Time for the utterly predictable Mother’s Day post!!!

SUNDAY morning I got up and sipped my coffee while looking through one of those old scrapbooks that I bought at the thrift store and found the most dear little poem.

by Katherine Saunders
What child has never tasted dandelions,
The bitter of their hollow, curling handles;
Picked yellow blossoms by the tortured fistful
Nor blown the white fire out like birthday candles?

Grownups may shudder, dig them out of lawns,
And yet they make a very fine bouquet,
Especially with no other flowers handy
For a little boy on Mother’s Day.

And since, truth be told, my own dear children were having a hard time keeping off the TV and video games, I came up with the brilliant idea that THEY should go pick ME a dandelion bouquet…..after all it was Mother’s day!


It was raining and they got wet but they very much enjoyed their little nature walk, they told me they played a game called “adventures”.  The bouquet didn’t have any dandelions in it, they said there weren’t any dandelions.

Jacob went out for breakfast with his friend Cody and he came back with a bouquet of flowers from 7 Eleven.  I saw him get out of the car with them so I rushed to the door to receive my beautiful flowers and hug him.  Thank you Jacob!

Seth gave me a marigold plant in a paper cup after school on Friday, he had the flower part in his other hand, “It fell off.” he cheerfully explained.

Sarah Joy gave me paper flowers in a plastic vase, glued all over with tissue paper.  The card said, “Happy Mother’s Day, I love you even more than toys!”

She also gave me a “thank you” card and it said this on the inside of it:


We think it may be a variation on “I hope you have a nice day.” and it gave me a good surprise and a long healthy laugh which was the best gift ever.

We went to church and then to McDonalds, which was super fun, everyone was full of happiness and energy.  You can be a bit more wild at McDonalds and not have to use your best manners ……therefore mom can relax.  How lovely.


We took the offspring home and then Rich took me to the mall for a date.  Was it because of the diet Coke or the fact that it was Mother’s day that I was so cheerful and happy all day long?  Or my natural disposition?  I dunno.  It was just a very nice day.


Back tracking……this was Friday night.  Grace went to her Senior banquet with her friend Kylee.  Her boyfriend Caleb is at basic training in Texas so she went with the next best person; his sister.

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They got ready in my bathroom; so sweet.

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Jacob went to Senior banquet, too, with his good friend Emily.  She was the one in the last post with the Sapphire tumbler.

Jacob bought his tie from the Brimfield Antique show, it’s vintage.  He was on the hunt for a royal blue tie to match Emily’s dress.

It was 10 dollars.


Grace wore the dress Hannah made for her, silver sandals, and my new leaf necklace and earrings that Rich gave to me when he got home from his last business trip.  She looked magical.

And guess what?  I took the photo of her and Kylee at the top of the driveway so naturally Grace checked the mail…..and found two letters from Caleb inside the mailbox!

(all she does lately is write long epistles to her boyfriend and haunt the mailbox for replies)


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Beautiful Kylie with Gentleman Gray ❤

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This week is going to be exciting starting with today when I take Sarah to get her wart removed and then go shopping with her and the two older boys.  Tomorrow I’m getting my hair done, Wednesday Seth has a program at school and Thursday I’m taking Grace and Ethan with me for a beach day!!

It’s currently 47 degrees and raining but by Thursday it’s supposed to be partly sunny and 89.  We shall see.


mother’s day quote:  “I plan to give you love, nurturing, and just enough dysfunction to make you funny.”





7 thoughts on “

  1. Epistles. Made me chuckle. As did “I hope you have a new life.” So funny but so precious. If this is too nosy, please tell me. Did Jacob and his girlfriend part ways? She hasn’t appeared in your blog lately. 😦

  2. Beautiful pics of the kids. That, too, brings many up memories of dressing up for Band Banquets.

    I chucked at Sarah’s note. So cute.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Shanda. 🙂

  3. And quite predictably lovely to read, Shanda! Happy Mother’s Day to you! I remember well those treasured, ‘from the heart’, wild flower bouquets my son would bring me when he was younger. This year he took me out for a very special dinner of baked salmon, and all the delicious ‘trimmings’. He also gave me a box of chocolate truffles, which I absolutely love, but most of all, it’s the time he spent with me, and the words from his heart which he wrote in a beautiful card that I will treasure forever!

    I love the picture of you all there at McDonald’s! Your smile speaks volumes of your happiness! And, Hannah looks so enchanting in that dress that Grace made for her … just perfect! And, it sounds like your week will be as equally ‘perfect’! Blessings to you and enjoy, my friend! xo

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