A Belated Mother’s Day

While I was working on Mother’s day, now that I have a few days off, I’m getting caught up! Here is my ode to my mom, many of you know her as Jo from Jo’s Country Junction, a popular quilting/farm life/family blog.

A lot of people get me confused with my older sisters Kelli and Kayla. Kelli is into quilting, they even published a quilt book together and have been featured in many quilting magazines. Kayla is super crafty and has her own blog about crocheting and knitting and whatever crafty thing she is up to.

I am not crafty whatsoever but like the song goes, “Mama tried.” She really did but a zebra can’t change its stripes and sewing/quilting is NOT my jam. She loves me anyway. I’ve grown an appreciation of the time, effort, and talent that goes into making a quilt or project.

I’m the baby of five. The birth order is 2 girls, 2 boys, and then me. We would always joke “the girls, the boys, and then Kalissa.” I was always mom’s buddy and I still am.

I live just a few blocks from her. The boys and I ride our bikes over to her house and she’s a part of my daily routine. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t talk to her or visit her.

We’ve been through a lot together in the past year since my dad died last June. We’ve become very close as a family.

One of my favorite things about my mom is the role she plays in our lives as “grandma Joey” to my boys. They adore her and she’s always willing to help us out for midnight ER visits, doctors appointments, or letting Craig and I get a date night together. She’s always there with a pice of wisdom, a shoulder to cry on, or some tough love.

She is truly the strongest woman I know. Love you mom!



  1. Stearns Carol
    May 14, 2020 / 2:10 pm

    A great tribute to Mom!

  2. Donna
    May 14, 2020 / 6:49 pm

    She truly is a great mom and a sweet, loving person! You are truly blessed.

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