What Makes a Mom Pretty?

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“My Mom looks prettiest when she is smiling.”

Eby actually wrote “smileing”, but it’s definitely the thought that counts, not the spelling. Eby made an “All About My Mom” gift at school for Mother’s Day – such a great gift.

My friend’s daughter, who is in the same class, wrote that her mom looks prettiest when she “gives hugs.”

What does this say about how our children see us? Do they care if we have wrinkles, are at our ideal weight, are dressed fashionably, or have great hair? Apparently Eby isn’t concerned about the things that take up too much space in my thoughts. He wants me to smile – and maybe give more hugs.

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Eby also said, “My Mom is happiest when I help her when she is hurting.” That nearly makes me cry – I guess I’ve been hurting a lot these past months. It’s been hard for the kids to see me in so much physical pain, not to mention the sadness. Thankfully I’m getting much better.

My children gave me many sweet, thoughtful gifts, like this coaster from Little Man. He decorated the gift bag with the words, “You’re my flower.”

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There were also tender words from my girls; I’ll share more later if they give me permission.

So friends, let’s smile more, hug more, and like I wrote last fall, let’s be a little silly. Our kids will think we’re pretty and we’ll probably feel better too.

At the bottom of the page Ebenezer wrote, “The best word to describe my Mom is beautiful.”

How was your Mother’s Day? Take a moment to share with us.

Lisa

 

 

 

 

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

10 Comments

  1. Laurel
    May 13, 2015

    Precious! What a great reminder of what makes us beautiful to our kids!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 13, 2015

      It's good stuff.

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  2. Amy Gildenzoph
    May 13, 2015

    My daughter gave me a card that said:
    5 things I like about my mom:
    1. her eyes
    2. her face
    3. she loves me
    4. she brings me everywhere
    5. she plays with me

    it made me happy to see the things she values

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 13, 2015

      That's precious, Amy.

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  3. Alyce <3
    May 13, 2015

    When you mentioned that Eby said, “My Mom is happiest when I help her when she is hurting.” ….That definitely made ME cry just reading this… to hear/see where his heart is, Lisa! Wow! He loves you so very much! …and cares for you so very much! How special for him to express that to you! That must have made your Mother's Day VERY special! Happy belated Mother's Day to you.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 13, 2015

      It really was so tender, Alyce. He's got a sweet heart.

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  4. Marlene White
    May 15, 2015

    My daughter picked out a quote for me…"the warmth and kindness of your heart makes you more beautiful year after year."

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  5. Karen Inch
    May 16, 2015

    You share so much of your heart! I love all your posts, even the ones where I cried with you.

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  6. Angie
    May 21, 2015

    Love Eby! My 6 year old Hope gave me a Mothers day coupon good for…..1Big! Hog!
    I laughed and laughed. I'm assuming she meant "hug" Who knows her foster brother just got done with FFA and had a pig so I could be wrong lol

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  7. charity
    May 21, 2015

    I love that boy, and your reminder, that their priorities need to be our priorities…happy mother's day my friend. I also couldn't help but think this pertains to our spouses also…how many of them think we are wonderful when we simply smile at them and express love for them and spend time with them, but I think we are often absorbed in our thoughts with how we did our hair or whether we have stopped working out…I love the affirmations of what I am doing right when we have mother's day questionnaires .

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