My MOTHER!!!!

Updated: May 2016

 My mom is amazing, seriously! You would not believe what this women has endured in her lifetime. First of all she had 9 kids, and that right there is extremely admirable. I always said I wanted to have lots of kids because I loved growing up with so many siblings. Now that I'm a mom of four, I CANNOT imagine how it's possible!!! My constant question for these women who've had a lot of children, is HOW IN THE HECK DID YOU DO IT?????????

First of all, can you imagine being pregnant for 81 months, that's almost 7 years of your life...........PREGNANT!!!! I'm sorry, I'm just not one of those women who appreciates every moment of pregnancy, I know I should, but I REALLY don't enjoy it. Now imagine how many diapers my mom changed, and having to potty train 9 two year olds. Ugh, I'm getting tired just thinking about it. I'm sure she was completely exhausted by the end of the day. Somehow ALL 9 of us are still alive and somehow, she was able to remain sane enough to endure each day showing us love and tending to our every need.

I think we all go through a period of time in our lives where we may not appreciate our mothers the way we should, most likely during the teenage years. But now that I have children of my own, I cannot be more grateful for ALL that she did for me. I don't remember the night time feedings, the diaper changing, potty training, meals she made, ALL the cleaning she must have done. But NOW I know what she did each day for me when I was young.

My mom is the kind of person that just LOVES everyone, and does not judge. She's the most forgiving, compassionate, humble, spiritual person I'vel ever met. She devotes much of her time helping others and serving in the church. She is also VERY green, she never wastes anything. One of my favorite quotes is, "fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without". This quote might as well have been my moms. She's the perfect example of someone who lives very meagerly, doesn't need nice things, and lives as natural as possible. She loves to garden, sew, and quilt, and she's VERY good at it.



Another thing that I LOVE about her, is that she's a GREAT listener. She will listen to you ramble on and on without interrupting, and completely engaged in what you're saying. She gives great advice, I'll always remember that about her. I've talked her ear off many times when ever I was having a bad day. She was always there to give me some words of encouragement. While I was on my mission, her letters were so uplifting and filled with inspiration. She always knew just what I needed to hear. Now that I'm writing this, it's making me realize I DON'T tell her enough, how much I love and appreciate her. I'm actually tearing up just thinking about how great she is.

Mom, I love you more than words. You are such an inspiration, and I'm so grateful for all you've done for me. You amaze me!!!!




46 comments:

Rene W. said...

What a beautiful testament to your mom Crystal! And a sweet dedication to mothers on your video - I love that I recognize many :) Happy Mother's Day!

Rachael Stapley said...

You did it again Crystal!!! LOVE it!! You always make me cry!! Lol Thanks so much for including me in your video. I love what you wrote about your mom too! I wish you a very Happy Mother's Day! You are such a wonderful example of what an amazing "balanced" mom can really do! Thank you for being a positive example in my life!! xo

Addison AND Crews Mama said...

Crystal this was so beautiful!!
Thank you so much for including us :)

Daisygirl said...

your tribute to your mom was amazing! I can just tell how much you love her by your words!

The video was super fabulous and made me tear up! Thank you for including me in your beautiful video! Happy Mother's Day!

Em and Brad said...

great job! Thanks for including us. It turned out great. Your mom sounds like a great woman...
have a happy mother's day!

Megan said...

9 KIDS! thats crazy!! I dont know how she did it! I have 2- and its more than enough.

Gorgeous tribute video. You did a fabulous job!

~Melody @ 6 Feet Over~ said...

Awwwwww your mom is amazing! I couldn't imagine being pregnant that long either!

The video is just wonderful...brings me tears!! Thank you for doing this!

I hope you have a truly blessed Mother's Day!!

~melody~

scrapwordsmom said...

Crystal...this was BEAUTIFUL!! Loved the song, President Hinckley and the moms!! Happy Mom's Day to you!!!

Leslie

Aging Mommy said...

Great post and tribute to your Mom - she must be so proud of you and you look so like her.

Have a wonderful weekend and an even lovelier Mothers Day

MsBabyPlan said...

Crystal, the post and the video are great. Thanks for sharing!

What. A. Great. Great. Tribute! I just love it and I wish I can repost the video on my blog. Happy Mothers' day to all of you WONDERFUL MOMS!

MsBabyPlan said...

Oh, whose songs is that, sounds like Cyndi Lopes.

Joel and Carrie said...

Great tribute. I love that song. Happy Mother's day to you Crystal!

Leslie said...

What a beautiful post!!!!!!!! she looks so young in that picture! I assume that was you she was holding :) I see you in her. She does sound amazing!!!!!!! WOW 9 kids is a lot!!!!! I don't know how I do it most days with 4 boys!! LOL :) Happy Mother's day! Hope I can get the video to play.

