11 Things I Learned From My Mom – Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

So much of what we do or who we are in life comes from our Mom. I was reading an article earlier this week that was talking about how people say that children are so resilient and can overcome tragic events early in life. The article rejected this notion by pointing out that our childhood is the most formative time in our life and the good or the bad that happens to us during our childhood shapes who we are as adults.  Not only does our childhood shape who we are, but just as importantly it shapes our values.  I thank my mom for all the good she brought to my life as a child.

When we look at our values they  form two things in us: 1)who we are and 2)who we strive to be.

I don’t claim to be a perfect adult. As a matter of fact I often think, gosh, what could I do to be a better person, mom, wife?  However, I do think I do pretty darn well.  I am happy and content and my kids seem happy, too.  We all have our days, but in general I thank my mom (and dad and God) every day for the life I have been given and the values that she instilled in me as a child and even now as an adult and a mom.

So in honor of Mother’s Day I wanted to share 11 things (values) that I have learned in life from my mom.  Some things I think I do pretty well with and others I work on every day.   My mom isn’t perfect either, although she was the perfect mom to my brothers and me.  So here they are in no particular order……

  1. It never helps to yell and definitely don’t swear (the yelling part is hard as a mom sometimes:-))
  2. Plant a garden and take good care of it (both veggies and flowers)
  3. Always have dinner with your family (even when you are incredibly busy – find the time)
  4. Go to church every Sunday and be a good Christian (working on this one, but definitely getting there)
  5. Work hard (both at home and at work)
  6. Always put a square meal on the table (protein, vegetable and a starch)
  7. Almost always cook from scratch (but it’s ok to buy something pre-made every once in a while , too.)
  8. Volunteer (I do better at this at certain times than others)
  9. Keep your kids busy and well-rounded (not just sports, but music, drama and church activities, too)
  10. Family comes first (but take time for yourself, too)
  11. Be thrifty (even if you have money to spend)

I hope my daughters have this same list one day, too……………..


Here is the link to a collection of  my mom’s recipes on BWL.  Her strawberry pie is one of my most popular posts right now.  My all-times favorite is still her Zucchini Bread.

I love you mom and thank you for all that you have given me in life.  You are the best!


  1. Fun to read this post and see Aunt Bev. Look forward to trying the pie and bread! Happy Mother’s Day to you and your Mom!

  2. beth.pollock says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, too! There is no greater gift than to have a wonderful mom.

  3. Words Of Deliciousness says:

    I hope you had a great Mother’s Day! I enjoyed reading your list.

  4. What a sweet tribute to your Mom Becki! That pie looks incredibly good!

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