Sunday, May 9, 2010

10 Things About My Mom

My mom is an amazing woman. You may have read this post about my parents. Here is a little recap in case you didn't. On October 2, 2009, within 24 hour of each other, both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer. My Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer and my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. My Dad underwent treatment first; surgery & then later followed by radiation treatment. Just a 2 short weeks after my Dad had his surgery, my Mom underwent a mastectomy, followed by the painful reconstructive process (eased only slightly by a very handsome doctor!) She has had painful physical therapy on & off for the past 4+ months. She is regaining strength & range of muscles in her arm & shoulder. She has to work really hard at the physical therapy & her therapist is very pleased with her progress.
pic of Mom & Dad on their honeymoon

pic of Mom & Dad with my brother Danny

pic of Mom & me on my First Communion day

pic of Mom & my brother Tony @ his baptism

My Mom has been very strong throughout this ordeal. Both of my parents are doing very well. I am just so proud of them! So here are a few things that I remember about my mom from childhood until now:

10. My Mom was great at sewing. She sewed everything from bathing suits to raincoats (yes that thick fabric!) to prom dresses. It made me feel special to wear my Mom's creations.

9. My Mom has always shown affection through hugs & kisses, even during those awkward teen years! 

8. My Mom is super tidy. Our home was always neat, clean & orderly (except for the linen closet). Honestly, I have no clue how she kept up with it all! To this day, even after a very painful reconstructive surgery, my parents home is immaculate!

7. My Mom was a great welcomer of kids. I grew up on a corner and everyone in our neighborhood flocked to our house. (It would drive me nuts & probably drove her a bit crazy many times!)

6. My Mom was a race car driver. I did inherit this gene! She wasn't paid professionally, however. She doesn't drive as much these days, but I can still feel the thrill of her driving us all over town & the state for swim meets & practices. (in the days before & gps units).

5. My Mom is very aware of money. She gets great deals & can stretch a dollar really, really far! She doesn't tell any of her kids how to spend their money, but her mantra has always been, "Live below your means". I doubt we would have had this economic meltdown if people would have followed my Mom's mantra.

4. My Mom is a praying Mom. As a child I would watch my Mom pray in church and I would wonder what caused her to be so devoted & really fully in prayer. My Mom would pray over my grades in college, before I opened them. (yes, it did help!) She has instructed me to pray about many situations in my life. I am sure there were many times that she prayed for me, that I wasn't aware of.  I know that she is still praying for me (and many others) because she tells me so.

3. My Mom is committed to learning new things. Some of her activities when I was younger, included fencing, macrame, and jewelry making with metals. Here are some things that she has accomplished in the past few years: beading & jewelry design, sudoku, sign language, line dancing, painting and Farmville on Facebook. She is one avid & successful virtual farmer!

2. My Mom isn't afraid of hard work. My Mom has mowed the grass, cleaned the house, tended to the garden & flower beds, lifted heavy things & tackled many difficult projects (painting walls & furniture, wallpapering) all while raising and caring for 4 children with my Dad. 

1. My Mom puts everyone else before herself. She always made sure that we had what we needed before herself, whether it was food, clothing or time. I don't ever recall her shopping for herself until I was in college. I don't think she ever had a manicure or pedicure until recently. However, she always looked pulled together, even if it was a crisp white blouse over her swimsuit (we lived at the pool!). She was stunning at my Dad's 50 year class reunion a few years ago. I know all of the women were envious!!

pic of my sis Lisa, Mom, me & my grandma, G.G.

pic of Mom & my nieces Lyndsey & Allie in Chicago

pic of Mom with Miss A, Mr. F. & Miss Boo

pic of Dad & Mom

Here are my Mom's 3 Must Do Fashion Tips

1. Smile, you are more approachable when you smile & it puts others at ease.

2. Wear some type of eye makeup. Everyone looks at your eyes, so make sure they look attractive.

3. Wear at least one piece of jewelry that is attractive. It can be a necklace, earrings, ring or bracelet. You can have a simple outfit & really look stunning with one piece of attractive jewelry!

Happy Mother's Day Mom! All my love,

{All floral photos taken by me. Please do not use without my permission. }


  1. Cathy this is an amazing post! I really enjoyed it...I can't believe the story of back to back diagnoses...they are truly soul mates and God has given them each other in this process....they are a beautiful couple. Your Mom sounds like an amazing Mom and wife. Happy Mothers day!

  2. Wonderful! Remember Mothers are always right! She is a wonderful mom! Happy Mother's day Sherry! Luv ya! ~K

  3. your parents are seriously looking much they, & you all have been through! you must feel blessed every day to have them...& they to have you...

    melissa x

  4. Wonderfully sweet and uplifting post. Thanks for sharing this story and your lovely mommy thoughts. Hope you had a great Mother's day!

  5. Wow. I am glad to hear your parents are both doing well right now. Sounds like your mom is a wonderful role model! And I must say I agree with all of her fashion advice! :)
    Happy Mother's Day to you!

  6. I just didn't know what kind of tribute I wanted to do for my mom, and this is a wonderful idea. I won't have managed to write it for Mother's day, but I don't think that will matter. My parents too have had a rough year, My Dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, and then a few months later had a massive heart attack and thankfully had it in a Cardiologist's office. This is the only reason he is here today. My mom had been ill with a mystery back problem and finally they found she had Tuberculosis in her back. She had been exposed as a teenager, and it will sometimes attack the spine. They are both doing fine now. Thank you for the idea. I will be working on something similar this week.

  7. Hi! I love your moms fashion tips! She is very pretty...and she sounds wonderful! Do your nieces play volleyball? They look tall. Of course, if you want to come on down to Carolina, I'll be happy to buy your lunch. Your comments were super sweet.
    Hope you had a nice Mother's day!
    :) Jen

  8. Your mom sounds amazing! And your parents look so happy and cute together! Happy Mother's Day to YOU!

  9. What a fabulous post. It made me misty and I don't even know you or your parents. I love the nod to prayer and her fashion tips are right on. It took my breath away to think your parents were diagnosed so close together. I lost my Dad last year and I worried so about my mom. When I read that sentence about your parents my first thought was for you. Your mom dies sound amazing and I'm sure this post meant the world to her. Kudos to all of you.
    Thank you for stopping by Becolorful and leaving such a sweet comment.

  10. opps. I should have proof read before posting. I meant to say your mom DOES sound amazing.

  11. Your mom is awesome!! And I love the new header!

  12. I had to comment on this. My mom has been battling cancer for years now and out of nowhere we just lost my dad to pancreatic cancer a few months ago. I am sorry your parents are going through this. I'm glad to hear they're both doing well though.

  13. I love your mom too! Thanks for sharing her with us, and hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

  14. cathy i wasnt sure why i missed this post but i must tell you it was very touching will call u this week to discuss,,xoxoxosuzanne


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