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A Visit from My Mother June 17, 2013

My mother and my daughters :)

My mother and my daughters :)

Over the weekend we were able to spend some time with my mother. It was a really nice visit. She hadn’t been able to visit me since my birthday last year, so it was her first time meeting the baby and only her second time visiting since my husband’s arrest. Over the years, especially during the eight years that I was with my husband, my mother and I have had our difficulties, but I love her and appreciate what she has done for me. I know that her life hasn’t been easy.

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My girls were so excited to see her. They absolutely love my mother :) It was nice to see them so excited for family to be around. I wish I lived closer to people who truly loved my children and could assist me in raising them. I wholeheartedly believe it takes a village to raise a kid, and the better the people in that village the more likely my children will become well-rounded, healthy, productive, hardworking members of society. For now I’m focusing on being consistent in my parenting, understanding the goals of negative behavior and how to properly respond, and securing suitable childcare for when I start back working outside of the house. Baby steps.

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My mom stayed from Friday night to Monday morning. We didn’t really do too much, but that was fine by me. I had the most fun on Saturday when we went to the beach. Amara and Terra collected shells and buried one another in the sand while Mom and I figured out how to build the beach hut and set up the beach umbrella I’d purchased earlier that day. It was fun working together, even though the girls only spent several minutes in the shade after we’d assembled everything.

All of us girls at the beach (Terra, Me holding Nohra, my mother, and Amara)

All of us girls at the beach (Terra, Me holding Nohra, my mother, and Amara)

On Sunday, my mother took my big girls to the movie theater. It was their first time ever going to a movie theater and they saw Epic. They loved it! All in all we had a great time. I learned a lot more about how I can enhance my parenting, my mother spoiled me with gifts and time apart from my babies, and everything pretty much went as it should’ve. I’m happy that she was able to visit me!

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4 Responses to “A Visit from My Mother”

  1. Still Scared( but getting angry) Says:

    hungering for beach time!! Maybe in a few weeks!

  2. When I started reading this — and saw the picture of your mom with your children, I started to cry. — no. really cry — like I had to find a tissue . . . They were tears that came as a result of my remembering my mother with my children. I was very ill and ended up back in the town where my mom lived. We had our differences, but my mom ended up being a lifesaver for me and especially my daughters. My mother has now passed over. However, my children — today adults — often speak of grandma Washington fondly and know that we are all who we are — in part — because of who she was and what she did for us. I’m so happy that you and your wonderful children got to spend a happy time with your mom. PEACE-

    • Jet Says:

      Awwww! Our similarities are mounting ;)

      I’m sorry to hear that your mother has passed, but I am happy for the time your children got to spend with her. It saddens me that my daughters no longer have a relationship with my husband’s family, but…one step at a time with those relationships I suppose. I am grateful that my mother is constantly showing my daughters affection.

      Once, while trying to leave my husband, I stayed with my mother for two months, and I’ll never forget how much it meant for us to have a safe place to go. I’m not sure that I’ll ever live close to her again, but she’ll always mean a lot to our family <3


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