Wishing a Very Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend, celebrating Mothers and Motherhood!

Being a Mother is more than having given birth to a child. It is also the loving and caring for a little life completely dependent. Sleepless hours.  Healing, treating wounds and comforting. Worrying.  Nurturing. Teaching, reading, and guiding. Watching falls and helping back up to fall again. Reassuring. Laughter, tears, heartache and joy.  Holidays, birthdays, celebrations. Cheering, building up, and supporting. Encouraging. Letting go.

Mothering — it’s all of that — and more. 

Looking back now, my own Mother has been and continues to be a great influence on my life all these years later, with her Irish, Native American and homespun pearls of wisdom and advice still guiding and informing my thoughts; influencing choices and decisions in my life, writing and creative work every day.

“A Mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.” — Cardinal Gaspard Mermillod

“It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his Mother more beautiful?” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Happy Mudders Day, Mommy!”

           “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.”                             ― Robert A. Heinlein

Abraham Lincoln may have expressed it best — “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.”

Or maybe it was Rudyard Kipling — “God could not be everywhere, and therefore, he made Mothers.”

Or perhaps, it was William Makepeace Thackeray, who said — “Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.”

Adding my own wishes . . . . . .

Surely I am not the first,

and hopefully (poetically) not the worst,

to say it now — truer than true —

Wishing a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend to you!

Wishing a beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend to all the Mothers! Where would we all be without you?  Be the reason your Mother smiles today!  —  Jim  (and Red!)

“A Mother understands what a child does not say.” — Jewish Proverb

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey

Old-fashioned, Family-friendly Stories and Fun for All Ages and Fitness Levels!
About an Uncommonly Special Bear and His Friends.

When hugging a child, always be the last to let go. You never know how long they need it.


Plant Only Love!

As we head outdoors into the gardens and flower beds with springtime now, let’s also carry this wonderful thought along from the 13th century poet Rumi, below.

In the garden of life, plant only love wherever you may go, and watch it blossom.  Wishing everyone a wonderful and Happy Mother’s Day weekend! — Jim (and Red!)

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Happy Mother’s Day! Exclusive Offer!

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

Testing a new tool designed for use as “Codeless Coupons” made available by eBay for my store, I thought what better test than to make the first offer available only for those who have followed and supported my work in the past. So as a special Mother’s Day event, I have created an initial limited time test offer in my eBay store exclusively for my followers.  Those who follow me on the Blog, Facebook and Twitter will be the only ones notified or eligible to participate.

In recognition of Mothers and all they do, the featured items are handmade, wire-wrapped Sea Glass and Stone pendants, each unique and One of a Kind. An opportunity for moms (or fellas) to pick up a little something special for themselves or a loved one at a good savings. I have set the minimum required purchase below the lowest price pendant so that all would be included, no exclusions and no multiple items purchase requirements.

The offer is for a 30% savings on a purchase of $15.00 or more, and as always—shipping is FREE within the U.S., with a gift box and cord or silver-toned necklace to display the pendant included. If you purchase more than one, the discount applies to all. Simple, straightforward.  But hurry, this initial test only goes thru Mother’s Day weekend, and ends Monday night.  After that, the special link will not work.

Because I am offering it only to my followers, the exclusive offer is only available by accessing this link to my store. Other shoppers do not see or benefit from this. If you want to share the link with a friend or family, that’s fine. It’s a way to thank you, however you wish to use it. Here is your link → http://ebay.us/8Ajj5P.

Either click the link here in the blog, or enter the link into your browser to access the promotion within my store, and the system will make sure the proper discount is applied for you. But again, you will only be able to receive the discount if you use this link. That’s what makes it exclusive.  It is only set up for you as a follower.

So—thanks for following along!  Hope you find something you like. If folks like this and the new Codeless Coupon and special link tools work as advertised, maybe we can do some more of these from time to time. — Jim

Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for my Mountain!

Happy Mother’s Day to all my Facebook, Twitter and new Blog followers and friends!

I saw a little clip on the news the other night, with small children making Mother’s Day cards for their moms.  They interviewed each and asked them to say something about their mother.  One little boy, around age 5 or so, after pausing to think for a moment responded with something along the lines of “Thank you for getting me breakfast.”  I literally laughed out loud.  But the little boy’s comment was also profound.  Because it really is quite that simple, isn’t it?

Mothers are there– day in, day out.  All hours.  They are never off the job.  When we think of mother’s, it’s usually not about one single “holy cow!” moment of great impact in our lives.  I’m sure we each have a few of those to recall, where our mother made a big difference at an important point in our life.  But to me, it’s the accumulation of countless and unrecognized small things– day in, day out– over the entirety of our lives that really make mothers special.

Doing the laundry. Helping with homework.  Bandaging scrapes and wounds.  Making sure we have clean clothes to wear and shoes that fit.  Comforting emotional hurts.  Making meals.  Shopping.  Cleaning house.  Entertaining our friends.  Supporting.  Nurturing.  Guiding.  Teaching.  Cheering us on.  Attending school events, games, teacher meetings.  Doctor’s appointments.  Caring for us when we are sick.  Picnics and field trips to the zoo and museums.  Caring.  Foregoing her “wants” for our “needs”.  And our “wants.”  Sacrificing and giving.  And more today than ever before, doing all while also holding down a job or two outside the home.  Over and over and over thru every day and every year.  Always being there to do the little things, carrying a pebble at a time to build the mountains of our lives.

The little boy got right to the point– “Thank you for getting me breakfast.”   Happy Mother’s Day!  — Jim (and Red!)