, and yet ... I never knew my dad (cue gunshot).You already know how much I love historical photos from your family. These were amazing.

Happy first Mother's Day to Alex :)

Dana Underwood said...

Josh - this was a great post - it made me cry. I just love your mom and the rest of your family and you too-LOL. Oh,yeah, they are my family too! Visiting your mom's house is like stepping back in time to the house in Bryanstville. I always loved to go there. This was my first Mother's Day as a single mom; one I never envisioned I would experience - Kim has been a great support to me - one of those BTDT Mama's. Mom's are wonderful, especially the ones with Hulett blood coursing through their veins.