Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mom, Teacher

I am searching for heartfelt and inspirational stories about mother-daughter relationships, stories that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories from which daughters and moms might derive hope and guidance after reading them.

What did you learn from this unique parent-child relationship, how it has changed over the years, how you two dealt with conflict, etc? The stories can be about good or bad times, as long as the result is something others can learn from. There are no format or length requirements.

For more information about submitting your story, please visit my website,, and click the red corner on the home page, just beneath the “Projects” tab.

I’m also conducting recorded telephone interviews for those who prefer to tell rather than write their story. Just send me an email with your phone number and dates/times you are available. Interviews typically last 30-45 minutes.

If you’d like to submit a daughter-mom photo to display on this blog, please email it to

If this is your first visit to my blog, please read the Frequently Asked Questions posted on March 20, 2008.

The deadline for submitting your story or participating in an interview is August 1, 2008.

Now on to today’s post~

Today’s photo is of the sweet Johnson ladies, taken last year for my book “Thank You, Mom.”

This sweet tribute comes from Marissa Hulett:

“There is a woman in my life who taught me everything I know. She always told me “actions speak louder than words” and she has never been so right.

She showed me strength when my parents divorced and she somehow held it all together, at least in front of me. She showed me how to be kind with words by never speaking an ill word of my father, who she knew I loved and missed dearly. She showed me compassion when my best friend died in a car accident unexpectedly at such a young age. She showed me consideration when she asked me what I wanted to do when she met my step father and we decided to move. She showed me courage when my grandfather passed away and she had to take over the family business she knew very little about, just so she could make sure my grandmother, brother and I would always be taken care of. She showed me perseverance when she lost her job after selling the business by finding another job and doing whatever it took to stay afloat.

She showed me forgiveness by comforting me when I found out I was pregnant, before I was married. She showed me acceptance when I got married and she accepted my husband as one of her own. She showed me unconditional love when she held both of my sons after they were born. She showed me understanding when I told her my husband and I were going to move to another city for his job when she really did not want us to leave, but knew it was best for us. She shows me patience when I call her because I’m at my wits end with my children.

She shows me wisdom when I need to know what flower that was I just passed on the street because I want to include that in our landscaping project. She shows me faith when I tell her I feel worthless and she tells me she believes in me and I can do anything I set my mind to if I just follow my heart. She shows me how to love by loving all those around her without fail, even if she barely knows them or they are least deserving.

She has taught me so much in my life by being the person she is. She teaches me, even now, by the way she lives her life, not by what she tells me is right. She is remarkable, incredible, amazing, and truly unbelievable. She is my mother. She is the one from whom I learned everything I know.”

Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now go out and hug somebody!


Rhea said...

Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a comment. I'll definitely check out your other website and see what the requirements are for submissions.

Your daughters and wife are gorgeous! I love the black and white pictures on the side.

Nice to meet you. :o)

Rhea said...

Ok, I just had to add...I just read more of your sidebar info, and I was laughing out loud at the way your family described you and your list of 30 things about you. Hilarious stuff there, my man! Hilarious!!!