Happy Mother’s Day & more

Hello everyone! I don’t have any quilts to share with you today, but I wanted to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day! Whether or not you’re a mom or a caregiver or you still have a mom in your life, I hope you celebrate the amazing person you are. You deserve it!

I’m fortunate to say that my mom (and dad) are 88 years old and living on their own still. They are three hours away, and we saw them two weeks ago. My mom is next to the youngest of 13 children and the only one remaining now. She had five children of her own, and she has always been a very loving and generous person. Below is a photo of me with my mom and sister from two years ago (pre-Covid).

Happy Mother's Day @ The Crafty Quilter

For me, being a mother has been the most gratifying role I’ve had. When I was in high school, I had no idea what profession I wanted to follow, except that I wanted to be a mom. I was married at age 22 and at age 24, I had my first child followed by three more. And now I have three grandchildren which is just the frosting on the cake!

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, we went to visit them in Austin last weekend. My daughter is an amazing mother and I’m so proud of her (as well as her siblings). She’s had a rough year with three kids under the age of 6 at home ALL the time. Her husband (also amazing) has been working from home, too, so she’s really had to keep them busy and somehow quiet. I’m glad we were able to give them a break for a full 24 hours while they spent the night at a local hotel. In the photo below, I don’t remember what I was telling them, but I sure had their attention.


I have another reason to celebrate. May 7 is the day I met my husband 38 years ago, which was Mother’s Day at that time. He says it’s the most important day of his life (he is so sweet). Most people celebrate their wedding anniversary, but we celebrate the day we met as well. He brought me the most beautiful flower bouquet and we went out to dinner with a few friends and our daughter, Sara, at the same place we met (although it’s a different restaurant now and a whole other story).

The picture below is from this past Thursday. We went to a beautiful outdoor wedding in Woodside, California, and took advantage of the spectacular views at the venue for a photo. We were so grateful to be at this wedding, and it was fun to get dressed up and socialize (safely).

Julie & Allen Cefalu on May 7, 2021 in Woodside, California

I have been busy in my sewing room working on quilt blocks for a few BOM’s I’m doing. I’ll show you pictures of them this week and I have a flying geese blog post to share too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

30 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day & more

  1. These are wonderful pictures. Your family story is so special and, in today’s society, missing from a lot of peoples lives. I can just imagine your daughter writing wonderfully about you in the same way you did about your mother.

  2. Happy Belated Mother’s day to you Julie and may you continue to make Happy Memories with your family. Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. Thanks for sharing those beautiful pics of your family. And thanks for the Mother’s Day wishes. I loved that “grandchildren are the icing on the cake”–SO true!! Your blog is my favorite!

  4. Julie,
    Thank you for sharing your pictures. I bet you had a wonderful childhood growing up with such a wonderful mother. My mother also had five children. She is 90 now and my dad is 92 and they still live in the house I grew up in. I cherish every moment that I get to spend with them, which is not often enough.

  5. What a wonderful family you have, and you are so lucky to have both of your parents still with you! I am a new quilter (I started very late), but I love reading your posts and getting some of your patterns (Fave Quilts) to try. I’ve been married to my husband for 35 years, this month, and we celebrate our “met ya” date, as well!

  6. What a great post! I loved reading your story today….
    and enjoyed the pictures, too
    Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Anniversary

  7. Dear Julie, Thank you for the Mother’s Day wishes, I enjoy your blog and pictures of your loving family are always welcome. Having worked in a flower shop for many years, I must tell you how beautiful your bouquet is! Mr. crafty quilter has great taste, hats off to your floral designer!
    I revisited your post from 6/30/15 and got a kick out of your # 7 fact about you. ” I could go for days without human interaction and I would be fine(of course this is a theory, since I haven’t had that luxury yet”
    You have passed the test this year for sure. That has been the hardest part for us not being able to see the grandchildren and friends this past year. We have three adult children and 5 grandchildren and are hoping they will stop by today for a visit. Spring has arrived in Deer Park, WA and we are enjoying our lilac trees just coming in to bloom. We are close to Spokane which is the “Lilac City” home of the fabulous Gonzaga Bulldogs # 2 in the NCAA this year!
    Happy Mother’s Day to you!
    Sue Hodges, Deer Park, Wa

  8. Hi, Great pictures. Looks like you been having a nice time with the family. Letting your daughter and husband have a night away was a wonderful gift I am sure.

  9. Truly a LOVE STORY of generations of a warm snd loving family! Happy Mother’s Day Every Day!

  10. Happy Mother’s day to you too! I love your newsletters with photos of your beautiful quilting.

  11. Thank you for taking the time out of your Mother’s Day to write such a lovely post. Your mom looks lovely and amazed that she was one of so many children. Always love looking at your quilting photos and your personal family photos. Have yourself a wonderful day!

  12. Happy Mother’s Day, lovely to hear you story, you have been blessed but you also have such a positive outlook and a warm and friendly personality, and so generous with your suggestions and tips, you reap what you sow.. Always look forward to hearing from you in this far and isolated tip of Latin America. Take care and enjoy!

  13. A beautiful post this morning. Congratulations to you and your husband on this special day (for many reasons.) Kudos to both of you. My sweet husband and I were both 21 when we were married so many years ago. After 56 years we still enjoy each others company. We have four outstanding children, each with a fabulous spouse. We also have nine special grandchildren who are growing up to be marvelous and productive. Yes, we are thankful and blessed. Thank you for letting me share on this special day. Continue to have “happy.” ❤️❤️

  14. Happy Mother’s Day Julie. Thank you for sharing a little part of your lovely family.

  15. Julie,
    Happy Mother’s Day to you and all the moms! It’s a grand day to celebrate!
    Enjoyed hearing about your life. I too couldn’t wait to be a mom and have 2 wonderful children and 4 grands to love! Enjoy all the delights that come your way!

  16. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Julie! What a blessed life you have. I, too, wanted to be a stay-at-home mother, and was so grateful that I could. (Married at 20, mother at 23!) Enjoy today and everyday! – Susan

  17. What a lovely sentiment from your husband! My husband is a keeper as well. Enjoy your Mother’s Day! I’m celebrating with iced cream.

  18. Happy anniversary to you both! Wishing you a day filled with love, joy, and wonderful memories of your motherhood over the years, with many more to come!

  19. Happy Mother’s Day. You have a lovely family. Enjoy them while you can. Love those flowers too!

  20. Julie, thanks for sharing your photos and the non quilting bits of your life. Happy Mother’s day to you!

  21. Julie, loved hearing about you, your mom, and all your family. Thank you for all you do for us readers.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you too!!

  22. Happy Mother’s Day to you. Thank you for sharing your memories and family photos. Brought tears to my eyes.

  23. Although it is not Mother’s Day here in the UK, I have a daughter in the States and another in Canada who are both mothers, so I am definitely thinking of them and all Mums today. Have a relaxing time.

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