Messages from Children and Grandchildren on Mother's Day 2014 (Camber had suggested it would be nice if everyone sent me a message of a happy memory with me)
Happy Mother's Day to a lovely Mother-in-law! You have been a fabulous role model and lovely grandmother to all of your sweet grandchildren!! Thank you for being such a kind and creative mother to my husband! You taught him work ethic, service to his fellow man, integrity and commitment to family. Your sacrifice and dedication will continue to bless the lives of others through your sweet children and grandchildren. We all love you, Camber.
From: Meagan Hardy
I have So many memories of grandma so it's hard to choose. One of my favorite things that Grandma used to do when I was little is make Swedish pancakes for breakfast. I remember waking up in the upstairs bedroom of her La Jolla house and hearing all the pots and pans clanging and the kitchen noises, knowing that she was making breakfast and feeling really happy. Swedish pancakes are still my favorite!
Another memory from the La Jolla house is the big Gardenia bush that was next to the front door. I loved the smell of it and still to this day when I smell or see gardenias I think of Grandma. Now it's one of my favorite flowers!
Another good memory is when Grandma visited me in Hong Kong and we did a yoga class together. Grandma is so adventurous!
From: Tanner Pulsipher
Well, I am sitting here in a super hot, super ghetto computer shop in a place called La Carlota in the Philippines. And thinking about you Grandma almost brings back so many awesome memories. From the cabin in Yellowstone, to Lake Almanor, to you living with us for a couple weeks. There are so many and it's making me a little homesick thinking about all of them but there are two that stand out to me. They were so long ago and such little things but they will always be dear to me. The first one was when I was 11 or 12 and you took me out for a night on the town just the two of us. We went to Jack in the Box and then you took me to see a movie (Treasure Planet) haha. I don't remember all the stuff we talked about but I remember how much it meant to me that you were willing to spend time with me and take me to see a movie that you probably had absolutely no desire to watch. ha
The second was in middle school when you were living with us and you took over for my Mom in home schooling me... ha I remember how much fun it was and when we would get to a problem that neither of us could figure out how to do we would just give up and wait for someone else to get home. haha And how could I ever forget about all our memories in Park City and Lake Almanor. Anyways Grandma, my point is that you have been such a huge influence in my life. You are an amazing mother and an even better grandmother. I will never forget all of the life lessons that I have learned from you and I can't wait until my home coming to see you and the rest of the family. I love you Grandma! Palangga ta ka kag ayaw mo ako malipatan! kita ay ta in 6 months! Happy mothers day...
From: Mike Valko
I enjoyed getting to know Grandma and my Grandog, Bandido, during my stay with them. I always try to emulate the great recipes she made while I was there, but its never quite the same (especially the chili!). Even Bandido would demand a cut of the tasty meal every day, and was spoiled by it, but Grandmothers are made to spoil others, and she does it well. Her place in Almanor has many fond memories for me to reflect upon, and I miss the quiet atmosphere of the solemn woods. The east coast lacks that certain reverence. Happy Mother's Day, Janet! Enjoy a relaxing day in that lakeside forest for me!
From: Kristi Stewart
One of my best memories of Grandma was when Meagan and I went with her and Grandpa to Yellowstone. It was so cool to be with them away from their stresses of life. They went country dancing together. We went hiking. Even bought a new car because the old one broke down on the way. It was so fun to have them all to ourselves.
I loved playing dress up in her room with all her dresses and nightgowns. And putting on her makeup. She came to Reno with my mom to help me move and care for Kate while we were packing. I appreciated her being willing to help. And It was good for Kate to spend 5 days with her Great Grandma's undivided attention.
My kids always look forward to her E cards she sends for holidays and birthdays. I feel like even though I don't get to see Grandma much she is always thinking about my family.
Grandma has always been interested in our personal lives and been genuinely interested in what we were doing and feeling. This is a quality I need to work on so I appreciate her example. Love you Grandma, thank you for being so wonderful.
From: Linda Pulsipher
My greatest memories of mom (Janet) were from our childhood. We had a very happy childhood with lots of love and good memories. I have good memories of her serving in the church. She had a desk set up in the garage while she was Relief Society president and I remember seeing her there organizing and taking care of people on the phone. When she served in the stake primary presidency, they held their meeting at the bay while all of us children happily played in the sand.
She sewed costumes, planned parties, taught wonderful lessons and cared for others. My mother was always willing to open her home to extended family members. (Something that I admire much more now, than I did then.) I have memories of family home evening with her beautifully dressed in a long skirt with her hair done while presenting a flannel board story. Why I remember that, I don't know, but it did make an impression on me.
