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four things my mom taught me

May 5th | family

I think I’m about 4 years old in that photo–holding our family friend, Nathan, who is now all grown up. Crazy! And I totally remember that nightgown I’m wearing.

I couldn’t wait to be a mom. I’ve wanted to be a mom since i was a toddler. And of course my own mother has influenced me so much! Here are four things that come to mind when I think of my mom:

1. There are more important things to do than clean house. My mom’s home is beautiful but she’d rather play than clean all the time.

2. Be generous. My mom is seriously the most generous person i know. Tell her you like something and she’ll immediately help you load it into your car.

3. Be silly. Telling stories, singing in the car, and laughing should be part of every day.

4. Never pass up a good deal. My mom loved thrift stores before thrift stores were cool. She’s got a great eye and can always spot a good deal.

Love you, Mom!!

Your turn! Share something your mom taught you.

32 Responses

  1. Vickie says:

    Oh Lisa, these are some of the things I hope my kids love about me, and will remember long after I’m gone. Mother’s Day wishes & hugs to you.

  2. jennifer larck says:

    My Mom was so loving and generous to everyone….she would drop everything for her kids. <3

  3. Laurie says:

    You had straight hair as a child?? Love your blog!!

  4. Kyra says:

    Thank you, Lisa. As a 62-year-old grandma, these are some of the things “I wish I had been” while raising our three sons and are near the top of the list of my “regrets” list.

  5. Lisa says:

    Where would I begin? I’d have to say the greatest life lessons my Mom taught me would be patience, how to clean, and the importance of forgiveness and not going to bed angry.

  6. Tamara says:

    my mom taught me {and continues to teach me!} the value of doing what you love as your work. she teaches english and has a huge fan club. students come back years later to visit with her…she receives cards in the mail daily from former students…she is just as inspired by her students and inspiring to her students, today, as she we was when she started teaching. she has a beautiful life and a big part of it is because she does what she loves..all day, every day. hmm….you’ve just given me a blog post idea lisa!! :) and that photo…too cute!

  7. Im going to break teh rules for this post and talk about your hair. HOW did you have pin straight hair as a little and now you have the most gorgeous curly hair too? Its not fair that you’ve had both!:)
    Happy Mothers Day you amazing lady!
    xo,
    Sarah

  8. Kristy says:

    My mom taught me to buy flowers. Isn’t that a fun thing? She would come home from work with fresh flowers, at least once a week. All through college, I would go down to the farmer’s market (in S.B.) and bring flowers back to my dorm room. It’s an important life lesson! :)
    P.S. Happy Mother’s Day, Lisa!

  9. kristen says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. Really. Your mom sounds like a huge blessing…just like you are to your sweet family.

  10. kristen says:

    I forgot to mention, that my mom taught me to pray. Every.Single.Morning I would see her on her knees bringing the new day before the Lord, asking his blessings on all of us.

  11. denise says:

    the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree lisa! your mom sounds wonderful.

    happy mother’s day.

  12. tiffany day says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Matty looks like you! I too ALWAYS wanted to be a momma and am thankful everyday for my 2 blessings!

    My mom not only taught me unconditional love, and how to love with words and action – she taught we to love the Lord and to worship Him. And let me not forget how to really clean a house!

    Happy Mother’s Day Lisa!!
    xoTiffany

  13. Mary says:

    Lisa you look exactly the same!

    My mom taught me to give people the benefit of the doubt.

    Happy Mother’s Day all you moms!

  14. Patty says:

    Loved this ! Moms are our first and best teachers. Mine taught me to never stop learning. She was thirsty for knowledge right up until the end. I miss her every day of the almost 20 years I’ve been without her. Hug all of your mamas tight on sunday – it’s a wonderful gift if you get to be together.

  15. Ashlyn says:

    Love this! I posted a similar hostess gift wrap on Monday…we are thinking alike!!
    Love your blog, and always enjoy stopping by.
    xo
    Ashlyn

  16. Katy says:

    My mom has taught me that you don’t need to have fancy trips and things to have a fun childhood. Making great memories can happen close to home with parents that are loving and fun! I hope to pass this on to my boys.

