Friday, 18 April 2008



I bought this book in Target the other day.

All You Need is Love
Fifteen Journeys to Motherhood by Suzy Zail

As it gets close to Mother’s Day I tend to get a bit melancholy and miss my Mum
I may be 53 but every girl, even this old girl needs her Mum.
Being the ‘baby’ of the family I guess I was a little spoilt and close to my Mum.

It is now 15 years since she passed away.
Every year on her birthday and near Mother’s Day I usually buy myself a little something.
She was forever telling me to buy something for myself as I always put myself to the end
of the line and bought things for Max or the kids, hardly ever for myself.
So this is what I bought this year.
It is a great book.
All about different types of Mothers
A Mother in a Commune

A Disadvantaged Mother

A Grandmother being the Mother figure to her grandchildren

A Foster Mother

A Surrogate Mother

Mother’s with children with disabilities - Single Mother’s struggling to make ends meet
A Vision Impaired Mother - An Older Mother
Lesbian Mothers - A Mother that was a Donor Egg recipient
An Adoptive Mother - A Mother in prison
A Relinquishing Mother -A Mother of triplets
A Surrogate Mother - A Working Mother

Many Mother's with different stories to tell.

Any one out there looking for that little something for Mum or
to add to her gift, I am sure she would enjoy it.

To all you Mother’s out there look at your beautiful children no matter what age they are and be proud of yourself for creating these wonderful people.


Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

Sounds like a lovely book,

Victoria x

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Hi Alison,
Oh sorry to hear that you had such miserable weather in my all time fav place - Port Macquarie. We must have been so lucky to have nothing but the perfect sunny 27 every day for 2 weeks. Hope you and Max still had fun.

That book sounds lovely and I think as mums we are all guilty of putting our own needs last. Good on you for buying yourself a little gift. Hope it makes you feel closer to your mum.

bj said...

Dear Alison, your post brought tears to my eyes this morning....I, too, miss my mother so much. I am old...70 now, and my mom's been gone 20 years, this month.
I never thought about buying myself a gift....she, like your mom, was always telling me the same thing. So, it makes sense to go buy myself something that would make HER smile....and make me feel just a tiny bit less lonely for her.
Thanks for the inspiration....
hugs, bj

Unknown said...

Alison, this looks like such a great book. I love your sentiments about looking at our children, and being proud of ourselves.

I have a special award for you over at my place. Please stop by when you get a chance and take it home. Have a lovely day.

Blessings, Karen

Natasha Burns said...

This looks like a great book Alison, thanks for the heads-up on it. It's lovely that you buy something for yourself like your own mother said. mothers are so busy looking after everyone else, and like you, putting themselves last.

Jessi Nagy said...

oohh i have to go check that one out!!

Rosemary said...

Looks like a lovely book.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda said...

Hi Alison, this looks like a very special book. I'm glad you follow your mom's words and do something nice for yourself....this is really nice and something we all should try to do. Hugs, Linda

Sugar Bear said...

That looks like a very inspirational book. I can't imagine what it must be like to miss your mother so. She did a wonderful job raising a lovely lady.

blessings said...

What a cool book! I'll have to stroll around Borders and see if I can find a copy. Blessings... POlly

A Romantic Porch said...

I know exactly what you mean. I miss my mother so much too! xo Rachel

love.boxes said...

I like the idea of there being a lot of different kinds of mothers.. all good. One of my grandmother was a textile designer.. very fancy... the other was a nurse who loved sports.. they couldn't have been more different.. but I loved them both!

Annie said...

Wonderful looking book Alison - I will look out for it. I am dreading the day I will have to be missing my mother. I too am the youngest and just love her so much. BTW I had 2 coffees!!


That looks like a wonderful book Alison. Have a wonderful weekend!


Amy said...

yes it sounds like a lovely book, I think I can relate to all the mums you wrote about :-)

Tutti Chic said...

Alison~What a lovely book buy! I'll look for it when I'm in target! I'm sorry that you miss your mom especially on mothers day~I can't imagine my life without mine~She is the rock that anchors the whole family. All 100 lbs of her!LOL! Your mom sounds like she was a wise woman, knowing how we always put ourselves last-I'm SO glad you bought something for yourself!xoxo chris P.S. The grandmother being mother figure to her grandkids HIT HOME-That's me! :)

Kingswood Food and Craft Market said...

Alison thats a beautiful book.
Im sorry your mum is no longer here but i am sure that each Mothers Day and every day,she is with you watching over you and your family.
This post brought tears to my eyes.

