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Happy Mother’s Day!

This weekend we are celebrating the women in our lives who have helped us become who we are today. Mom, mother, mama, ma, mommy, or whatever term of endearment you choose, here are some words of gratitude from our staff here at Natch & Lewis about the special ladies in their lives. Happy Mother’s Day!

God has given us the capacity to accomplish almost anything we want, if we just believe we can.

My Mom has touched the lives of many, and in some fashion, her spirit and gifts live on in everyone who has ever known her.  Her life had been full of blessings and challenges and through it all she persevered and she never gave up.  She seemed to embrace the belief that if you wanted something bad enough and were willing to work hard enough, you could achieve any goal – she believed that “there’s no such thing as can’t.”

During the early 60’s, my oldest brother, attended and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD.  At that time the Navy football program was nationally ranked and was blessed with two Heisman Trophy winners, Joe Bellino a running back who you probably have never heard of and a guy by the name of Roger Staubach who you might have heard a little something about.

Well, Mom was a big fan and we tried to watch any game Navy had that happened to be televised, not many back in the days before cable.  However, the annual game between Army and Navy was always aired live and we would make every effort to watch the game, reception permitting. Some of you may guess what I’m saying here.  The dance of someone out at the antenna and you in front of the TV yelling suggestions about turning the antenna one way of the other trying to defeat the televised snowstorm.

It is an understatement to suggest that the Army-Navy game was a big deal to Mom.  She wanted to help the team beat Army so she did what she always did best – baked cookies and gave encouragement.  I don’t know if she would do this each year that my brother was at the Academy but I can remember on more than one occasion helping her pack up the cookies for shipment to the Navy football team along with a note encouraging the team to do their best, to believe in themselves and that there is no such thing as can’t!

That was the essence of Mom, always the optimist – Well that, a little stubbornness and ultimately a belief in Christ!  All of which got her through life. – Bob

My mom is our everything.  She is the rock that keeps our WHOLE family running.  The best part about her is she chose us almost 31 years ago and made my dad and our family complete.  I don’t know where any of us would be without her.  She is so selfless and strong and does it with a smile and grace.  I hope that I can be half the mom that she didn’t have to be. – Bobbi

My Mom, after many years of being my mother, is now my friend. It doesn’t matter if we’re dolled up to go somewhere or on the couch watching the Food Network and drinking coffee in our slippers, we have a blast together. She’s my rock, my strength, my biggest cheerleader and, when I need it, my honest reality check. Thank you for being “my Mama”. – Jami

My mom is the most caring, selfless, encouraging, supportive, hospitable, nurturing, and fun person I know. Even into adulthood and motherhood, she is still there for me. She will never stop being my mom. I will never be able to pay her back for all she has done for me. In fact, when I told her that one time, she told me the only way I could pay her back was to be the best mom I can be for my kid. And I plan on doing just that. – Julie

When my wife Tiffany and I got married, we did not think we were going to have any children. That was a bit of a disappointment for our parents (especially mine since they have no other grandchildren) but not a surprise to any of Tiffany’s friends because they understood how career oriented she was. That changed after 4 years of marriage when we both decided that we were ready to start a family.    

Tiffany was never very good with other people’s children, however, and I think we were both wondering what kind of a mother she would be. That all changed the minute she saw our son Grant. From seemingly nowhere, Tiffany gained a level of patience I had never seen from her. It was like a switch got flipped, and she was a different person. That love only grew with our second child, Madison, 4 years later. Dad’s love their children too, but I will never underestimate the kind of bond that a mom has with her kids. It is a wonderful thing.                                    

Last weekend we celebrated 23 years of marriage. I love you Tiffany. Happy Mother’s Day to you and all the moms out there. – Lorenzo

My mom is always up for an adventure.  She taught me to be patient and enduring memories will find us.  No gas, no water, no problem. – Mike P.

Mothers give without taking, selflessly giving everything they’ve got, heart and soul, to their children. Mother’s protect, nurture and love their children no matter what, no matter how long. Mother’s should be honored and cherished year-round, but especially on Mother’s Day! – Peter

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