She Is Known By Many Names


She is known by many names, but to me it’s mom…!

Today is my mom’s birthday and this blog post is dedicated to her. A few days ago I asked her what she wanted for her birthday. This can sometimes be a painful exercise as often the answer is “I don’t know, I will have to think about it.” Although having said that, my mom is usually pretty easy to buy for. We don’t go big on birthdays but it is always nice to give a little something. My dad now on the other hand, whose birthday is a few days away too, is a whole different story!

But this time I was surprised, my mom’s reply to my question was, “Well I’ve actually thought about it and I have a list of three things I would like for my birthday.”

Goody I thought! This was going to be easy this year.  She went on to tell me:

# 1.         Donate the money I would have spent on her gift to the charity I am raising funds for in memory of Emma (SA Cystic Fibrosis Trust).

# 2.         Put the money into my savings account for my Africa trip.

# 3.         Split the money giving half in memory of Emma and half towards your Africa trip.

No guess which one I chose!

Tonight, I’m going to go and cook her dinner and because I know she loves flowers, I’ll be bringing a bouquet especially for her.

Happy birthday mom and thank you for your kindness & generosity!  I know you were as fond of Emma as I was.


For Mom


“I don’t need money

And I’m not in trouble, again

Just wanted you to know

You’ve more than my mom,

You’re my friend

Thanks for the unconditional love;

You’ve never failed to treat me

Like your angel from above.

Thanks for constantly pulling my butt

from the fire;

You never accepted poor effort

So I always aimed higher

You say this is a mother’s job,

But you never got a check.

Not even Bill Gates’ bank account

Could cancel such a debt.”


~ By Natasha Neimi


Without you mom, I know I would be lost.  Thank you for the gift you gave today!

Have a beautiful and very blessed birthday!!

Much love always



A note to everyone

With all your help, I have managed to raise R2 293,41 for those living with Cystic Fibrosis so far!! Wow, thank you!!

If you too would like to donate money towards the charity I am raising funds for, please click on the link below ~ Donations of any size are gratefully accepted!

All money donated goes directly to The South African Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

If you would like more information on The South African Cystic Fibrosis Trust please click on my menu bar at the top of this page.  

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. margii73
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 22:41:35

    Thats really lovely – such a lovely post Lara – what a lovely thing your mom is going to do – moms really are the best xxxx


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