Happy Mother’s Day, to both of my moms

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom, from your six kids. That’s right SIX KIDS. Thanks for the natural births, piano lessons since we were three, 4-H where we learned to sew our own clothes, and most importantly instilling a moral compass that is at times annoyingly unshakeable.

the starke family

Here are the six kids without significant others (Brian didn’t get in ’til later that day) at my little sis’s wedding. I don’t know why we posed like that. I’ll go ahead and blame it on our mother for raising us to be total weirdos.

starke family

And there we are with all the little adorable grandkids in tow at our family reunion in Wyoming, two years ago. She now has eight grandkids who adore the heck out of her.

I know I JUST posted this photo (below) last week, but I do love it so much, and my mom looks so pretty and happy in it, with her all matching, dressed-up kids. (I’m the baby on the lap.)

starke family

May I give my children the childhood that I was lucky enough to have thanks to my parents. Thanks Mom, for raising me to be incredibly productive, if not obsessive — I know I got that from her. Meanwhile, I’m not as empathetic, charitable, or as selfless as she is, but I’m hoping that maybe I will be some day. Love you, Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day to Brian’s mom, Suz. I couldn’t possibly have asked for a better mother-in-law. I’ve been in their family since I was 21 (four years now :)) and couldn’t feel more at home in their home and with them, where I am right now. :)

Brian Henderson and parents

Off to brunch where we’ll toast to how wonderfully she (and Bob) raised Brian. I would have married him strictly for his looks and chest hair, but the fact that he is crazy nice, respectful, considerate, and charming is probably all due to his mom, Suz. So thank you. I truly won the parents-in-law lottery. Totally priceless.

  1. Sarah

    Emily Henderson…one thing I’m 100% sure of: you will be a WONDERFUL mom!

  2. Winnie

    Hi Emily,
    You look like a photocopy version of your mum! Nice big family you have there. My husband and I were talking about having babies, you know one of those random conversations we have and we were just saying we might probably end up in an old folks home, the 2 of us facing each other everyday & keeping our dentures in check. So I think we have to try harder to have a baby since my biological clock is ticking away. But for whatever reasons if we don’t have any, I guess it is God’s plan for us. I wish you all the very best too! Sorry for digressing… :)

  3. Susan

    ok, I never comment (well, except right now), but this was such a kind, thoughtful, gently humorous tribute that I wanted to say: well done and kudos for being such a gracious and appreciative person.

  4. The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

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