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On The Cover: Celebrating MomsTBy Caroline Turneyhe celebration of motherhoodcan be traced back to ancientGreek and Roman civilizations when festivals were held to honor goddess figures such as Rhea and Cybele. Later, the early Christian church began to observe “Mothering Sunday” on the fourth Sunday during Lent.Mother’s Day became a national holidayin the United States in May of 1908. Anna Jarvis initiated the celebration in memory of her deceased mother and in honor of all the sacrifices women make on behalf of their children.It is possibly the hardest job a woman can choose. Sleepless nights and immeasurable investments of time, treasure, and talent are poured into each little life. And a momfeels every high and every low that her child experiences throughout their life.This Mother’s Day let’s take a moment to say, “Thank you!” to each selfless woman who is giving of herself to raise healthy, contributing members of society. Motherhood is a beautiful career unto itself, worthy of honor and gratitude.5 Fun Activities to Celebrate Mom This Mother’s DayYBy Paige Wolfou may have already askedyourself, “What can I do for momthis Mother’s Day?” If you want to spend quality time with her and give her an experience rather than a typical Mother’s Day gift, we’ve got you covered! Check out our 5 fun activities to celebrate mom on this special day.Cook Mother’s Day Brunch at Home Going out to a crowded restaurant on Mother’s Day weekend can be a hassle. Skip the long wait times and make Mother’s Day brunch at home this year. Plan a fun breakfast to make with her, or surprise her with breakfast in bed with her favorite pancakes or waffles!Winery TripTexas has no shortage of wineries, and luckily, there are several around the Boerne,Bulverde & Spring Branch, and New Braunfels areas. If you want to make a little more of a drive, head out to Fredericksburg for several wineries all along highway 290. Either way, mom is sure to love a trip out to enjoy her favorite reds or whites!Hit the SpaYou can’t go wrong with a relaxing spa weekend! Plan facials, massages, and mani- pedis to give mom the full treatment. It doesn’t matter if it’s a spa day at home or at a resort, moms love to be pampered. And who deserves pampering and relaxation more than a mother?Clean the HouseHave the whole family pitch in (or hire a professional cleaning service, we won’t tell!) and clean the house. And if you really want to go the extra mile for mom, doing a coupleloads of laundry never hurt anybody!Head out to the Farmer’s MarketTake mom out to your local farmer’s market to browse fresh produce, local food findings, handmade goods, and more to make for the perfect Mother’s Day weekend activity. P.S. – surprise mom and pick up some fresh flowers while you’re there for the perfect Mother’s Day bouquet!Whatever activity you choose to celebrate mom on this special day, she’s sure to love it, and even more, she will love spending quality time with her family and creating memories.She carefully measured and gave me insulin shots each day. She pricked my fingers to test my blood sugar multiple times a day. She ensured that I ate food by cooking whatever it took to make sure my sugar didn’t go low. Never did she let on she was upset or saddened by this life that was thrown upon us. My mom is one of the strongest people I know. She raised me to be strong, independent, and capable of anything, despite my diabetes. She would smile in the face of fear. Thank you, mommy, for everything. I get it now.MotherWas ADownToEarth, Had A Great Sense of Humor & WasA Bit MischievousMBy Kathleen Bansey Mother was born in Southern California, there met my father, they married and started theirfamily. In 1968 they moved to Shavano Park and have been there ever since. They have been married 67 years, and have 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, and 7 great grands with 3 more on the way. What a legacy!For most of her life mom was a homemaker but had her degree inMother - continued on page 9I’ll Love You Until The EndOf TimeHBy Glenda Rastow do I describe a woman who was the most amazing woman I ever knew? She was strong,caring, smart, and brave. She silently fought the battles that life threw at her with such grace and silent dignity. She was always there when I needed her no matter how many miles separated us. Though we didn’t have much money when I was small, I never knew that as she could make small things seem fun and important.She loved Christmas and clowns but most of all...her grandson. She was a loyal friend to many and an inspiration to all that knewher. Herbiggestbattlewasagainstan autoimmune disease called Scleroderma.She lost her battle on June 7, 2016. Though the disease stole her health and, ultimately, her life it never took away herThank You Mommy Forspirit. Mom, you are no longer in pain and while my heart rejoices in knowing you are free, I miss you so very much. I’ll love you until the end of time.TBy Ariel Lynchhere are things you do not know,happy and heathy as most moms do. As a type one diabetic since the age of five, my mother cared for me in a way that most never have to care for their children.Everythinguntil you know. Becoming a momis one of them. My mom did everything she could for me to keep me6www.bsbhighlights.comMay 2023

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