My mother has always been a wonderful example to me, I will always be grateful for her life of service and sacrifice for others. Love you mom!
From: Kelly Pulsipher
I loved when grandma would tell me all about her dating life and how hot all the guys were while we try out new gluten free recipes and cookies while she stayed in Carlsbad with us... We are both divas and I love that.
I love grandma because she is always so classy, real and genuine. I remember when we would all dress up in her silky pajamas and put on all of her different lipsticks. We didn't look as good as grandma always does but we always tried.... I also remember when she was so candid about her experiences growing up. She would give Kelly and I dating advice and she wouldn't hold anything back. She is always concerned about what is going on in our lives and always offers advice through personal experiences of her own. I love to hear her stories and talk about things she went through when she was our age. I love my Grandma Janet!!!!! Happy Mother's Day!!!
From: Sarah Pulsipher
My favorite memories with grandma Janet were in Lake Almonor. From the snow cones and lip syncs to the log cabins and homemade Hershey's ice cream. Her warm and comfy little house makes me feel right at home. I appreciate everything my grandma has done for me and I love her so much! Happy Mother's Day Grandma Janet!
I have many fond memories of Grandma, over many years of visiting her in San Diego, traveling with her, and going to her house in Lake Almanor. Some of my younger memories include playing with her paper dolls, and putting on her makeup. But my favorite memories are my most recent ones, I love talking to her on our long drives to and from San Diego. She is probably one of my favorite people to talk to. I love hearing about her many life experiences, and learning more about Grandpa and John, who I really only got to know through her stories and blogs of them. I really wish I could visit her in Lake Almanor more often.
From: Craig Pulsipher
I've always admired Grandma Janet for her intelligence and thoughtfulness. I love spending time with her because she shares my curiosity for the world and she's always learning something new. She also cares deeply about her family and celebrates each person's unique qualities. I've always felt like I could be open and honest with her and she would respect and love me just the same. I love you Grandma!
From: Mitch and Matt Valko
My fondest memory of Grandma was a time when Mike, Matt and I were visiting her all together. Usually with three boys with the behavior that we have would be overwhelming but grandma had seemed to embrace it and do well with it.
Not taking any free time she was able to have us all stay busy helping her out, Mike washing her car/working in the garage to clean it up for her while me and Matt were doing some spring cleaning in her yard.
With the work ethic we all have we were able to do a job that could take weeks for her in a matter of days.
Once the job was done and we were all tired, grandma insisted on pampering us all with a tasty dinner. She is an awesome cook and knows how to feed some hardworking men!
Everyday I see her now I want to help in anyway I can and make sure she can get done what needs to get done, I know she appreciates us and I appreciate her so much, too, she's done a lot for us and I thank her for that.
From: Maria Rasimas
Mothers Day always gives me an opportunity to reflect on what a great mother you have been to me for 50 years. Yes, we have had some head bashing at times because of differing opinions and perspectives but that is just reflective of the strong woman you are and the strong children you have raised. We see that same quality in the next generation as we witness our children, your grandchildren, spreading their wings into adulthood and flying all over the world experiencing new and exciting adventures.
I have many memories of you singing around the house, throwing parties with hilarious games, sewing us fun pajamas for Christmas, and baking a bounty of the most delightful of goodies. Our home was a fun and a safe place to grow up. You have been an example of a woman with both grace and style as well as one who takes care of business and does what needs to be done to survive. Qualities that are much admired by many. I have especially enjoyed our more recent travels to London, Denmark, Sweden and Canada. I'm so grateful we got to spend that time together as mother and daughters, memories I will always cherish with both you and Linda.
This year especially, I am deeply grateful for the relationship you have with my children. You have had the stable home for them to visit and crash when needed, that I don't. You welcome them, dote on them, support and accept them despite their differing views on life, difficulties in finding a path for their futures, and such limited funds to figure any of it out with. You have been a safe haven for them many times and in many ways. I never had a close relationship with my grandparents so I've really appreciated the relationship you have enjoyed with my own children. They are so lucky to have had so much of your time and attention all these years. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for that.
This Mother's Day my hope for you is that you won't waste one moment feeling badly for what you may perceive as missing the mark in mothering, we certainly all have our flaws and regrets in areas we wish we had done better with our own children. But I hope instead you can reflect on the profound and positive impact you have had on molding not only all of your own children to become who they are, but also a whole lot of grandchildren that each feel deeply touched by the presence you have been in their lives!
No matter how poorly or the flawed way we may show it at times, please remember that you are deeply loved and appreciated as both a mother and a grandmother.
Happy Mothers Day, I love you.