Everything I’ve ever needed to know I’ve learned from my Mother…

Everyone is good at something. Find what you’re good at and allow yourself to flourish. 

Birthdays don’t need to be limited to one day. 

When singing, don’t be afraid to find the harmony. 

There are mean people in this world, and you don’t have to be friends with them. 

Mints are a wonderful tool to use when watching your children’s sports, so you don’t yell…too much.

Popcorn is a comfort food.

It’s never too late to change and grow. 

You can’t spoil a newborn. 

Use creativity in every part of your life.

We should all have one look that can say a million insults, without speaking a word. 

Treat children to know their value, and To never doubt it. 

Trust your spidey sense, if a situation feels wrong it usually is. 

Don’t ever just sit and watch, always ask “What can I do?” 

Show up. 

Almost everything can be solved with a brisk nighttime walk and prayer. 

You are never too old to dress up. 

Honor your Mother and Father.

Forgive your Mother and Father.

Remember the stories of your life, and tell them to your children and grandchildren. 

Play an instrument. 

Wear your retainer! 

Grades are never an indication of success- your integrity and heart is.

When you drink coffee, take your time. 

Always take quiet time.

Laughter is the best medicine. 

Give memories, not presents. Give presence over anything else.

Crying is a good for the soul. 

Let your children mess up. It hurts you more than it hurts them.

The smell of chocolate chip cookies* will sell your house. But you will always burn the first batch.

Kids should be encouraged to feel joy, and reflect on the tough stuff- all feelings count. 

The Rosary is a beautiful gift to pass on, and teaching our children to pray for others is one of the best gifts we can give them. 

Gratitude is never overrated. 

It’s okay to be mad at God, He can handle it. 

Helping someone with their laundry,or cleaning their bathroom or kitchen, is one of the best things you can do for them. 

Serve the poor, serve the poor, serve the poor. 

Live your Faith. 

Forgive yourself.  

Make sure you have a unique clap so that your kids and grandkids can imitate it for years to come. 

If you cry when you are upset or angry,  it doesn’t make you weak, it means you are passionate enough to feel it in every part of your body. 

When your daughter says “Let’s get pedicures!” On Mothers Day, and takes you instead to get your noses pierced – Do it. 

Never turn down red hots. 

Always write a letter to “the powers that be” when you’re pissed off, even if you don’t plan to send it. 

There is always a good time to throw “shit” in a sentence. 

Stick up for your kids. Advocate for them, and teach them how to advocate for themselves.

Always carry Benedryl. 

Get the giggles. Don’t take yourself too seriously. 

Be in photos. 

And pass on your face to one of your granddaughters. 

Say I love you, often, without condition. 

Be open to beauty in chaos.

Make each of your grandchildren know they are your favorite. 

Be the person your daughters long to emulate. 

Teach Love.

Acknowledge each day as a gift…each day is a gift. 

And always give God the glory. 

Happy Birthday Mom. I love you so so much. 

*”and make the best no bakes ever for your son in law…” -from your son in law.