Hugs to you sweetie,


Fete et Fleur said...

This was a beautiful post. I need to try and find this book here and gift it to my mother. She would love it.

Blessings! Nancy

P.S. So glad your back and sorry it rained so much. Congratulations to your hubby!!

Cami said...

I am so happy you bought this for yourself. My Mom passed away about 5 years ago and now Mother's Day is bittersweet, but certainly getting easier. Hugs to you. You spread a lot of sunshine.

Cindy said...

What a beautiful post girl! Yep, I miss mine too and yep, I bet she would say the same thing...she was always at me to treat myself. Thanks for a sweet read.


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Sounds like a neat book! Nice that you buy yourself something every Mother's Day!


Michelle Frae Cummings said...

What a beautiful book, makes me teary eyed to think of not "being" a mom. Thanks for sharing.

Dena said...

I too miss my mom. She's been gone for 21 years and it still seems like just yesterday. She always put herself last and worked so very hard. I do believe I will take up this tradition in honor of her. Thank you for sharing this with us.


kari and kijsa said...

This is a beautiful post, and the book looks wonderful too!

kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

Well I am with you on missing our moms. Mine just passed away a few months ago and its so so hard. Maybe I will buy myself that book though:)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Looks like a wonderful book...My Mom passed away 3 years ago at the age of 83. I am 54 now and still miss her so much. When she turned 83, I asked her what one piece of advice, if she could only give one, would she give to me. She said, "Never, ever let ANYONE talk you out of doing what you want to do." Great advice, I think.

bluemuf said...

Alison, What a lovely post. The book you found look so interesting. I will have to see if I can find it.


Gail McCormack said...

I also miss my Mum, I always have and I know I always will, I have sweet memories of her. I think your prezzie to yourself is a wonderful idea, goodness knows you deserve it Alison!! I Enjoyed the coffee and look forward to the next one


Sorry you had lousy weather in Port, but it's been pretty lousy all over NSW. Hope you had a good time regardless. You're right Alison, we always miss our Mums, don't we. I think I miss mine more the older I get, I was only 33when she passed away. Enjoy your book.
Hugs, Coll :-}

Anonymous said...

Love the bookand the sentiments. It is important to appreciate our children. I truly believe it's a gift for each day we have together.

Peta said...

What a lovely book and a perfect gift for any mother!

Betty said...

What a sweet book Alison. Thanks for sharing!

Merci-Notes said...

Hi Alison!
I "love" the music that you put with this post! Thank You so for sharing lyour love for your Mum with us and also the book. What a beautiful way of remembering her... by making sure you are caring for yourself... which is also a gift to your kids!
Of the passages you sahred my fav is that of the disadvantaged Mum. full circle to "All You Need Is Love:

Anonymous said...

Dear Alison,
My heart breaks thinking of you without your Mum. It scares me about myself for the future too. But still it's nice to know you could still hear her voice whispering to you. That is why you bought this book, which by the way looks like an inspiration.

Thank you for your honesty and thank you too for your kind comments and visits!


Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Sounds like a beautiful book. Many mothers do put everyone else first. IT's so nice to do something for you!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I am going to have to find this book. What a sweet publication!


Sandy said...

Sounds like a great book - and fun to visit your blog!

vintage girl at heart said...

Looks wonderful...... and good for YOu to do a little something for yourself. I hope you enjoy the book!! I plan to look for it at Target.

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

Wow you have Target in Australia?
I had to wait a long time to get one here in
Sounds like a great book!

Anna T said...

Sounds like an amazing book!
My Mom died when I was 32 and months later I was still picking the phone up to call her.
I was blessed to have her in my life as long as I did.
Bless you,

Laura Bray said...

A great post! Thanks for sharing this book.

Donna Layton said...

What a wonderful book. I must get that for myself. My mother would have loved this book, but my MIL WOULD NOT like it. She would be judging just about every mother in there. Sad, but true.
I feel the same way as you about my mom. Miss her so very much.

Robin said...

Hi Alison,
My mom always tells me the same thing! Even though I still have her with me, it's different because she is suffering from dementia, but my "mom" is still in there- just confused at times. I cherrish every moment with her. This little post here gave me quite a lump in my throat!

cheryl.gail said...

Alison I will be looking out for this book. I haven't lost my mother but she is in the UK and I live in Australia. Haven't seen her for over 15 years and miss her so much. I dread the time when I can longer pick up the phone to say hello how are you?