Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend. For some of my friends, this will be their very first Mother’s Day with their own little squishy to hold and love. For me, this is my first Mother’s Day without my mother. In fact, last Mother’s Day was the last time we saw my mom before she went into the hospital for the last time. Her birthday was May 7th, so we always celebrated her birthday and Mother’s Day together. Last year, we all went to my niece’s softball game, then back to my sister’s house for dinner and cake.

Mom had been sick for a long time. In 1998, she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. She’d had two successful bone marrow transplants, as well as countless rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. She was no stranger to hospital stays. Throughout it all, she kept a fighting, upbeat attitude. Mom was known for her offbeat sense of humor and wit. She was a smartass; always ready with a one-liner. She was also the queen of self-deprecation and deflecting attention away from herself.

With that in mind, I’ll do my best this Mother’s Day to honor her in quiet, subtle ways. I plan on donating some kitty food to our local shelter (Mom was THE crazy cat lady). I would like to have a meal out with my family and leave some lucky waitress an exorbitant tip (Mom was a waitress). Lastly, I want to find some Lily of the Valley or Baby’s Breath to plant in my yard (her two favorite flowers). Other than that, I plan on enjoying the weekend with my family. Our grandson’s birthday party is this weekend, so we’ll be hanging out with him and our granddaughter. I’ll be loving every minute of my time with my girls and baby boy, content to have them all by my side, happy and healthy. That’s what Mom would have wanted.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my lovely weasels, and our beautiful readers. <3

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Hi! I am Roro. I was born and raised about an hour outside of beautiful Philadelphia, PA and now reside on the sunny beaches of Florida. I count that move as the best decision of my life. Besides getting me away from the snow, it led to meeting my husband, who was a single father of 4 when I met him. I adopted his 2 youngest girls, and we have been blessed with another daughter and a son together. Our 4 kids range from newbie to college aged, and always keep us on our toes. They are my greatest pride and joy.

Besides my little darlings, some of my favorite things include: soaking up rays on the beach, camping, sports (especially the Philly teams), listening to music, and gardening. My contributions to A Dash of Mama will include simple projects to do with the babes, going on adventures with the babes, and plenty of outtakes.

I think my favorite part of this project is working with this group of ladies I love and am so glad to have met. The Weasel family has become an extension of my own family, and really, truly, some of my very best friends. I love how diverse of a group we are, yet we can all relate to each other, learn from each other, and grow with each other.

Please be sure to leave me a comment. I’d like to meet our readers!

A Short History of the “Weasels”:

Our group of friends met on a popular baby-themed forum. We were all expecting new bundles of joy around the same time. From a forum of more than 20,000 users, a small group of about 20 of us grew closer, and began to lean on each other as real friends. Soon, we found ourselves becoming friends on other social media sites. From there, we’ve expanded to real-life meetings and this new endeavor, on A Dash of Mama the blog, and the soon-to-launch youTube channel.