What my mom has taught me

May 7, 2015

Mothers day is sneaking up on us this coming Sunday and with that I thought I would just share a special post on how special my mom is and what she has taught me over the course of my life and especially these past few years.

My mom has been through a lot of obstacles  in her life as a mom from advocating for my biological brother and I as we had a tough time in public school (at a young age) to raising awareness and advocating for adoption of children from the states to International adoption. If you don’t know my history by now, I have one biological brother, a sister adopted from my home state (VA) and then I have 10 other siblings adopted from Asia. My mom has been strong though in that she managed to provide all she could for ALL of us through what means she could even when financially times were rough for her and my dad at times.

Here are some things she has taught me:

  • God provides– God provides the finances or needs we need but in his time with prayer and petition.
  • DO NOT GO INTO DEBT– I HATE debt. My mom (and dad) always taught me to save money and when there is any kind of debt to pay it off right away and not let it snowball.
  • Don’t let others still your joy– When I lost my teaching job a few years back my mom kept assuring me that while administration at my other job might have crushed my hopes at perusing another teaching job that I was better than what they made me feel like and that I shouldn’t let others steal my joy.
  • Be frugal- my mom shops at consignment stores, thrift shops and yard sales ALL the time.  I admit I am not one to thrift often as I wore thrifted clothes most of my childhood and school days (and disliked it)  but as an adult I have learned the value of being frugal. I often look for deals, clip coupons and save money to get what I want and at discounted prices. Sometimes I have to wait or look around for what I want or need and price match.
  • Giving to others- my mom is always giving away food that she bought with coupons on top of great deals or clothing and shoes she doesn’t wear or need anymore to those in need. While I don’t give in this form often my hubby and I like to give financially to organizations or charities as The Lord prompts us to. I have even been prompted by God to buy a giftcard to a grocery store for a single mom as well as give financially to a woman/blogger who recently went to China to adopt. These are just some of the ways I like to give.
  • If you want more kids the more the merrier– my hubby would love to have as many kids as possible, but I would defintely love to try for another one in a few years. A lot of people and family members think we are crazy but not my mom- she has 13 of us! Haha! She wants us to have as many as God would want us to.

There is more that she has taught me but for now this is what I have listed. I realize there are times where my mom and I will disagree with things and choices. My mom is not perfect, none of us are, including me. While my mom has done her best raising my siblings and I, she has made me what I am today. A few of her beliefs and values are now mine and I hope to pass these on to my children. Thanks goes to my mom for what she has instilled in me from faith to saving money and giving. To my mom, happy mother’s day!

What has your mom taught you?

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  • Teresa May 7, 2015 at 7:37 am

    You look a lot like your mom. I didn’t know you had so many adopted siblings. Your mom is an inspiring lady.

  • Shauna May 7, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I love this dedication to your Mom. Sounds like she taught you the very important lessons in life, and that you have a great relationship together! Wishing you a Happy Mother’s day with your beautiful family!! -xx



  • Ashley May 7, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Your mom is an inspiring lady! 🙂 Thanks for sharing her with us.

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  • Shannon May 7, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Aw I love this! Your mother is definitely a wise one! So much great advice!

    <3 Shannon
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  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom May 7, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Your mom sounds like a wonderful lady and has given you lots of great advice! Loved reading this post. I agree with it all!

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all May 7, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    What a great post! Your mother sounds amazing! Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mother!

  • Tif @ Bright on a Budget May 7, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Love this! Your mom sounds like a very inspiring lady.

  • Marta May 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    This is so inspiring, your mom is such a strong woman!! Love the sweet pic of the two of you & your hair looks great like that!

  • IRENE May 8, 2015 at 3:23 am

    moving story! your mother is such a strong person!

  • Coco May 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Lovely floral dress!!
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  • Becky @ bybmg May 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    What a wonderful mom! She’s taught you so much!

  • Della Preston May 19, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Such an inspiring post! You have a wonderful mom and I can see all of her wonderful qualities in you.