Oops, excuse me, I must have had a typo in the title, I meant to say: What It’s Like to Have a CRAZY GOOD Mom. 🙂  Forgive me, I’m in marketing, I have to write headlines to attract attention, so now that you’re here, you might as well read on, right?  I am laughing to myself because I’m from a small town and I live in a small town, so the people who know my mom were probably confused by the blog title. As far as they have always known, Sandy Frey is a really GREAT person. Well, I have some news for you! She most definitely is! Plus, I like that I have likely scared my mom a little with the post title. Since she is a CRAZY GOOD mom, she reads all of my content and is probably one of my biggest fans. She also is the source of my weird & clever sense of humor. 🙂 Sorry that I startled all of you, but please read on, I actually do get to some good stuff.

Some people say that they don’t want to turn out like their mother, but honestly, I hope I do. Oftentimes, we find fault in the characteristics from our parents that can be criticized and ridiculed (I’ve done it too), but if we decide to change our perspective to celebrating and honoring them, it can give us some unique insight. When I think about my mom, sure, she has her quirks, but overall, she is truly one amazing woman. There was a reason that God gave me this CRAZY GOOD mom to help me grow in this life. Admittedly, there have been times when I haven’t given her the full credit she deserves for the tireless work & worry it takes to be a mom. Even when I’ve been at my worst, my mom has continued to love me, listen to and support me, like only a mom can do. As I grow older, I also recognize that my mom won’t always be a phone call or a short drive away, so it’s likely in my best interest to do my best loving, listening & supporting her as much as I possibly can.

Here are some of the reasons I am celebrating my CRAZY GOOD mom:

  • She’s a friend to those who need it most.
  • She’s honest, open & kind.
  • She’s a helper to many.
  • She’s funny.
  • She’s great with people.
  • She’s entrepreneurial minded.
  • She’s intuitive.
  • She’s an organizer, a planner & a hard worker.
  • She loves her Facebook & CNN. 🙂
  • She’s naturally beautiful (even though she doesn’t think so).
  • She’s gentle when she needs to be and nudges when it’s necessary.
  • She’s a talented writer.
  • She is an incredibly creative & talented artist – always learning a new craft.
  • She’s a lifelong learner, tech savvy and never afraid to trial & error until she figures something out.
  • She is one of the best cooks around. You can be sure to never go hungry at her house.
  • She is a gardener & tends to the earth. She has one of the most tranquil and beautiful flower gardens I’ve ever been in.
  • She has a vision for re-purposing “junk” and making it look super cool (especially in her garden).
  • She can work & talk at the same time (this one makes me laugh because she always told me growing up we needed to have that skill. It drove her nuts people who couldn’t keep working with their hands and carry on a conversation at the same time, so I had to throw it in the list).

I adore how she is so creative and comes up with fun, unique projects & ideas. Each year, my sisters, sister-in-law, mom & dad do a Pinterest weekend at their farm where we work on craft projects together. Dad serves as our handy man for any “heavy duty” projects that might have to be done in the shop. Mom joins in on some projects, but is often busy in the kitchen, spoiling us with delicious food to keep us going. She knows we don’t get that time often with our busy family lives and she enjoys all of us being together. It’s awesome to have her guidance (and access to her abundant craft supplies) as we figure out our DIY projects. Her creativity & love of a good DIY project is something that is instilled in each one of us kids. 

I also love that she is one that will work until she figures something out. I remember this with getting a computer in our home before a lot of people had one. She had the foresight that computers were the way of the future and she didn’t want us to be scared of them. Many times, she was the one teaching me about how to use programs, tools, etc on the computer…all things she figured out on her own. She even built websites through self-teaching (before website builders like wix.com and wordpress.com were developed). I appreciate her diligence to sticking things out and pushing herself to be a lifelong learner. [As a side note, this is all before & during the advent of the internet, so she really was a bit of a Pioneer figuring things out on her own.]

I love that she has an entrepreneurial spirit. Growing up, she had a few home-based business ventures and, oftentimes, we were her employees. 🙂 I can remember her teaching me how to count back change at craft shows and ensuring I always greeted people as they came to our booth. When she had a soap business, she found unique ways to package her product so that when the order went out, the customer would feel extra special when they received it. She also designed and produced many of her own marketing materials and would pay attention to the smallest of details to make sure it was just right. I think about how these relate to how I enjoy marketing, understand customer service and recognize that going the extra mile in business is what can take you from good to great.

When I think about why I turned out the way I did, I know much of that can be attributed to my mom. As I’ve become a mom myself, I also realize a mom’s job is not for the faint of heart, yet it’s such an incredible role in the support of raising these incredible little humans. Don’t get me wrong, dads do a lot too (I know this because I was fortunate enough to have an amazing dad. Plus, I’m married to a man that’s also an amazing dad to our crew – I don’t know what I would do without either one of them in my life), but today’s post is about my mom, so let’s get back to that.

God knew I needed an incredible woman to raise me so that I could realize and grow into my full, God-given potential. So, my CRAZY GOOD mom, this one’s for you:

  • Thank you for teaching me to be kind to every one I meet. 
  • Thank you for instilling in me a desire to be real & honest in all aspects of my life.
  • Thank you for teaching me it’s okay to be a “feeler” of my feelings & to follow my intuition in life.
  • Thank you for giving me the experiences of working with you on projects & business ventures growing up, those led to so many things I know about business today.
  • Thank you for sparking my creativity & a passion for learning through trial & error (and sometimes lots of error).
  • Thank you for answering all of my questions when it comes to cooking, baking, raising kids and life.
  • Thank you for listening to me when I need someone to talk to – and comforting me when I need to vent or cry (yep, even as an adult…especially as an adult).
  • Thank you for watching my kids when I ask and doing projects with them when they’re at the farm.
  • Thank you for being so gentle, kind & funny.
  • Thank you for being uniquely you. I love you and am so glad God put you in my life to teach me, guide me and love me. I hope you know how much you are truly loved & appreciated by all of us kids, even though we sometimes give you a hard time.

And if you’re still reading this (and you’re not my mom), my challenge to you is this: Reflect on your own amazing qualities that exist in you because of your parents. Stop criticizing them for any faults, just know they were doing the best they could. I encourage you to take a different perspective: celebrate & honor the GREAT characteristics in your parents because that’s what made the beautiful parts in YOU!

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