It Is Official…

….I have become my parents.

I am  having flashbacks on all the things that made me cringe or the things that gave us a good laugh…and I am now doing them!

I embarrass my kids just because.  I will dance around the kitchen and I remember my mom doing the same thing.


We sing A LOT.  There is usually music coming from the piano, computer, CD player or our lips. My mom filled our home with music.

My mom was a member of the co-op and bought coconut in bulk.  Yes..bulk.  I am crazy about what my kids eat.  I special ordered all their Christmas candy so they didn't have any red 40.  What would cost $5 at Walgreens cost me $50.

My littlest walked away from a house on Halloween with his head down.  I asked him what was wrong and he replied, "They gave me candy with red 40".  I assured him that it was fine for one night.


Jack is now ready to take on the farming industry in our country because he can't believe all the chemicals that are on our fruits and vegetables.  We only buy organic and now my kids are about to riot in the street for clean veggies for all!!

I have said things like, "I'll give you something to cry about" and then immediately started laughing.

I have my kids do all the chores I don't like to do as their punishments.

I hate to fold whites, especially socks, so I am hoping someone is really bad tomorrow because I have a job for them.

I grew up in a really large old home.  The kind of home that probably was really expensive to heat but I had no concept of that.  When I was cold I would just crank up the heat until my dad would freak out and turn it down.  Their answer was to put more clothes on.  Now that I pay the bills I agree completely!!

I don't want my children to have just because they can.


I am now really thankful for all the ways my parents didn't spoil us.  We have worked for everything we have.  I am proud of that.  We plan on doing the same with our children.  I believe they will thank us someday too.

I will probably never live in rural Illinois again because we wouldn't have a job.  But I love those people.  They are hard working, honest, flag flying people that look out for each other.  I think we are losing a wonderful generation and I worry that in our larger communities my children will never know what that is like.  I am proud of where I come from and the people I grew up with. I get that from my dad.

Christmas was always about others and the birth of Christ.  I know it sounds crazy in this crazy world but I don't ever remember my mom being stressed out about Christmas or family coming.  I feel the same way.  I have never understood why/how people get so lost this time of year.  I grew up with simple and that is what we practice in our home.  Thank you, mom.

I am told often from my husband that I am being "Jerry" or "Madolyn" and it is true. 

I often tell jokes like my dad or start using "his" voice.  I am tough with my children but I am also goofy and affectionate with them.  I am a blend of both of my parents.

I have also learned from them that marriage can be hard.  There will be times when you want to walk away but I have also learned from them the joy of staying together. 

So, time will only tell what my children cringe over and laugh at…but I am OK with that because I will have the last laugh when they turn out just like US:-)

(all photos are from our trip back to my parent's farm this summer)

Are you becoming YOUR parents? How do you feel about it?


Just a reminder that TODAY (Thursday, December 16 is the last day my shop will be open until the new year).  I want to have everything shipped by Friday.

If you place an order it will be automatically shipped priority {and I will foot the bill for the upgrade}:-)

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  1. Heather

    In many ways I have always been the parent….even at 6…so I “turned into” my Grandfather, my Grandmother, My uncles and I am actually very proud of that. I love that I have given my children what they need and not made them over indulged, spoiled brats. I set the bar higher in some situations than was set for me and I am OK with that too. But I do love doing things like, rolling down the window and yelling “I LOVE YOU” at the top of my lungs when I drop off my kids at school…the way they look at me and cringe is enough to make me giggle all day.

  2. Courtney Walsh

    1. I love the shirt you’re wearing in the picture with you and Jack.
    2. I would like to join in your kids’ crusade against chemicals in our produce. And don’t get me started on whatever they do to our meat. Just ew.
    3. I love you. πŸ™‚ And I think you’re a wonderful mommy.

  3. Kathryn

    I don’t have children but I often find myself saying stuff my mother said to my cats! Sad but true. I was the eldest child so I use ‘and you should know better’ on my eldest cat, got to laugh.

  4. Traci

    hi madolyn, nice to meet you, my name is cindy. hahaha. yes, i have turned into my mother. so funny. we laugh about it all the time. well sometimes i cringe. but that’s ok.

  5. paige

    ok, i feel like a nutrition underachiever as i have never heard of red 40, so clearly my children are consuming.
    we are on the same page with the heater!
    had no idea your baby girl was named after your mom.
    i love that
    funny thing. smk was at school ‘getting on to’ one of her buddies about his unsafe driving. and she then declared…oh my , i’m paige, in front of her senior posse πŸ™‚

  6. Jennifer Rizzo

    You have to tell me where you found the candy at because the only thing I could find is candy canes for our tree from whole foods with beet coloring….So chocolate it is! Red 40 is in everything! MY SIL is in from England and they have none of that in their food and don’t allow GMO’s.

  7. Claire

    Yes. I am becoming my parents more everyday. I too love and appreciate it. Thanks for reflecting the joy and simplicity of the Christmas season as well. Your writings bless my soul. Thank you.

