Chicken Soup for the Soul

This week was exhausting! Both of us were overextended with work projects, and commitments. On top of that, we both were not feeling well. Thankfully, it was not swine flu, although it did cross our minds. TGIF!

What we needed this week was mom, and a good bowl of chicken soup. Now, we don’t think that our mother ever made homemade chicken soup in her life, but Campbell’s was always fine when we were kids. She is always there when we need her, and sometimes when we don’t. That is what mother’s do. And we love her all the same.

We will not be able to see her this Mother’s Day, and so we wanted to honor her, and a couple of other Mother’s in our life, by telling a little bit about these great women.

“There was never a great man who had not a great mother — it is hardly an exaggeration.” —Olive Schreiner

The Motherlode

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Time for the bunny suit Mom [1], Christopher [2], and Dad’s shadow [3] at our Aunt Pat’s house.
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Our mother, Barbara had her hands full. By the time she was thirty, she had seven kids in tow, with a husband (our father, Marion) who traveled most of the week. When we were all young, she was a stay at home mom who was on the PTA, a room mother, a “Fun Fair” organizer and devoted baker for annual cake walks.

Talk about overextending herself… she fed us all breakfast in the mornings, packed our lunches (and we all wanted something different… for instance Christopher had scrambled egg sandwiches every day, while Greg needed bologna and mustard), then she hauled us off to school.

Mom always had snacks for us when we got home, always made a hot meal (She always tried to be creative, and one of our favorites were crepes with grape jelly!), and helped us with homework, and science projects. On top of all of this, we were the crazy house on the block. You know the one… where all of neighbor kids hang out, wreck havoc, and continually run in and out of the house. A Kool-Aid break was always on hand… courtesy of Mom.

Even though she was our personal chef, butler, and driver, we know that her resume is more than just as our personal assistant to us. After all, she was the youngest of eight children herself and worked part time as a local model, and full time at a paint store. There is much more to her than being a mother. But, we know that is the job that she loves most.

Now in her seventh decade, she still is a strong and amazing woman. She has tackled many struggles, personal demons and the death of our father. As we continue this blog, we will write more about her amazing life… that inspires us both.

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Here’s our mom, Barbara
2004 on a visit to Phoenix.

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Happy Birthday toast Our sister, Beth [1] has a birthday on May 8th! Her daughter, Zoe [2] just wants to celebrate!
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Two of our sister’s live back in Indiana, the place where we all grew up. Kelly and Beth both have families and as mothers they have many more commitments than the two of us will ever know. We don’t get to see them as much as we would like so phone calls are sometimes all we get. It is always amazing to hear how their kids are growing up, and we are looking forward to seeing them all soon. Going back to South Bend, and hanging out with all of them always feels like home.

Our sister, Beth, and her husband Kevin have been married for ten years now and have a daughter; Zoe. Kevin works too much as a Mishawaka police officer so Beth and Zoe hold down the fort along with their crazy dogs. Beth loves to bake, and dreams of owning her own bakery at some point. Their house is similiar to the one we grew up in… lots of fun chaos (watch out for the dogs.. they’ll run you over!), and amazing aromas in the kitchen.

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Some of Beth’s wedding party Abbie [1], Kelly [2], and her kids Abbie [1], and Alex [3], ten years ago.

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Kelly amazes us. She is a single working mom with the best sense of humor ever! Her laugh is infectious, and she has the capacity to laugh off the worst of times. We don’t know if she even realizes how she can light up a room.

She is hooked on gardening, and can grow a great-tasting vegetable. There is nothing better than going to one of Kelly’s bbq’s in the summer, eating her food (she cooks like a Southerner… hearty and decadent food!), and listening to her hilarious stories.

We are now feeling a bit homesick for the people that we love. We had a tiring week, but we can’t even imagine being a mom. Wishing all those mothers out there, including our friends; Sue, Barri, Joan and Elaine, a wonderful day! Happy Mother’s Day.

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Design Brothers in the News: Christopher was interviewed at his painting show the other night. The show closes on Saturday.
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