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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Introducing….Iris! Weed or flower…You be the judge.

Once a year the world stops to remember the one person responsible for bringing us all into this world. Our MOM’S.
Once a year we stop to thank her for the hard work, the laundry, the cookies, the clean house, the meals…and for pretty much everything else that happens around the house.
Once a year we take a day to remember who it is that taught us a lot of what we know…and showed us limitless unconditional love.
I would like to introduce to you my mother. I wish I had a decent photo of my her to share with you today…but sadly she is as insufferable as my dad and always has to make some sort of face at the camera…so here’s the best I could come up with.
Hahaha!!! I bet my Dad is rolling on the floor right now…hahaha!
Anyways…this is my mom. Her name is IRIS! She is one determined little lady. She stands no more than 5 feet in height, but LOOK OUT when she sets her mind to something…(or gets mad) She has (with lots of help from my dad) grown a small shoe store into a thriving business well known for many miles around.
She upholsters, sews, decorates and manages my dad so gracefully that she makes it look easy! (and lets say Dad…is not easy) haha…(and yes…I get my silliness from him)
There are those that say I look a lot like my mother and behave very much like my Dad…I suppose that this might be a little true…My mom…well.. She’s a lady. She likes high heels and lipstick. She wears purses and shoes to match. (I like jeans, sneakers, and I carry a tool set in my purse) I am not sure…but it might be that the last dress that I wore was at my wedding…(and look at the awful bad luck that gave me! haha)
My mom is a very creative person. She can wallpaper and decorate with ease. She can take an ugly piece of furniture, and in a few short hours it is a fantastic showpiece. She is as stubborn as they come, and is a strong and successful business woman, and talented pianist.
I thought I’d share some examples of her talent and creativity with you guys today.
My Dad went junkin one day, and found this setee…It was slated for the garbage! It is gorgeous now. (and is soon to be mine)
Look how pretty her living room is! Everything in there was sewn or upholstered by my mom!006
This piano is where my sister and I used to sit to take our lessons. It is a family heirloom…is over 100 years old and one day I will polish it with as much love as she does.
This beautiful child is me! Yep! I am wearing a dress that my mom made for me…and I suppose I do look a little like her…(this photo was included to prove that she is talented enough to create a masterpiece!) haha
My Mom has taught me a lot in my life. I have inherited many of the qualities that she posesses…and I am glad that I did. Thank you Mom for the years of patience…impatience and for all that you did and have given to me over the years.
“Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations
Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom”
Happy Mothers Day to you Mom I suppose that in answer to the question in the title…we’d have to say you are not a weed…but a beautiful (yet short) flower. Love you Grammie B!
…and to all the other Moms out there Happy Mothers Day!
`*.¸.*´Tootsie ¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.


Tootsie said...

hi. I just wanted to say that if no one hears from me for a few weeks...please know it is because of the posting of the photos today on this post...Grammie may have removed my fingers for this...haha
the following is a brief message from my children to Grammie for Mothers Day

Hi Grammy?
Happy Mothers day grammy.
I hope you have fun or something like that.
Anyway I wi$h you a happy mothers day. We all love you nad grampy and happy mothers day.
Love Jordan.

Hi grammy
we love it when you let us come down to the store to help out and come down to your house and have sleep overs and so we want to wish you a happy mothers day.
We like it when you come down to visit us and when you let us come to your house and let us try on shoes and help you sell shoes in the store. We like it when you let my mom buy us shoes and when you give us shoes because you love us for free.
Love The "Duch" Busy and Georgie


Sandra said...

Oh Tootsie, I enjoyed all of your photos so much. What a pretty lady your mama is. I see so much love in all of the photos. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

deb said...

An absolutely beautiful and touching post!
Happy Mother's Day to you Tootise!

Mary | Deep South Dish said...

What a great tribute!!

Happy Mother's Day to you and mom!

Sonia said...


Such a great post... I enjoyed all the vintage photos..I love old pics there are so funny..the hair, clothes and glasses are a hoot! Your mom is beautiful as are you! Hope you both have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Miss Bloomers

Anonymous said...

