Mom Pride

Grandma Kc wrote this on January 31st, 2016 19 Replies

For many years now I have made Amara calendars for special members of her fan club – OK, family! This year I really got a late start on them but they finally were mailed! The hardest part of making the calendars is picking out just the right pictures for each month. January 2016′s page needs photos from January of 2015 and so on. While that part takes the longest it is certainly, the most fun and I found some pictures that reminded me of posts that needed to be done. Still I procrastinated until a friend asked me to post to Facebook three of my favorite Mom moments. Here is that photo.

Jenna Collage

Early last year I told you about Jenna receiving the Parent of the Year award for Santiago. They had a huge celebration and presentation at the school board. It was an evening I will never forget. That was in April of last year.

The first week of June Jenna came to pick me up to do some shopping. Before I could get out the door, she came in the house looking very nervous. She had gotten a letter from the City. Not a letter to Justin or to the family but to HER. She was terrified to open it. I think we both cried when we read it.

Letter from the City Council

I was so glad I got to go! The awards were presented in the City Council chambers so we had to go through strict security procedures to get in. They even checked Amara’s purse and ran the metal detector over all of us. It was really very impressive. There were other recipients from other schools, too. Of course, we had to sit through a lot of other City Council business before they finally got to the important part but it was worth the wait. We were lucky enough to have gotten front row seats. It was another wonderful night of Mom pride. I couldn’t help but cry when they called her name.

Jenna certainly hasn’t let that award go to her head. She is not sitting back on her laurels this school year. She is President of the PTA and is loved and appreciated by all. She knows all of the teachers and most of the students by name. She does so much for so many of the students at Santiago. She is such an amazing person and such a positive influence. The students and teachers all know they can count on her and that she is there for them if they need her.

I am pretty sure Jenna has never said “No” to anyone! I am very proud of her.

19 thoughts on “Mom Pride

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Joe Biden said “‘A father knows he’s a success when he turns and looks at his son or daughter and know that they turned out better than he did.’ I’m a success; I’m a hell of a success.” I think without a doubt you can start using that same line anytime you want. :-) Congrats to Jenna for all of her hard work that is so much appreciated by students, teachers, families and also the city. Wow!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You are absolutely right! I am so proud of her and she has turned out so much better than me! Admittedly, I am 10 million time better than my own mother but Jenna just shines! She is an amazing person, mom, friend, daughter, wife, etc! She does it all very well — did I mention I was proud?!

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  2. Launna

    Kc, Jenna sounds amazing. .. she has a pretty great mommy. I think it’s wonderful that she won mother of the year. You can tell she’s a great mommy from how sweet Amara is :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You would really like her. I love that she is her own person. Not every PTA president can purple off purple hair! I think it is part of what makes her so approachable to the students, they know she won’t judge! Like I said, I think you would really like her.

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  3. Sandy

    So proud of my beautiful niece! She is an amazing woman who was shown the ropes by her own amazing mom. And I’m so happy seeing that Amara is following in both of your footsteps. Love to all of you from Aunt Sandy and Uncle Mark!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Your niece really is amazing and I am pretty proud of her, too! While I absolutely don’t want to rush time, I can’t wait to see how Amara turns out!

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  4. Joyce

    I loved being reminded of all of this! I see your pride in Jenna and Amara every day; these moments are the super stars in the every day sunshine of your life! Jenna is an amazing woman, and she is surrounded with support that encourages it all. A mom (you!) bursting with generosity and enthusiasm for life, a proud husband, and a daughter who appreciates it all – and will probably (like Judy has mentioned) even turn out better than she did!
    I’m sure we’ll be treated to more happy moments from last year as you revisit your photo collection!

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  5. Debby Ray

    Congratulations to your daughter! That is a wonderful honor! Thank you for the visit to my blog and such a sweet comment about my little birdie story. Cardinals are the state bird for NC and we have tons of them all year long. Have a lovely Tuesday!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you. And thank you for stopping by AmaraLand. I am huge bird lover – got it from my Dad as did Sandy. They bring back some wonderful memories. Have a great week!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Old pictures are the best! Sometimes I will send Grampy a picture of Amara from 2 or 10 years ago. So much fun! I will never forget this night!

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  6. Barb

    Your whole family is so involved with the school and children’s activities. Glad that your daughter was recognized. I’m sure it makes Jenna feel great to know how proud her parents are of her.

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