Sunday is that one day a year set aside to celebrate our moms and say thank you.
"My mom enjoyed the most simple of things: kicking a pile of leaves in fall, swimming in the Gulf, watching her grandchildren play, lunch with friends every Sunday after church, a good clean joke, and I enjoyed watching her enjoying herself," said Jackie Cox.
As for herself, Cox said a great Mother's Day gift would be for her niece, Caitie, to deliver her new baby boy.
"What a treat to welcome a new generation and celebrate the creation of a new mother on Mother's Day," she said.
"I feel so blessed that I still have my mother," said Lorre James. "She always had to work when I was growing up but I rarely saw her lose her temper even though I know my brother and I were a handful and she was totally overwhelmed. Her cooking was amazing! I was so spoiled by all of her meals and special desserts! She allowed me in the kitchen and constantly shared cooking tips. Then, when my daughter was born, she allowed Lindsey in the kitchen to "help." Now that I am older, we still cook together and create new memories. As a mom, all I really want this Mother's Day is to chat on the phone with my daughter for a while. I miss her and it always hits me hard that we never get to spend Mother's Day together. But I look forward to her being here in a few weeks."
Billie Gaffrey's favorite memory of her mom was how happy she was to see her after school every day. The one thing she would like to receive for this Mother's Day would be to see her mom after school again.
Shari Roberts's favorite memory is of her mother reading to her at night before she fell asleep.
"I love to get messages from my step daughters and my grandchildren on Mother's Day. They always tell me how much they love me and I save all of them on my phone so I can listen to them over and over," she said.
As for choosing one special Mother's Day memory, Peggy Jones said all her Mother's Day memories of her mom are special. "She is 95 years young and that is special," she said.
Michele Silberman's favorite memory of her mom is all the time she took nurturing dance as a part of her daughter's being.
"She never complained and relentlessly supported me from age 3 until I joined the Memphis Ballet Company at age 16, instilling the love of dance. I still dance today and mom and I jitterbug around when we are together."
As for what she would like to receive for Mother's Day, Silberman said, "As a mom, the greatest gift my four children can give me is their sincere devotion to our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, and instill this in their babies."
Melissa Brown's favorite memory of her mom is how she would lovingly sing "You are my Sunshine" as she and her sister cuddled next to her in early mornings.
Brown, who today is mom to 7-year-old twins (boy/girl), only craves breakfast in bed Sunday morning, along with lots of sweet kisses for her own Mother's Day.
The Sun wishes a happy Mother's Day to all moms out there. Enjoy!
Spending Mother's Day in South Walton
It's doesn't matter so much where you take your mom or what present you might buy her to celebrate Mother's Day, what matters is the time you spend together. However, if you're stuck on what to do this Sunday, here's a little help.
Sunday is the perfect day to partake in a yummy brunch. Fish Out of Water will be hosting a special Mother's Day brunch from 8 a.m. to noon, located at
For something different, treat mom to a Mother's Day Lunch Cruise aboard the SOLARIS yacht from 1 to 3 p.m. Lunch features a three-course meal that begins with freshly baked rolls with garlic, herbs and infused oil. Entree choices include a fresh herb-encrusted filet mignon in bordelaise sauce, Gulf fish topped with lemon beurre blanc sauce, cheese and fresh herb-stuffed chicken breast with volute sauce, or spinach and cheese stuffed pasta. Kid-friendly entrees include freshly baked flat bread pizzas. And of course, what's Mother's Day without a special dessert? The SOLARIS Mother's Day Lunch Cruise is $55 for adults $25 for children ages 3 to 10 and $15 for infants up to age 3. Book the cruise at 650-2519 or visit www.sunquestcruises.com
For that mom who has everything, why not let her pick out something special from the West Indies Market in Rosemary Beach. Artisans will be selling all types of unique artwork such as jewelry, sculptures, paintings, photography, pottery and more. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the center of Rosemary Beach.
All moms loved a homemade gift. You could purchase a piece of art from one of the many talents along 30A, or you can make one yourself. At Fired Up in
And for the mom that's overworked — aren't they all? — a nice trip to the spa will certainly do the trick. Sure, a gift certificate isn't fun to wrap, but your mom will enjoy a day of R & R. Serenity by the Sea at Sandestin Beach Hilton, is just one of several spas to send mom to. For more information, visit www.sandestinbeachhilton.com.