Mighty M said...

What a wonderful post and tribute for your mom!

Joby, Julie, and Cru said...

Loved this post!! Moms are the greatest! I too have definitely appreciated my mom more with each pregnancy. And I loved the video!! I'm going to post it on my blog. Thanks for the uplifting post!

Tez-Mi said...

SUPER CUTE!!!!!! LOVE THE SONG AND QUOTES

Crystal said...

I really loved this and loved the message!

Myda said...

What a beautiful video Crystal! I was already in tears reading your post before the video. Thank you for including me! I know you will have the wonderful Mother's Day that you deserve!

xoxo

Theta Mom said...

What an awesome post!!! Love it! And how is it possible I was not following you???

Just fixed that! :)

Alyssa said...

Wishing you a happy Mother's Day, also, and, of course, a happy Mother's Day to your beautiful mom.
That post was touching, loving, and sincere. Thanks. I'm glad I got the chance to read it!

Jamie Bohn said...

What a great mothers day vid, Crystal! I love your work, if I could only be so talented ;)

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

What a sweet video! Thanks for including us!

Monique said...

That was soooo cute My little girls keep asking to watch it over and over. Your mom is so cute I love her! Thanks for including us :) Happy Mother's Day :)

Monica said...

That was an awesome post. I loved it! I must not have gotten my picture to you in time. Darn it! Oh well, maybe next time. :)

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Sorry, looks like I beat you by just a few seconds on SITS this morning! LOL
Your mom sounds amazing, what a sweet tribute to her.

From Tracie said...

What a sweet tribute to your mom! I hope that she (and you) has a wonderful Mother's Day!

Here via SITS!

Cheryl D. said...

Hi! Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! Nice post on your Mom!

FranticMommy said...

Wow! Great dedication Crystal! Good job!

Alissa said...

SO beautiful! What a great dedication.

dianeswords.wordpress.com said...

What a beautiful commentary to your mother. My ex-mother-in-law had 7 kids and I asked her once (I have 4) how she did it, wasn't she tired all the time. and she told me she was EXHAUSTED. i suspect your mom had her share of fatigue. but she also had 9 wonderful blessings in her life. i notice that you're an LDS and I know that the focus on the family is central to the way you live your lives. if your mom is LDS too (I assume she might too because you grew up in Utah) i'm sure that religious grounding has been a cherished part of how you were raised and the way you are raising your family.
i'm glad i stopped by and was able to share in this touching post to your mom. drop by my blog sometime--i LOVE having "company".
dianeswords.wordrpess.com

yonca said...

What a great tribute to your mom. Your mom sounds a lot like my mom. She loves everyone and never judges anyone.
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

~dawn said...

Crystal-

Loved reading about your mom. What a wonderful and strong Lady to have in your corner.

You definitely take after her... well, except for the 9 kids, but then I can't imagine 9 and I have 6!

Hope your Mother's Day is spectacular!

Andrea said...

What a sweet post to your mom! She sounds a lot like my mom. There are 10 in my family! The photo of your mom when she was younger looks a lot like you!

Happy Mother's day1

tales from an oc cottage said...

How very sweet!

m ^..^

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Stopping from SITS! What an amazing lady. I am so glad I got to read about her.

Erin said...

Seven years pregnant?!?!? No thank you!!
Love the pic of you and your mom :)

Genevieve Le Bel said...

How absolutely beautiful. You've inspired me to do the same. TY.

Verena said...

Wow, your Mother is a strong woman. She had 9 pregnancies? How amazing!!! Beautiful video!

Have a wonderful Mothersday!!!

Hug´s, Verena

Stephanie said...

Awwwww!!! I love this!!! Happy Mothers day to you!!!

Maureen said...

What a beautiful loving words for your mom. She's beautiful and I can see where you got your beautiful smile from!

Happy Mother's Day to you and your mom!

I had left you an award on my blog :D

http://www.tatterscoops.com/2010/05/award-what-award/

carma said...

Fantastic video - is that your father narrating? You've got some beautiful friends and family -

and what an incredible mom - 9 kids - I can't even imagine!

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Joanna Jenkins said...

What a wonderful tribute to your beautiful mother. I hope she reads your blog as I think she would be very touched by this post.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you. I'll be back again soon to read more.

Hope your Mother's Day was wonderful.

Cheers,
jj

karen@fitnessjourney said...

She sounds like a beautiful person. I find myself stressed raising two children, how did she ever manage 9?!!!

Kristin said...

Bless your mama. One is kickin' my booty. HA!

Scha&Andi said...

your mom is a sweetheart. and i loved the video. you did a great job. you always do. i hope you had a wonderful mother's day. love you girl.

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