Meet Deborah and Eleanor

Deborah and Eleanor

Meet my mom, Deborah.

My mom is amazing! She is an extraordinarily talented cook and baker. Her work out schedule would make Bruce Lee look like an amateur. She has this funny way of expressing her ideas; she will use her hands and arms to make gestures but she won’t say anything and I will know exactly what she is talking about, even after we have had a whole conversation a few minutes earlier about something completely different.

What I admire most about her is…

I most admire the way she takes care of everybody else around her before even thinking about herself. She has this amazingly selfless soul that I have always loved.

My favorite thing to do with her is…

I love taking hour long walks with her. It turns into a laughing fest and one of us saying how we should be on a reality TV show with just each other and just on our walks because the rest of the time, we are completely boring.

Ways we are most similar …

I think the way we think about things is very similar. If she finds something funny, I will; if she feels as though something is off, I will feel the same thing. We have become very adept at reading each other’s minds and knowing exactly what the other is thinking.

Ways we are most different…

The way we handle stress is super different. When I handle stress, I am visibly stressed, I am scatterbrained, everyone knows I am stressed, I break out, it’s not pretty. When my mom handles stress, she becomes very introverted and very quiet; if you know her well, you can tell she is stressed, but from the outside, it’s fairly hard to see.

I think our mother-daughter relationship is so special because…

We understand each other. We are basically the same person, only 32 years apart. Our adventures become such special memories that I cherish and will cherish for decades to come and the older we get, the closer we get, the more intimate our relationship becomes. My mom is the most important person in my life and I think that is definitely one of the main reasons our relationship is so special. So many people take for granted their mom and I try to include her in things we do and treasure the time we have together.

Meet my daughter, Eleanor.

She is a positive and energetic woman, who wears her heart on her sleeve. She loves deeply and with her entire being. She is a strong Christian – a true believer. She loves to sing to the radio when she drives.

What I admire most about her…

She is beautiful inside and out.

My favorite thing to do with her…

Take long walks and talk.

Ways we are most similar …

We think very similar thoughts and can often complete each other’s sentences.

Ways we are most different…

I am very patient and she is not.

I think our mother-daughter relationship is so special because…

We share our strong Christian faith and attend Christian concerts together – which is super special. We understand each other well – sometimes without even talking. We love to go out and eat sushi together. It cannot get much better than that!

Franklin Down: A Mother-Daughter Business Venture

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Cheryl and Sarah are a mother & daughter team who recently started a business together called Franklin Down.  Their passion is creating down throw pillows in designer fabrics, at affordable prices.  We were inspired by their story and thought you would be too! What is Franklin Down? Why & how did you start it? Sarah: Franklin Down is an online-based store for our handmade down throw … [Continue reading...]

Meet Madeleine and Katie

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  Meet my mom, Madeleine. My mom is the most amazing person I know. We all call her wonder woman or Momma Bear because she literally does it all and still finds time to be the ultimate mom. In spite of being a high ranking executive at large multinational companies most of our lives, my brother and I have always known that if we needed her, she would be there (even jumping on the first … [Continue reading...]

Jenna’s Blog from Thailand!

We posted a lot in the early summer about Jenna's trip to Southeast Asia and our efforts to stay connected. Jenna was a diligent little blogger and finished up all her writing before she left, but she treated us to a special blog from Thailand. This particular post hit an all-time high in readership - we were all anxious to hear about her deeply personal experiences and faraway … [Continue reading...]

Women and Weight (Ugh!)

What woman doesn't have angst over their weight at some point in their life? Unfortunately, many of us suffer from poor body images and let's face it, extra pressure or criticism from a mother or daughter doesn't help.  In this popular post, we shared our own issues with weight and how it's impacted our relationship.  Any of your own stories to share? Ellen… My friend Kim, who went from … [Continue reading...]

Keeping the Spark Long-Distance

In celebration of MDF's first anniversary, we will be featuring our top posts over the next four weeks. Not surprisingly, a favorite was our very first post, "Keeping the Spark Long-Distance." Mothers and their adult daughters often live in different places which adds a special challenge to maintaining a close relationship. How do you keep in touch when you are away from your mother or … [Continue reading...]

Jenna Blogs from Thailand!

We posted a lot in the early summer about Jenna's trip to Southeast Asia and our efforts to stay connected. Jenna was a diligent little blogger and finished up all her writing before she left, but she treated us to a special blog from Thailand. This particular post hit an all-time high in readership - we were all anxious to hear about her deeply personal experiences and faraway … [Continue reading...]

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  Despite the fact that it’s difficult for most mothers to be objective about their daughters (or because of it), they are extremely proud of them. From a baby’s first step, moms cheer their girls on at every stage and bask in their accomplishments. And if they’re lucky, daughters return that pride by viewing their mothers as role models. Here we ruminate about the topic of pride and … [Continue reading...]

Are you a prickly porcupine?

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Ellen... One day when I took a walk with my friend Karen and told her about My Mother, My Daughter, My Friend, she blurted “Boy, my daughter and I certainly struggle with our relationship!” What a surprise that was. I assumed that because she was a psychotherapist, she would have all the answers and would have an easy relationship with her daughter. After all, her frequent and loving Facebook … [Continue reading...]

Fighting Fair

No matter how good your mother-daughter relationship is, there are bound to be times that conflict arises and anger swells. We're not talking fist-fights here, but arguments where the weapons are hurtful words. Check out one of our most popular posts on “ fighting fair.” What are your strategies for avoiding fights with your mother or daughter? Ellen… Our family, like the one I was brought up in, … [Continue reading...]