In celebration of Mother’s day, I thought I’d share some of my Motherhood Moments…starting with my own mama!

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Here I am, on my mama’s hip…she used that hip a lot with four kids! Don’t you just love her sundress and box purse…so adorably vintage!

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My mom always dolled herself up… at home and out on the town.  She always looked good…always smelled good! She wouldn’t think of leaving the house looking disheveled! A hairdo, lipstick and perfume is a daily must for her! Here she is sporting a hair style called “The Italian Curl”.  So very chic!  She makes the best Mostacciolis and meatballs and sauce in the entire Universe! (Happy Mother’s Day mom, I love you!)

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Here I am at seven years old…picture day at school….with an exact replica of my mom’s  big lady “Italian Curl” hairdo!!!…Hilarious!  (thanks mom! LOL)

Then I became a mama! (after three years of trying to get pregnant, coupled with lots of prayer and trusting God’s Word)

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A baby boy! Dusty (my wonderful son and Web Site designer!)  So creative, kind, loving, strong, handsome, intelligent, honorable, compassionate, filled with perseverance and courage and loves the Lord! That’s my boy!

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Baby #2 it’s a girl! Sugar and red-headed Spicy, Ashley Ann! Very artistic,  fun-loving, a go-getter, courageous, compassionate, honorable,  gorgeous, adventurous, spunky, wise,  happy-go-lucky and loves Jesus! That’s my girl!

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Baby #3 Another boy! Baby J.J. (Jason James!) Adorable, such a hoot, hard working,  compassionate, strong and brave, tenderhearted, honorable, hilarious, committed, fun-loving and loves the Lord! That’s my boy!

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Mama said there’d be day’s like this…

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When the house seems too quiet with three rambunctious kiddos, something is up!  From the left to right…Dusty (creator of this web site) J.J. (College student- Business Major) and Ashley( Hair Stylist). They were quietly expressing their creativity on their faces with markers! Nice! Ashley really had fun! It took a few days for the “artwork” to wear off!

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Miss Summer Rose found mama’s lotion! Oh Honey! She was so proud of herself….slathered in  moisturiser with jammies on,  wearing her fancy sparkly shoes that went click-clack on the tile floor.

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On another day, little Summer had a hankerin’ for pie! A whole pie at that!

My kids did not get scolded and brought to shame in these situations. They were not being disobedient (disobedience would require discipline). I had never told them they should not write on their face with semi-permanent markers, or use too much lotion and slather it in your hair and all over  your face, or eat a whole pie with your hands on the sofa. Being so young of age, these were innocent childish behaviors that became teachable moments. We did talk about the proper use of markers (on paper) and that a little dab of lotion is all we really need, and then of course,  a lesson on the “art of eating pie”…one slice, on a plate, with a fork, at the table, with mama’s permission. I do have to say these are some of my favorite images of my “motherhood moments”! (I have many more that I cherish and giggle at just as much!)

“Do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”
-Colossians 3:21

“Train up a child  in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

More sweet Motherhood Moments….

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Raising Teens and new baby girl! (Miss Summer Rose!) So joyful, creative,  fun-loving, tenderhearted, helpful, responsible, kind, talented, affectionate, sparkly and loves Jesus! That’s my girl!

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Prom night for Dusty! Summer thinks she’s going!

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Ashley gabbing on the phone in her room (pre-cell phone days!)

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Ashley’s prom night!

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Lot’s of football games! Dusty was #10

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A few years later J.J. played football and got to have Dusty’s #10 High School jersey!

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J.J’s Prom night!

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Bridal showers and weddings brought more tenderhearted Motherhood Moments…

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I became a mama to two more wonderful kids! Glen (Ashley’s husband) and Kimmy (Dusty’s wife).

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I am thankful to my husband Gary for being such a wonderul daddy to our children! It was his fun-loving, Christ centered, loveable influence that has kept our family strong, safe and filled with  lots of laughter! I love you!

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My nest is a little emptier, but my heart is full! I am so thankful I have Summer Rose at home for a few more years!!

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Sisters!

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I am one happy mama!

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Thank you Lord for the privilege of being the mama to my four fabulous kids!

These are just a few images from 27 years of being a mama (I hope you didn’t mind my trip down memory lane!). Trust me when I say that I’ve been there, done that, got the T-shirt, when it comes to raising kids! Together we have made lots of fun memories…family vacations to Catalina Island, Lake Tahoe, Idylwild, Palm Springs, St. Louis…we’ve enjoyed our yearly traditions of watching fireworks on the 4th of July…going to the pumpkin patch in the fall and sipping hot apple cider and eating pumpkin pie when we get home, feasting on yummy thanksgiving dinners with Aunts, Uncles, cousins and Grandparents…getting gleeful as  Christmas approached…picking out the perfect (or not so perfect) tree, decorating, watching Christmas movies, enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of that wonderful time of year…and of course everyday life…eating dinner around the table…praying for each other…going to church…teaching them to do their own laundry…catching fireflies on the front lawn….we’ve  endured trips to the emergency room…..cheered at baseball, football, and soccer games…survived high school pool parties…prom nights….cried tears of joy at their weddings and cried more when they left the nest. Through it all I know  I have made a lot of mistakes as a mother (a lot!), but thank goodness for the grace of God and his mercy, my kids are on the right path and have become such amazing adults (Summer Rose is on her way, no doubt!). That’s one of the billion wonderful things about the Lord, He can make miracles out of our messes! I am thankful for my four fabulous miracles.

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One of the things that has really helped me as a mom is reading great books on homemaking. Every homemaker needs to get inspired from time to time. We want to be the best mom we can be without trying to be perfect, because that is exhausting. I have found a few books that have really helped me on my adventures in homemaking and Queen of the Castle is one of them! It’s full of tips, advice, recipes and all kinds of memory making ideas to get all of us motivated to be a blessing to our families! This is one book I highly recommend! Check out my Blue Ribbon Review on this great book!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Sugar Pie Mamas!

Hugs y’all!

Ruthann (Aunt Ruthie)

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward.”
Psalm 127:3

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