My mom, Ann, and my daughter, Claire.

"The Little Things"

"Mother - to watch over, nourish, and protect" as Webster puts it. My mom, Ann Pugh, does those things for me now, just as she did when I was a child. My story about my mom isn't an extraordinary one, but rather simple. I remember the little things she did for me growing up like making the perfect "side ponytail" (just like the high school cheerleaders wore) to making home-made banana nut bread for my teacher's Christmas gifts. She hosted plenty of slumber parties, worked as a hair dresser for many years to pay for gymnastic classes, and drove me and my friends all over creation, and back. She seemed to give me enough freedom to develop into my own person, while still directing my path. Growing up, my parents, still married today, had us (my two older sisters and I) in church every Sunday and dinners together around the dinner table most every night. She somehow managed to throw together the most amazing southern' cookin' meals from 'whatever she had in her kitchen'. I am lost in my kitchen without a box of Hamburger Helper, so not all "little things" are passed down from one generation to another! I remember the washing machine running as I fell asleep at night and then magically the neatly ironed clothes hanging on my door frame when I got home from school. The older I get, the more I realize how blessed I am to be her daughter. Now that I am a mom of 3, I know first-hand the challenges of raising children, and all that goes into the job emotionally, financially and spiritually. The way she STILL tries to watch over, nourish and protect my family shows love beyond measure. She was there when my first child was born and she is the first person I go to when I have something to celebrate or need help with. My mom is deserving of so much, because she has always (without fail) given so much of herself to her family without asking for anything in return. I hope that my children one day will remember the "little things" I did with them, rather it be making forts or making hot fudge sundaes, and think that I am as wonderful as I think my mom is.

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Kris says ... on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 PM

I couldn't have said it better. God knew what He was doing when we were born to Mom & Dad. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story of Mom.

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Ashley A says ... on Thursday, Apr 29 at 8:26 AM

What a wonderful mother you have been blessed with and what a wonderful mother YOU have become! Your children will grow up cherishing the time they have with you and love you for it just as you have your mother.

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