Happy Mother’s Day From Home Ec 101

Ivy says:

I don’t want to sound like a beer commercial, but I must. So,

Here’s to you, moms. Here’s to all the sleepless nights from staying up with a cranky baby to waiting around late at night for your teenager to come home. Here’s to all the sacrificing you do of all the things you want so your kids can have what they want. Here’s to all your hard work- cooking, cleaning, doctoring, landscaping, chauffeuring, and all the other million things you do in a day’s work.

Here’s to our moms. Heather and I wouldn’t be here writing about Home Eccy goodness if it wasn’t for our own moms. Thanks, moms.

Here’s to all you future moms. Here’s to how much you have to learn, and how much you already do know. Here’s to those of you who are pregnant right now and are wondering if you’ll be a good mom, and if labor really hurts as bad as they say it does. (It does, and it doesn’t. Don’t listen to the horror stories.) Here’s to those of you who are trying to get pregnant and get frustrated when you see only one line every month. Don’t worry, your time will come.

And because I’ve always thought there should be a day that celebrates all women, because making the decision (or having the decision made for you) to not have a child is one of the hardest decisions- here’s to you, women who have chosen not to be moms. I know several women who are childfree by choice. In all cases, they had carefully considered what they were going to do and decided not to have a child. It’s not a decision to take lightly, and I think those women need some celebration, too.

So here’s to the women. The mothers, the grandmothers, the sisters, the aunts, the friends. Here’s to every last one of you. Today, we celebrate and honor you.

In loving memory of my grandmother, Vivian Hogan.


  1. Carol on May 12, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Beautiful post, Ivy. Thank you.

  2. Connie on May 12, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Ditto to Kate and Melissa. I was just fine all day yesterday at work, and all through Mass after work, until Father gave a special blessing to the mothers. And then I fell apart. Reading this post last night helped. It’s nice reading comments from others and realizing I’m not alone.

  3. Melissa on May 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Oh, I so agree with Kate. Mother’s Day is the hardest day of the year for me.

    Thank you so much for recognizing, in addition to mothers, those women who do not have children either by choice or by circumstance. I really appreciate that.

  4. kate on May 12, 2008 at 11:58 am

    On a day when I normally hide out from the world, and fight the urge to pull the covers over my head.
    Because some of us desperately wish we could have celebrated the day, I thank you for this:
    -because making the decision (or having the decision made for you) to not have a child is one of the hardest decisions-

  5. Pam on May 11, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to you…..thanks for the info….the smiles….the laughs……God’s Blessings, Pam South Bend