Sunday, May 11, 2008

To my angel mother

I have an amazing mother.

My mom is generous to a fault. She spoils my children and she spoils me and Joel. She loves to give of her time, talents and means to help her family and her friends. It makes her happy to make others happy.

My mom is a hard worker. Whenever she is at my house, even if she just had shoulder surgery or something, she is constantly moving and getting things done. In fact, the last time she was here, the girls' room was a mess. They had dilly-dallied too much and didn't get it done. To top it off Bria said, "It's okay, Mom. Mamah is coming and she always cleans our room for us." Well, my mom arrived before we were home from choir rehearsal, and true to Bria's word, she had cleaned their entire room spotless by the time we walked in the door.

My mom is fun. She is the type of person who makes you feel happy when you are around her. She loves to laugh. A few months ago when she was visiting she came to Bria's violin lesson with us. The next time we had a lesson the teacher said to Bria, "Your grandmother is what I call a sunshine person. She brings light and warmth to everyone she meets."

My mom is in shape. I think many of you know this already. So many of my friends have taken her fitness classes at BYU or UVSC. Just about every one of my mission companions recognized her from my family picture because they had taken a class from her. And they all adored her. Nowadays, even more of my friends take her classes because she is on TV. She inspires many many people every day, and everyone can see how blessed I am to have her for my mother.

My mom is a fighter. She has been through many things in her life. One trial, in particular, was a disease called Transverse Myelitis. She got this shortly before I got married, and was paralyzed for a little while. I am amazed at her ability to have recovered from something so serious, but she did it. She is again, an inspiration to many. You can see her talk about it here. (Actually, looks like you'll have to scroll down to the bottom and then choose the week of 3/15/2008. She will come up in the box called Faces of BYU, and you can play the video there.)

My mom is good. She is kind. She understands the Atonement. She taught me well as I was growing up under her roof and continues to teach me many things. I only hope that I can be just as good a mother as she was. If I can do that, then I know I have succeeded.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

I love you!!!!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I love your mom too.
    except when I hate her.
    And then I REALLY HATE HER, but it's usually before I'm really awake.

  2. That is so sweet! What a great mom you have :D

  3. Lara,
    I'm so proud of you for the wonderful tribute you paid to your Mother. It makes me feel pretty good to know that I married such a wonderful women myself and I take it as a wonderful compliment that my children feel the way they do about the woman that I married. After all she kinda had to raise me too.
    Love Dad

  4. My darling daughter: What a wonderful surprise to have your blog honoring me! I can't even put into words what it mean't to me. Thank you with all my heart for sharing those special insights. I KNOW those girls of yours will be just like YOU, a special and wonderful daughter that every mother could ever want!!! I am blessed! I love you!

  5. I love your Mom too-she is a Sunshine person. You two have such a great Mother/daughter relationship.

    We heard about Chloe's tooth last night-Kanoa thought that was sooo cool!

  6. Lara~

    I got the great pleasure in getting to know your mom better this past semester, and what a blessing she is! I have (seriously) never been so inspired and felt sooo much unconditional love. I just love her! You can feel her kind spirit just being around her. You are one lucky girl....and so are your girls, because you will be that wonderful mother that your mom taught you!

    I love you and those three precious girls of yours. Happy Mothers day and Congrats on winning. You deserve every penny.


    P.S. I love my lil bro too...

  7. I Just had to say I LOVE Gina and Anne-Marie TOO!!