Blast from the Past: Be the Mom

I’m starting up a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  Kalissa and I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts.

For those of you who don’t know.  Kalissa is our youngest of five kids.  She was the last to leave the nest.  She’s a mom on her own now with two kids.  WOW.  We don’t live at the old farm house anymore.  What a difference 10 years make.

Here’s today’s Blast from the Past.  This post was dated August 5th, 2009.

It is no secret, I am a baker and I love doing it.  Yesterday I was frantically trying to hurry and make a couple pies in an effort to satisfy my husband’s sweet tooth when Kalissa decided to suddenly get curious on about making pie crust.

Inside I was screaming, “No, go away.  I need to hurry and finish this so I can get that paper written, the garden weeded, the beans picked, the clothes hung on the line, the kitchen cleaned, the website updated….”.  But then I remembered, my most important job is to “be the mom”.  So I said, “Why don’t you roll this crust?”


I didn’t regret it one bit.  Can you tell which pie is hers and which pie is mine?


Thanks for letting me “be the mom” Kalissa…sorry I am not as patient as I really should be. 

In this rushed world…We all need to be reminded to take time to “be the mom”.

Isn’t it crazy.  I still feel rushed.  There are always so many things to do.  Since losing Kramer it doesn’t happen quite as often.  I’ve learned that time is precious.  I do find myself in the middle of busy childcare days telling myself that the clock isn’t nearly as important as the kids.  I fight the diapers needing to be changed, lunch needs to be made but kiddos need me to play with them or read to them.  Their favorite is when I become tickle monster and chase them around…it’s funny, after I give up on the “get everything done mentality” and turn into the tickle monster, even I feel better.

As I write this…I’m giving up on the “get everything done mentality” and putting my feet up for some cross stitch time.  I’m guessing I’ll feel better at bedtime is I do….so “be the mom”…”be the grandma”…”be a friend for yourself”.  The couple things you didn’t get done today will be there tomorrow.  The mom time, the grandma time, the me time…none of them can be replaced.

6 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: Be the Mom”

  1. Lori Sparks Douglas

    Love that you are doing this for yourself! Be present in the moment is a great way to live a life! When we were younger it was accomplishments, tasks done, etc. Now I have to stop and” smell the flowers of relationships. ” Glad you are taking care of you, my friend!

  2. Yea you! Living in the moment and making it precious. “Be the Mom”. A wonderful lesson and reminder to us all-even if I’m not a Mom :-)

    Love and hugs to you Jo :-)

  3. Mary Ann Mettler

    How very very true – Sending love your way! I sure am enjoying my children and grandchildren when they visit!

  4. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Meh, the to-do list will always be there. It is so much more important to play with those kids, read to them, cuddle them when you can…those are the best kind of memories you can make for them. They will always remember their tickle-monster caregiver who made them scream with laughter. Who actively spent time with them!! Best. Gift. Ever. Taking off with your kids for a road trip on the spur of the moment is a deposit into their (and your) memory bank, to be taken out at multiple future dates and savored. That’s what life is all about. Enjoy it!!

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