Dear Mom + Our MOST Exciting News Ever!!

My beautiful mom, a blushing bride just a few years ago, and my lovely sister, Heidi.

Dear Mom,

From you, I’ve learned the value of a strong work ethic, tenacity, and the importance of leading with a warm smile.  From you, I’ve learned the value of cultivating lifelong friendships and nurturing those friendships with love and care. From you, I’ve learned when to let things go that aren’t important in the scheme of life and that you can never please everyone.

From you, I’ve learned to enjoy the indulgence of a Belgian chocolate, a fine pair of Italian leather shoes, freshly cut flowers, and a strong cup of coffee, with cream, in the morning. From you, I have seen the life-altering power of faith, generosity, living with integrity, having a signature perfume and ‘keeping it classy’.


Mom and my Grandmother


From you, I learned of the mind-expanding benefits of travel, the essential nature of curiosity and that the devil is in the details. I’ve also learned the importance of feathering a comfortable nest and placing fresh-cut flowers bedside for family members and house guests. From you, I’ve learned the importance of celebrating, entertaining, and the fine art of throwing a party!!


My Dad and Mom

From you, I’ve learned about courage. From moving to Hawaii at the young age of 19 to teach school, to taking out a rattlesnake, with a shovel, to protect us at our house in Loomis. WOW! I’ve learned about courage from you in that after your own losses you chose to adopt 2 baby girls, Heidi and me, and create a wonderful family life for all of us.


I learned more about grace and courage from your strength through dad’s illness and passing, to embracing life and new love years later, with Hal.


The happy couple

From you, I’m learning to ask for what I need and WAIT for the response, rather than acquiesce away from what I deserve (remember that hotel scene in Paris?). From you, I’ve learned to live life to the fullest each day, be grateful for all that we have and look towards an even brighter future ahead.

I’m looking forward to celebrating YOU with Heidi and the family this weekend. Can hardly wait!

Love you dearly, Heather

PS – I will never create a bouquet like you do, from flowers grown in your perfectly manicured garden, and I always love to see your colorful creations.


On another note, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day this year with some exciting news to share.

There is something brewing in our family and it’s a baby for Briana (my step-daughter) and her wonderful guy, Shawn. They gave us this sweet card, above, to announce their pregnancy. It was truly one of the most exciting moments in our lives for Scott and me. We are over the moon excited for these two. They will be amazing parents!

This will be the first grandchild for us, ‘Grandpa Scott and Grandma Gigi’. Our family is growing and we couldn’t be more excited!


To my dear birth mom, Marcia, recovering from surgery this week, under the care of my sister, Dorie, I’m sending hugs and special Mother’s Day wishes for you both.

Not all of us who mother gave birth and life can be complicated. There are many ways to be family and to all who mother children, step-children, grandchildren and more, wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day!


Heather Lindstrom

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I remember when your Mom married Hal Heather, and I always loved the hint of story behind your Mom’s life …so this post was such a treat. What a lovely tribute to your Mom Heather, thanks for sharing this. I hope you all had a special day.


Such a sweet tribute! I never knew all of this about your mom. Very cool! And thanks for including us too, we are over the moon to have you guys as grandpa and Gigi to our kiddo! Happy Mother’s Day to you!! It can’t be easy entering into motherhood with 3 teenage girls to start but you nailed it and have been momming ever since! ❤️


I’m glad you got more acquainted with my mom through this post, Bri. She IS very cool! :)
Thank you for your kind words about my ‘momming’. You are so cute! It wasn’t easy for any of us to have me become the stepmom to three teenage girls (who needs ANOTHER mom as a teenager, right?;), but you have made my life as a stepmom SO rewarding. I can hardly wait to be a ‘Gigi’ to your new baby. This will be such a sweet chapter in life. Thank you for sharing every step with me. Love you! xx


PS> soon to grandparents?!?!?!? THE BEST!!!!!!!! congratulations!!!


We are SO excited!!! I know how much you love being a grandparent, Val. Can hardly wait for this next chapter! xx


that was a most remarkable “letter” . You so eloquently express the reasons for your gratefulness and were able to express them to your mom, NOW. . We share some wonderful things that my mom taught me too, and it’s so important for adult children to really understand and appreciate those little (and big) things that cause us to so love another, especially our moms. Thanks for a wonderful post.


Thanks so much, Val. This was one of those posts that simply wrote itself. We have been fortunate to be raised by women of such integrity and care. Happy Mother’s Day to you and thanks for the kind words today!


A beautiful homage to your mother…particularly moving to those of us whose mothers no longer live on earth. Your mother’s wedding photograph (with Hal) has to be one of the most wonderful shots of bride and groom ever! Congratulations on your upcoming grandchild and grandparenthood…I am very happy for you and look forward to your stories about the little one!


Thanks so much, Leslie. This was one of those posts that simply wrote itself. My mom is an inspiration. I’m so happy that she found love at this time in life. She and Hal are a lovely couple and are having so much fun together. I’m sorry about your mom. It’s difficult to lose a parent at any age. We are over the moon about the baby news. This is an exciting new chapter in life! Do you have grandchildren, Leslie?


Happy Mother’s Day Heather! Beautiful tribute to your mom. Congrats on the exciting news of grandbaby! It’s so much fun being a “Gigi”!!!


Happy Mother’s Day to you, Karen! Do you have grandchildren? This is such an exciting time for us. Thanks for the kind words! xx


What a beautiful and well written post!! Congratulations on the news of your grand baby!!! Big hugs!!

PS…let’s find time to catch up this week on the phone!


Thank you, Sandy. This was one of those posts that simply wrote itself. My mom is very special! Happy Mother’s Day to you! Would love to catch up on the phone later this week. I’ll catch you on the email. xx

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