Mommyhood… the Early Years

7 May

When I was born, we lived in the Chesapeake area of Maryland.  My parents ran a camp during the summer and it was their home base during the school year while they went around and did Missionary conferences and 5-day clubs.  This was taken at the camp.  Of the three of us, I think my mom looks the best.  The look on my face can only be attributed to the unfortunate situation that is my dad’s slacks.  Yes slacks; they are too ugly to be called anything else.  But seriously, look how cute my mom is!!!!

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Just to prove that my dad didn’t always look like that, here is exhibit B.  Note that my mom STILL looks fresh as a daisy.  I, too, am looking less awkward 🙂

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It wasn’t too long until I received the best “toy” a little girl could ever get.  An adorable baby sibling.  And God answered my prayers when he made that sibling a girl.  Introducing Teresa Louise Clark…

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Mom was always so good with kids.  Always.  So it stood to reason that she would be a great mommy.  Her one downfall was the haircuts she allowed to be done to her children.  Teresa had a similar one when she was 2ish and again when she was 6.  Since she is not here to defend herself, I will not be posting any of her.  But here.  Christmas, probably 1978.  Oh my goodness.  Please not that HER hair is picture perfect as always!

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This is the first family prayer card picture I remember being taken.  Seriously woman?  How was your hair always this perfect??  You look lovely, mom!!  I loved the dress that I am wearing and begged to wear it looooong after I had outgrown it.  Also, if you look at Teresa and then at Clarkie’s pictues you will see that they are practically identical 🙂  

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Clearly I forgave my mom for the bad haircuts…. 2 months before I turned 5 my dad went on a trip to Europe and he brought back some wool material.  My mom made me an adorable plaid jumper.  It is sitting just to left of us.  I was SOOOO thrilled with my new dress.  I remember throwing my arms around my mom and being so thankful that she made it for me!

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Obviously I have a great love of books.  Here is my mom reading to us.  People tend to think that I am the goofball of the family.  I give you exhibit G to prove that Teresa sometimes wore that crown.  Also I am convinced that my mom never had a bad hair day from 1968-1985.  I could be wrong, but I know that this was fairly spontaneous and just look at it!!!

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Mom supported (and still supports) our plays, musicals, and recitals.  More often than not she made our costume or our dress.  I can’t even begin to count the number of dresses she made us.  In fact my favorite dresses right now were made by my mom.  I get compliments on then all the time and I take great pride in telling people that my mom made my dress.  Here I was a pilgrim.  From the date on the back it was the fall of 2nd grade.  Teresa was 4.  That was my very first bedspread.  Currently Teresa has it in Ohio, but I love that almost 30 years later it is still in our family!!  Annnnnd once again, she has perfect hair.  

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Tune in tomorrow for a VERY SPECIAL Top Ten Tuesday!!!!

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