Thankyou LITTLE TOOTSIE!!!! Where on earth did you FIND those photos! I scared myself when I saw those school photos, all I could say was OMG! That hair. Oh Well, my comfort is that you look JUST LIKE ME! Minus the grade 9 hairdo. Thankyou for being so sweet, and I LOVE YOU TREMENDOUSLY, always have and always will. I admire you for all the great talents you have, and the strenth you show, even through a tough and very hard time, you love your kids with your whole heart, and life. You are a very good mom, should every kid be so lucky, as yours for your dedication, especially through tribulations. I hope we have a blast being together for mothers day tomorrow, with the kids. I can hardly wait. Happy Mothers day to all the other mothers out there in blog land. GRAMIE B

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Wonderful post Tootsie! Happy Mothers Days to you also.


Terra said...

I enjoyed meeting your pretty and creative mom here. I am a bit jealous of her gorgeous hair and yours too!

marilyn said...

A delightful post, it seems you get your good looks, talent and all that energy from your mom.

La Petite Gallery said...

Happy Mother's Day Tootise, Your Mom is adorable.. What Tribute
to give her.. Sending a Big wish for a great day./.


Blondie's Journal said...

A perfect and touching tribute to your mother. I enjoyed the pictures, too. The poem made me want to laugh and cry. Thanks, Tootsie and Happy Mother's Day to you!


onlymehere said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mom! You know I see that picture of you and I see Busy! You probably get told that all the time though. I can't believe you get that gorgeous settee soon, lucky girl, not only bz it's beautiful but bz it has your mother's talent and love in it also. I hope you have a great Mother's Day too bz you're certainly one of a kind and a very good mom (you'd never catch me driving those icy roads to hockey games, lol!). :)

Autumn Belle said...

Tootsie, that was a beautiful tribute to your mom. You do look like her. I am so happy for both of you. Happy Mother's Day to you both!

Julie said...

Happy Mothers Day to you Tootsie! Your Mom sure is pretty! It is amazing how her genes have gone down to "Busy" too...they nearly look like twins at the same age! All 3 of you!!!

Maureen said...

What a sweet tribute to your mom. Wishing you and your mom a very HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

9405018--Pat said...

WOW! what a beautiful post today....Your mom is one lucky lady...Have a wonderful Mother's Day..Pat H

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, sweet Tootsie! :) I loved the pictures...just adorable! You have a lovely mother...and yes, you two do resemble one another!
Love and hugs,

Anonymous said...

What an amazing post dear Toots. I enjoyed it so much. The pictures are great and no wonder you are so talented. You do look like her. Happy Mother's Day to both of you and all your readers. Blessings

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

What a wonderful story of a talented lady!! Enjoy Mother's Day!

CiNdEe's GaRdEn said...

What a great post for your mom(-: I am sure she will love it(-:
What a talented woman! I see where you get all that talent!!! That is amazing! It is always good to have a sense of humor. Thats what gets us through the tough spots in the road(-:

Have a fantastic day and get lots of

Susie's country cottage said...

Fantastic tribute to your mum. I love the 'retro' photos! I hope you had a great mother's day.
Susie X

Justine said...

Holy shit, Glenda!!!! Your mom looks so young and she's gorgeous. You look a LOT like her, but what's really amazing is that you as a kid look EXACTLY like Busy, but with bigger eyes. Holy cow!!!!

This was such a cool post!

Justine :o )

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl the apple didn't fall far from the tree here ha ha!! You and your mama and Busy all look the same girl...Great post for your real ya my sweet girl...Hope you had a great Mom's day...mine was wonderful as I got to see my Dawna brat...she always makes me laugh and smile with the dumb things she says and does...Love ya, Toots Gloria

The JR said...

Well you get your creativity honestly then!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

This was one of the best Mothers Day posts I read. I didn't get one done. I love all your photos and the nice words about your mom. It sounds like you had a happy Mother's Day.

We're having my family over tomorrow for supper. Both of my kids work on Mother's Day. Our daughter arranges flowers and our son manages a pizza place.

La Petite Gallery said...

Tootise, Your Mom is darling.
You look like her Daughter and talented too.You made a very sweet and touching post.