  8. gabrielle messina

    This is such a wonderful post, I have to tell you! Your kids are the cutest things and what smart little cookies too! It’s wonderful that you make them aware of what’s in the conventional food out there. I totally get the spending $50 on candy. I do the same, but figure that money is much better spent on what goes inside them, than on some frivolous plastic toy that is destined for a landfill. At our pizzeria, we hire sixteen year olds, and it’s scary to see that so, so many of them don’t even know how to sweep, because their parents never have them do chores! These kids are not passionate about anything! These parents should be so proud, the’ve turned their children into complete mush! P.S. Where do you order your candy from? I’ve just ordered some of the Yummy Earth gummy bears…. and ate all of them!! I can’t have those things in my house too delish!!They were supposed to be for Christmas for my kids…. wandering over to order some more!

  9. I Love Pretty Little Things

    What a blessing to grow up in such a wonderful home with good, solid, and loving values! It’s so good that you are passing it along. I also grew up in rural Illinois. I would play in the corn fields. And, yes, I often hear my mother’s voice come out of my mouth. Sometimes I am happy about that, then there are those other moments…Ha Ha She was a Wonderful Mom!!!
    Enjoy your Darlings!-And they are darling πŸ™‚

  10. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    I bought a box of Little Debbie Christmas trees as a surprise last week. They have red ornaments. Can we still be friends???
    I loved reading this post and learning a little more about you!
    I’m SO with you on the singing all day long and smothering them in love. And…I HATE folding the whites! Especially the socks. Oh, it’s so BAD. Especially when they are ALl inside-out.
    ps- I leave ’em inside out.
    The end.

  11. Sue

    “If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother (another).” Thanks for the great post.

  12. Leah C

    I think I “became” my parents the minute I gave birth to my firstborn:) And I’m ok with that…like you, I’m proud of it! Wonderful post, Jeanne:)

  13. Alicia @ La Famille

    oh goodness, i just spent the day with my mom baking for christmas. we pretty much finish each other’s sentences…yep, i have become my mother. and that’s ok with me. i luv my mama πŸ™‚

  14. chrissy

    dear jeanne….
    this is a beautiful post.
    everything about it.
    thank you so much for sharing your words. i needed them so.
    i am going to sit with your question for a thoughtful bit.
    your family is a precious as you.
    i love you dear sister.
    merry christmas.

  15. Amy

    Beautiful post. It always surprises me when I do something and I immediately feel like my mama. As for the candy, my children aren’t allowed to eat any candy made in China. Fortunately, they do not complain, they just know they have to have me check it out first. And even more fortunately they wait until we are in private before asking me so as not to offend the giver πŸ™‚

  16. lisa

    What ever you are doing to ensure a healthy life for you and your lovies is paying off…. glowing skin, beautiful smiles, shiny hair… you’ll are so fresh and healthy! Good job mama!! I also want to know what camera you use… your photos are always so vibrant.

  17. Dore

    Ms. “J”
    I adore your Bo-ho chic-ness with that cool blouse you are wearing and you and your Son look so much alike, yet picture when you show Dad with them look like him as well, great combo kids πŸ™‚
    I too will dance crazy in front of my daughter and with her and her college friends “Laughing-out-loud”
    Yes I am sure in the back of her mind she is saying stop! stop your crazy-ness Mom you are embarrassing me!!
    The whole Red 40 thing made me and my daughter LOL!! we do the same thing and much more, in fact my daughter reads what is in eveything that she picks up πŸ™‚
    Keeping it as healthy as we can πŸ™‚
    Enjoyed this post, stay beautiful.
    Joyeux Noel

  18. Shanon Gallegos

    I, too love to “red 40”. We could NEVER have “red dye #2” growing up. No marchiano (sp?) cherries on top of our 1 birthday sundae we got each year. I still dislike them to this day….
    I love that part of me is my mom, I like to think I got her good traits and tied them with my own.
    I grew up in rural Vermont and I do wish my kids could experience that…playing in “the woods” was our daily pasttime. How we longed for pavement for our bikes and other friends to play with! Pros and cons both ways, I guess.
    I continue to look your blog up first each day, thanks so much for sharing!

  19. kimberly at mimicharmante

    For a while, I thought I was becoming my mother, but realizing that gave me what I needed to make some significant changes. But that is a conversation for another day.
    I loved this post my friend – you are an incredible woman, and friend.
    Have a marvelous weekend,

  20. Sami Jo

    I am totally and completely my mother – I look like her from my chubby mama hands to my flat booty and my “stauffer” nose. no doubts about it. I’m a good combo of my mom and dad really as I’ve got the ability to keep my cool like my daddy but be fun and cheery like my mama. There are those things I also do differently which makes me ME and for that I am also SO proud of. I hope and pray that my boys will take the good, leave the bad and all the while striving any way they know how to – most importantly – be Christlike. Loved the pictures and loved learning more about YOU!
    Hearts, SJ
    ps – YOU are so talented & I love your Etsy store.

  21. Lara

    Lovin’ these close-ups of the kidlets…they are so beautiful, just like you my blondey friend.
    I think you are an amazing mom!
    I love you, Jeanne!

  22. kana

    I think it is good to embrace some things about our parents….that way they live on through your children. Even if they don’t like it when you say or do it! I love the photos of your children. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!

  23. LLH Designs

    This post was such a fun one to read. It’s also nice to know Im not the only one spending $50 when others are spending $5 just so my kids can have natural trays and clean food. I’ll tell them they aren’t the only ones! πŸ™‚
    Merry Christmas!

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