“When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May”

I love Motown. Growing up we always had music playing in the house. It didn’t matter if we were dancing around, baking or cleaning, my parents loved music. It’s funny how some things stick with you because I also LOVE music. Any kind, I really can’t discriminate, maybe heavy metal but I’d probably end up finding some song I could dance to.

IMG_0905Smokey Robinson and The Temptations were two artists my mom played a lot and she sang the song “My Girl” to us when we were little. I still tear up when I hear it and find myself signing it to Hayden Keith too. (Fun fact: my last b-day gift from my mom was tickets to see Smokey live. She was too sick to go but a friend went with me, it was awesome.)

Since my mom has passed, May, which used to be a month of celebrating, turned into a really hard month. Between Mother’s Day and her birthday, it’s hard to find time to smile. But after Joel and I were engaged and narrowing down a wedding date, it seemed like May was the month we were destined for. Originally, we picked the last weekend in April but if you know my family the thought of me getting married over Drake Relays is just not an option. Growing up the daughter of a Cross-Country and Track and Field coach, that weekend is like the equivalent of the Super Bowl in IA track and field.

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Mom & Father Keith enjoying a rainy Drake Relays watching Catie run. (mom’s last relays)

Wanting to keep that tradition with my dad and sisters was important to me. After thinking of how the month of May was so hard, maybe this was an opportunity to bring some celebration back to the month. We decided on May 4, 2013 and it was an amazing day. IMG_0005Fast-forward a few months, Joel and I found out we were expecting our first child and our due date was Mother’s Day 2014, May 11. To some it may be coincidence but to me I knew my mom was helping me accomplish my goal of making May a month of celebrations again.

Our Hayden Keith was born Monday, May 12, 2014. I didn’t deliver on my due date but I went into labor on Mother’s Day which totally counts right? 🙂  DSC_0088

Any months or days of the year that are harder for you? Are you figuring out new ways to remember, honor or celebrate someone? Please share!

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I’ll be out on vacation and may not get a change to blog. When I return, I’ll share how we celebrated Hayden Keith’s 1st birthday and how his Angel Grandma Kristi was a part of the big day. IMG_9363(1)

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