Mama B.

by Jenn (eating bender) on May 13, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day!

I love any time I get to spend with my mom. This time of year is extra special because I was born on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, and sometimes my birthday even falls on the holiday. It makes it doubly fun to celebrate when my mom is the reason I’m here in the first place. :) (Bonus: My brother’s birthday falls on Father’s Day this year, so they will have a father-son, moment, too!)

Today is less about the meals and more about the mama.

Our hair colors have changed over the years. 😉

Mama Bender has taught me so much. She is the perfect example of a mother who is always going above and beyond for her kids. Whether it was helping to plan school parties or planning a picture-perfect wedding, taking me out to the driving range or winning our fair share of mother-daughter golf tournaments, she has always inspired us to excel while above all being kind to others and treating every individual with the respect that they deserve.

Mama B exemplifies what it means to live with ambition, passion, spirit and love. Her values of honesty and integrity, of courage and generosity, are ones that I have embraced and can only hope to carry out with a quarter of her grace and fortitude.

As I grow older, I continue to be amazed and impressed by just how much she does for all of us. Of course, she’ll claim she hasn’t done enough, or that she could do more, but I think everyone who knows her would agree that her effort goes far beyond any normal expectations. She truly puts the “extra” in extraordinary with every project she undertakes and every goal she sets out to achieve.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mama B. I love you very much and am so grateful for the memories we continue to make together as mother and daughter. Thank you for the excellent birthday present.

And a very happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! What are you doing to celebrate?


1 Cara (Twinthusiast) May 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Love Mama B! So glad you were able to be together this weekend :)
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2 Jenn (eating bender) May 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

The feeling is mutual on her end! :) Such a great weekend all around – happy birthday one more time and SO glad we could see you all on video! It lights up our day, truly.

3 Brittany May 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

This is a very sweet post Jenn. Moms are so very special.

It was great catching up with you today, as always. :)
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4 Jenn (eating bender) May 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Thanks, Britt! They definitely are – glad you had such a nice time with yours today, too! It’s always fun catching up with you. :) Hope you have an amazing week.

5 Wendi May 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Awww!! This is such a sweet post Jenn! You mom seems like such a wonderful lady and I am so glad you got to spend the day with her. Yay for being lucky enough to be blessed with such amazing and inspiring women :)
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6 Jenn (eating bender) May 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Thanks, Wendi!! Hurray for inspiring women, indeed. :) Glad you had such a lovely day yesterday, too!

7 Erica May 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

You two are so cute. You know I absolutely love your relationship :). We went to brunch, Josh got me an amazing gift (more to come) and we went to dinner! Aside from that I cleaned and taught Body Pump…but that wasn’t the best parts of the day! Just time with Kay, Josh & frank- perfection
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8 glidingcalm May 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

This is such a beautiful tribute to your mother! She sounds like one incredible lady!
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9 Jenn (eating bender) May 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Thanks, GC!! She’s definitely incredible in my book!

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