On this special day we celebrate two women who have played a great role in shaping us into the people we've become today. Through their tears, prayers, sweat and toil these women have sacrificed a lot to give their kids the very best.
Allow me to introduce you to the Moms I love.
Geraldine Jaeger (but you should probably call her Geri)- Raised two boys that were 15 months apart!
- Played Michael Jackson and let them run out their energy in the basement.
- Been known to laugh and play games while on family vacation.
- Dealt with a toddler who "gave up naps" at an early age.
- Left a promising career to be home with her boys.
- Endured the "middle years" filled with all the awkwardness that only two middle school boys can muster.
- Taught her boys the joys of cooking with Yummers and Octopus Juice.
- Received the classic stuffed animal inside of the balloon for every gift-giving holiday and did so with joy and feigned excitement.
Barbara "the Craft Monster" Lakin (okay, I added "the craft monster" but I thought it was a nice touch)
- Likes to take photos with her eyes closed.
- Has the most patience of anyone I know.
- Dealt with some fierce hormonal years known as middle school-and lived to tell about it.
- Just about the most sacrificial person in the world, second to maybe Gandhi and Jesus.
- Introduced me to the world of soap operas and picnic dinners at a young age. (We no longer dabble in the world of daytime drama but enjoyed a few years of Days together thanks to a week of being home sick with pneumonia in third grade.)
- Can make something pretty fierce on the sewing machine (with or without a pattern).
- Hands down, one of the world's best Sudoku players
- Willing to visit 20 stores and spend three entire weekends in order to return to the first place we looked so that I found the perfect school dance dress.
- Can pack a stocking or an Easter basket with the most perfect and personalized gifts.
- Juggled Momhood and full-time work with so much grace and poise; in fact, my mom is the one behind my desire to be a working mom.
There's not enough flowers in the world to tell these women just what they mean to us! Happy Mother's Day. You da best.