My Mom ❤ My Teacher

Mother’s Day is here!  This is a special day and is a chance for families to show their appreciation to their mothers.  It is a day we celebrate and honor our mothers and maternal figures.  Today I would like to celebrate my mom, Gracie Rodriguez.   Where do I start? Well, let me just start by saying that I am blessed to have the relationship that I have with my mom. We are very close and I consider her my best friend.  My mom and my dad, Rene raised three children: my older brother, Rene, me and my younger sister, Alyssa.  We are who we are today because of them.   My mom is not only an awesome mom but now she is the ultimate nana!  She has four grand children: Jacob, Auggie, Camilia and Sofia Luna.  WE LOVE YOU MOM/NANA!!!

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Nana Gracie with her grandkids (+ Tata Rene too)

My mom is a retired school teacher.  She worked with the Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) in Tucson, Arizona for over 30 years.  She has had (and continues) to have a positive impact on her past students lives and the surrounding community, especially near Elvira Elementary on the southside of town.

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When I started kindergarten, I felt so excited because I was going to the school where my mom was a teacher! I was finally going to see where she worked!  This day will be forever etched in my mind.  I remember walking with my mom to the teacher lounge, getting a donut and then listening to my mom talk to another teacher about lesson plans and the school days ahead.  Watching my mom in ‘action’ and witnessing the power she had in providing knowledge to children is something that I believe empowers me to this day.  As a full-time working mom, I know I can balance my life because I had my mom as a role model and someone who would leave her work space and return home to us.  After I became a mother, I felt like I understood my mother better.  I feel like I am now able to see things through her eyes.  Our connection is special.

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Baby Alyssa getting baptized.  My nana Erlinda served as her godmother. My mom and nana were very close. ❤ They lived down the street from one another!
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Pony Rides (all the time)! Baby Selina + Lil Rene = Fun Times!
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The three of us; we would always go places together.
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Preschool Field Trip!
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My mom always celebrated our birthdays! This one was at Peter Piper Pizza (12th/Ajo).

When I moved to Los Angeles, it was bittersweet.  I was excited for my new adventure but I was so sad to say good-bye to my family, especially my mom.  On their way back to Arizona, my sister taught my mom how to text.  This one move has saved me from being homesick.  Every morning and throughout the day, my mom and I text.  We send funny pictures, serious stories and I always wait for her to leave a ‘daily affirmation.’  When thinking about how I wanted to frame this blog, I was actually inspired by her and our daily conversations.  You see, I share my whole day with my mom. Well, some days are good and some days are ehhh.  But whatever the case, after I hang up, my mom will send me a text message with a sentence reassuring me that I am on the right path.  Being the teacher that she is, Gracie has taught us a thing or two about life.  She has taught us many lessons about being book smarts and life smart.

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Familia Rodriguez

If you read her messages below, my mom shares an important piece of advice that will last you a lifetime.  These are some of the favorite ones she has shared with me.  One day, I will share these same daily affirmations with my daughter, Sofia Luna and hopefully she will be able to pass on too.

  • ONE DAY AT A TIME

  • TOMORROW ANOTHER DAY

  • COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

  • BE YOUR OWN PERSON

  • TRY NOT TO GO TO BED ANGRY

  • HAVE FAITH. PRAY OFTEN FOR DIRECTION.

  • FIND YOUR SANCTUARY. MINE IS MY BACKYARD

  • TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. ADMIRE SUNSETS, BEAUTIFUL WEATHER, FRESH  CANDLES.

  • HONOR TRADITIONS (JUST LIKE OUR CHRISTMAS SHOWS THAT WE’VE HAD FOR MANY YEARS).

  • TAKE WALKS AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH.

  • ALWAYS HAVE A NICE SHADE OF LIPSTICK IN YOUR PURSE.

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Gracie + confirmation day. My mom has a strong faith in God!
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Beautiful Gracie!
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Hippie Child

GRACIE

I hope that you find these daily affirmations inspiring, and not just because my mom is an incredible woman.  Mi Reina Mobile Boutique is encouraging everyone to honor – or remember- their mothers. We’d love to invite you to come (re) connect with us at our motHERHOOD Pop-Up on Saturday, May 20th from 9am-2pm at House Of Neighborly Service.

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Author: mireinaboutique

Mi Reina Mobile Boutique is the most unique and innovative way to shop for clothes and accessories in Tucson and Southern Arizona. “Mi Reina” is in the process of becoming a fully renovated vintage trailer that offers more than fashion. Mi Reina’s goal is to make every person who visits the 1961 Siesta Liner to leave away feeling like a queen, inside and out. Every reina, or queen deserves to feel beautiful. Mi Reina Mobile Boutique made its debut in Fall 2016.

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