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A Different Kind of Mother’s Day


Hello friends

And happy Friday. I had a different post prepared for today, but certain things didn’t quite work out. SO, I thought I would wish all the Moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day!

One of my Mother’s Day Outfits

Last year when Mom visited and we went to a French restaurant.

Years ago when we went out for sushi and martinis.

A few years ago at the Charlotte Symphony

A few years ago when mom visited.

A Mother’s Day weekend

It is a different kind of Mother’s Day, for sure this weekend.

Mothers are taking on many roles as the Caronivirus continues to keep us inside.

I have an appreciation for moms that are working by day, only to later teach their kids after their job.

Or perhaps ladies that are SAH moms having to teach school to their kids, and are learning how to do so themselves.

I applaud you for doing so! It’s quite a job.

So I hope everyone is celebrating their mom and showing appreciation.

My Mom. My mom is alone in Pittsburgh. My Dad passed away 4 years ago. Her plan was to visit after we all went to the beach this summer in Avalon, NJ. My hubby was to take her with us on the way home to Charlotte. Only that isn’t happening.

So, my brothers (2) and sister and I make an appoint to call her almost daily to see how she is and what she is doing. Just to chat.

We siblings had the idea to create a video each, speaking of what mom means, and giving it to my brother to splice to whether for Mother’s Day, along with some pictures we each submit. This will be a surprise. We are then going to video call early in the morning so we can all speak to her and give her the video.

We have planned some other “treats” for her day.

I bought this sea-green satin blouse at Mango. I also sent this Love Pop floral bouquet with a message, as I just love their cards!

My nephew, 2,  loves the Lion King and sings to my mom, “Hakuna Matata”. My brother bought her this sweatshirt to wear, which is perfect. It is needed! I love this vibrant pink color too.

My other brother Matt, bought and sent 4 pounds of gummy bears, caramel popcorn and Godiva Truffles. ( Mom is serious about her Candy!)

My sister figured wine would be appreciated at this time as well.

We hope to get a good picture of mom wearing the sweatshirt ( “No worries), eating candy and drinking wine. 🙂

My siblings, Mom and I are all going to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day via Zoom this year.

So beyond the gifts, just let Mom know how much she means.

That will always be the same no matter how different the day.

I’d love to hear how you are celebrating Mother’s Day this year?

Stay safe,

Jess xo


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  • Reply
    May 14, 2020 at 12:47 am

    Just Beautiful, all of it. Thank God we still have our mothers!!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 14, 2020 at 9:34 am

      Hi Neti, yes! Thank you!. Does your mom also live in the Carribean?

  • Reply
    May 10, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Jess, what a beautiful post! I love these wonderful pictures of you with your mom. And even though this year is different for so many, we still can appreciate all the moms out there doing their thing! Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day as well…because fur babies count as babies and they definitely grant you mom status!


  • Reply
    May 9, 2020 at 9:43 am

    I’m so glad your mom visited last year and you have such great memories from Mother’s Day! I think the special treats you and your siblings have planned will maker her day!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 9, 2020 at 11:52 am

      Yes, we had a great time then. I hope so 🙂

  • Reply
    May 8, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    I love how you included your mom in these photos. How wonderful to come up with a video for your mom…I just love that idea.
    Happy, happy Mother’s day

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 9, 2020 at 11:53 am

      Thank you Jodie! I can’t wait for her to see it!

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    Lisa K
    May 8, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    It’s no fun not being with your mum on special occasions. Fortunately for us in the UK Mother’s Day was in March just before we went into quarantine so I was able to visit. I am looking forward to a bit of normality now things seem to be slowing down but I don’t think we will ever be back where we were before all this happened :(. Anyway love reading your blog. I 5ft 10 so it is difficult to find clothes for tall people so often find inspiration in your posts although I am not a size 4 lol. More a US size 10 so I can’t pull off all of what you wear !!!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 9, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Hi Lisa
      So good that you could visit with your Mom. I did notice that Mother’s Day was a different time in the UK. I agree, I think it is going to take a while before things go back to what they were. Our state is moving very carefully and slowly. Thank you for the lovely comment about my blog. So glad you enjoy it! Nice to know another tall lady! 🙂

  • Reply
    eva @ StyleMyThrift
    May 8, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    I HAVE TO HAVE your white strappy shoes!! those are amazing!
    Happy Mum’s Day!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 9, 2020 at 11:52 am

      Hi Eva!
      I don’t have them anymore, but they were from Zara and they might have them on Poshmark.

  • Reply
    May 8, 2020 at 11:31 am

    It was so nice seeing you enjoying Mother’s Days past. It sounds like you and your sibs have a pretty great day planned for your mom despite the circumstances. She’s looking great–I hope she enjoys her treats! Hugs, Jess!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 8, 2020 at 11:38 am

      Hi Kim
      Thank you! Yes, we have had some lovely times! Mom visited last summer and she was going to do so this year. My siblings and I are a bunch of planners and we love to surprise her. I think she will enjoy the treats and I look forward to seeing pictures in action.
      Hugs to you too!

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    Amy Christensen
    May 8, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Your mom is blessed to have all of you looking out for her, even from a distance. My mom is alone too near Buffalo, NY. I am glad that my brother and his family are nearby. My oldest niece has been going over twice a week to help her clean and just spend time with her. I really miss her and hope things will open up eventually so I can get back to see her. We sent flowers, which she enjoys. Have a wonderful weekend, Jess. – Amy

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 8, 2020 at 10:45 am

      Thank you Amy. That is great to hear that your brother and family are near. It is difficult for people that are alone, so good that your niece can see her too.
      I bet she will love the flowers!
      You too Amy, enjoy the weekend

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    Michelle Churchman
    May 8, 2020 at 2:47 am

    Sounds like you have a lovely Mother’s Day planned from afar for your mom. My mom lives alone too. Fortunately, since she is just 10 minutes from us we have been seeing her once a week – moving up to twice a week since this thing is dragging on. We all feel safe getting together since we are all really strict with isolation and social distancing guidelines. I call her every night too. (I’m an only child.) On Saturday, after meeting federal guidelines for Covid-19 case reduction over a 14 day period, our state us going into phase one reopening. We are celebrating Mother’s Day on Monday to avoid any possible crowds, and have rented an electric boat to tour our little lake here at Lake Las Vegas. We will take a picnic lunch with us.

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      May 8, 2020 at 10:39 am

      HI Michelle,
      That is great that you can go see your mom. My sis and I are visiting here and there and we follow social distancing sitting far apart in the years. I think it is great that you are celebrating on Monday. My mom wont get the card I sent until she stops holding the mail. So, hopefully she will enjoy it after Mothers day. I love what you have planned!!

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