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I want to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day this weekend, whether you’re celebrating yourself, your mom, or the women in your life who have been wonderful moms to you!

Mary holding son

As I’ve shared with you, I had my son Ben in my early 40s. Before then, I worked in the business world in New York and Washington, DC, so I didn’t know what to expect when we brought Ben home. I’ve talked about the many family adventures that we’ve had, including homeschooling him up until high school.

Mary holding homeschooling books.

While homeschooling, he loved listening to me read books that are also known as Living Books, such as Pagoo, and Read Alouds, such as The Box Car Children. I talk about these books and more in my What Charlotte Mason Taught Me About Traditional Foods and Homeschooling video.

Mother’s Day in the Kitchen

On Mother’s Day, I think of the many fun times I enjoyed with my son in the kitchen. He helped me prepare numerous dishes, including dinners we enjoyed as a family when my husband Ted came home from work. (They didn’t have telecommuting back then!)

Mary holds her son in her kitchen.

Mother’s Day in the Garden

I also think of the times we spent in the garden. He had such a love of nature, digging in the dirt, planting seeds, and harvesting crops. We had a terrarium with crickets, millipedes, rolly-pollies (pill bugs), and a praying mantis with which Ben would spend hours studying.

If you have young children or if you are young at heart, I encourage you to spend some time outside to enjoy nature and the garden too. You can’t go wrong planting vegetables since you can always use them in recipes, and you can also grow herbs that you can use for culinary or medicinal purposes. (Your child or child at heart may also find fascinating insects or earthworms to study too!)

Mary with her son Ben in their kitchen garden.

Here are two videos on the best medicinal herbs to grow. Choose a few to plant in your garden!

So on this Mother’s Day weekend, I hope you’ll enjoy old memories and make new ones by spending time with your family, which may include Mother Nature too! 😊

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