Saturday, May 12, 2012

~mother's day gifts~

I know you're hoping to see a wonderful, handmade,
sentimental gift idea and I'm sorry to tell you....
but you won't find it in this post. 
For my Mom; we went in on a nice big gift with my sibs.
For my Mother-in-law; I give her this.....
Race For The Cure-2012.
She died 19 years ago of breast cancer.
I met my husband a month after she died.
It's weird to say but the circumstances seem to be
that if she wouldn't have died, I wouldn't have met him.
In a way, her death brought me life.
So, in her memory I walk this each year to 
celebrate her life, her legacy, her love and her fight.
How appropriate that it falls on Mother's Day weekend.
If you've ever had the opportunity to participate in the
Susan G. Komen-Race For The Cure, you know how
inspirational and emotional it can be. This year I walked
it with my good friend, Lynsie, and my little lady :)
It was a good turnout this year.
Emotional. Empowering. Inspirational.
As you are looking at my pictures keep in mind,
women in the pink t-shirts are cancer SURVIVORS.

 What other time do you get to walk thru the busiest 
streets of downtown Salt Lake City? It's amazing....
the sea of people. Gets me every time.

 There are so many touching posters, t-shirts and messages.
This is personal for so many people that participate.
Including me:
 These are the ones that just kill me.
Kids walking with their mothers...who are 
 This little guy's back bib says 
"I walk in celebration of MY MOM."
I snapped this picture right as him and his Momma
(who is in a pink survivor's t-shirt) let go of hands.
They had been walking hand in hand.

Like this older girl who proudly walked with her Mom,
hand in hand.
Again, her bib says she is walking in honor of her Mom.
 This was another one that got me.....
A survivor, "In memory of MY MOM."
"In celebration of MY LIFE."

I raced "In memory of Momma Jeannie."
And we did it hand in hand......

"Your Mother is always with you.
She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street,
she's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks,
and she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well."
"Your Mother lives inside your laughter and she's crystallized 
in every teardrop.  
She's the place you came from, your first home;
and she's the map you follow with every step you take.
She's your first love and your first heartbreak,
and nothing on Earth can separate you.
Not time...
not space....
not even death."
~author unknown~
Tomorrow my husband will carefully choose the
most beautiful flowers in our garden.
He will arrange them and fill them with greens
from the trees and bushes. 
It will be a beautiful flower arrangement.
We will take it to her grave.
His Mother's Day gift to her. 

Next door, Across town, in a different state or
in your heart.......
may you all have a wonderful time celebrating,
remembering and loving "Mom." 
Wherever she may be.....

Happy Mother's Day.
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Jolie said...

I'm happy for you and Lyns to be able to do this walk again together. I wish I could have experienced it with you both for the 2nd year.....
love the pics!

Lynsie said...

You got me! The tears are flowing. So glad I got to do this with you again this year.

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