  17. melody says:

    how adorable are you?? I love what your mom taught you, because you sound just like her! :) My mom taught me that family is what it is all about…doesn’t matter where you go or what ya do, family is what is important!

  18. Charla Liedahl says:

    My Mom taught me to not worry about being single when, in my 20’s, I was desperate to be married and start having babies. She told me time and time again that my 30’s would be the best years of my life and she was SO RIGHT!

  19. Debbie says:

    I’ll always remember my Mom telling me while I was in high school & actively persuing holding a “title” in one group or another,” it’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice!”
    I’m almost 60 ~ yikes! It’s a lesson I’ve passed on to my children & now my darling Grandchildren, too!
    Happy Mother’s day sweet Lisa~ you are such a special Mom!
    Debbie :)

  20. Sarah says:

    mom taught me that home can be wherever you are currently laying your head. you don’t have to be surrounded by fancy things, sometimes all you need is a microwave and a hot pot, a mini fridge and a bed. and a planner/calendar really does make remembering things easier. if it’s not written down, it may not exist! =)

  21. Heather G. says:

    What a sweet post! My mom is amazing, and basically taught me (by example) how to be a good mom. I can only hope one day that my girls think half as highly of me as I do of my mom!

  22. sarita says:

    my mother taught me by example. My father was in the Army and gone a lot! She had to “man up” all of the time. I learned how to be strong by watching her be strong. She died two days before my 27 yr old son was born. She would have loved my sons and been a wonderful grandmother to them. I miss her every day.

  23. TankTop says:

    This is going to sound odd, but here goes. My mom walked out. She left us, and she never looked back. For many years this haunted me, and it still stings, but now that I am a mother I realize how much her leaving taught me.

    It taught me…
    It taught me to never to leave my children

    It taught me that tiny hearts can heal broken hearts

    It taught me to tell my children as much as possible they are loved

    It taught me that a mother really has the power to raise up or tear down their children…choose my words carefully

    There are many more lessons it taught me, but mostly it taught me that being there is the most important thing to be as a mother.

    Just be there.

    (I sound so evolved in this comment, but trust me, I hate Mother’s Day. I spend the entire day bouncing between trying to be strong and crying. One of these days I might get it right. LOL!)

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      wow, this is so beautiful in the face of intense pain and loss. thank you for sharing with us. xxoo

    • Dia says:

      Amazing what little ones can do, isn’t it? I lost my mom when I was young also, and hated mother’s day for the longest time, but now am learning to be thankful for the people who, in all manner of ways, stepped in to be a mom to me. blessings and continued healing of your broken heart to you!

  24. Sarah-Anne says:

    mock fighting in the bathroom while getting ready for church produces belly laughs for a long time. 😉

  25. SusanC says:

    “You can do anything you put your mind to” – oh how I miss my Mom – it’s been five (5) years since she went to Heaven.

  26. Claudine says:

    What a great tribute to your Mom!

    My mom taught me to sew and create and how to make every day moments special!

  27. Anne says:

    My mother taught us that everyone deserves respect.
    Do your best…even if it’s not perfect…if it’s the best you can do that’s enough.
    Laugh…it keeps you from going crazy! haha
    Celebrate life!
    One of her favorite expressions…when we would be compalining about someone or something that upset us… she would calmly say “Offer it up.”

  28. Robbin says:

    My mom was a very caring person. Her care included pets. Any stray on our street, found a place in our home, at least until it’s owner showed up. The only one we ended up keeping, had puppies. We figured that’s why she was a stray. She was a well-behaved, beautiful dog and no one claimed her. My mom didn’t drive, so didn’t go many places other than the neighbors. She was always home when I got home, obviously, and always had a snack ready for me. She joined my dad and me when we played our board games. She did have mental problems, but that never stopped her from being there for me. I miss her still, and treasure my memories of her.

  29. IndiviJewels says:

    its sooooo gorgeous, it looks fantastic when next to a family picture.

  30. Wynn H says:

    What wonderful gifts your mom gave you. My Dad was also my mom. Dad taught us to always have faith, hold our family dear and treat others as we would like to be treated. He was an amazing Mom.

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