Dearest Girlfriends, Happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Unmother’s Day too XOXO . . . Happy May!  Here’s a song to celebrate this lovely special day . . .  MUSICA  I have a little story for you . . .

A wise Cherokee grandmother told her granddaughter about a battle that goes on inside people. She said, “My darling, the battle is between the two “wolves” that live inside us all. flowersOne wolf is Evil.  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false, pride, superiority, and ego.”

“The other wolf is Good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”


The little girl thought for a moment and then asked her grandmother, “Which wolf wins?”

The old grandmother put her hand on her granddaughter’s chin, tipped her head up, looked into her eyes and replied, “The one you feed.” 


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I have the perfect day planned.  First I write to you, then I go bake this blueberry angel food cake to take to a Mother’s Day party at my girlfriend’s house tonight . . .

Light and lemony . . . I’ve made this before, the recipe is below if you haven’t tried it, it’s a perfect cake for spring and you can use fresh or frozen berries.  Rather than separating the 12 eggs yourself, just buy plain egg whites, then it goes together in a snap.  And just think, it’s fat free!


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And then I call and shoot the breeze with my mom for a while ~ we have exciting family news to talk about . . . my niece had her baby yesterday, a 6 lb. 8 oz. baby boy, her first.  He’s beautiful, would you like to see him?


Karis's new baby boy Isn’t he the perfect Mother’s Day present? For my mom and sister and her daughter, perfect for the whole family. ♥  My dad is going to love seeing this picture! xoxo

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Ain’t life grand?  Oh yes!  Our tulips are still going strong ~ and I started my salad garden yesterday, crunchy fresh homemade organic salads, crisp tender leaves from our garden, I can’t wait!  I planted arugula, two kinds of parsley, lemon thyme, rosemary, and three kinds of lettuce so far.  And right now (it’s 6 am here) we have the softest gentlest rain that is going perfectly with my cup of lavender earl grey tea and Anne of Green Gables on TV  . . . it’s also making all my new little plants drippy, immersed in delicious rich compost and very happy.

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strawberry patch

But this is my most exciting thing in our garden right now.  The strawberries jumped out of the strawberry pot where they were originally planted and made themselves at home all over the garden!  Even into the path.  But that’s OK with me.  This looks like a bumper crop ~ and there is nothing like a juicy strawberry fresh from the garden, still warm from the sun.  I’m already thinking about jam and freezing and we haven’t even gotten to strawberry shortcake yet. But we will!



I hope you all have the most wonderful day.  Call all the mom’s you know and spread sunshine . . . and don’t forget your “Other Mother’s” ~ the women who’ve inspired and nurtured you. Forward them this post, they will have a Mother’s Day “card” with Musica to dream a dream on . . .  Sending love to all of you! XOXO


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229 Responses to XOXO MOTHER’S DAY

  1. Lee Rose says:

    Beautiful post! Happy mother’s day everyone.

  2. JoAnne Daniels says:

    Susan — thank you for the beautiful Mother’s Day thoughts and MUSICA.
    What a nice way to start my day. I’m only a dog and cat “mom” but that
    doesn’t matter. I’m up early to wrap Mom’s gifts — one of them is “Mom
    Tell Me Your Story” — so nicely put together by someone named Susan Branch.
    How thoughtful of her! This is really more of a gift for me than her, I think,
    but we’ll have fun filling it in together! I’m planning to bake a Victoria sponge
    cake (recipe from an old Victoria magazine) 2 layers filled with whipped cream
    and strawberry jam with whipped cream on top and real Pansies decoratively
    placed in the center. The morning here is starting off fine with warm sunshine.
    Susan — have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    • sbranch says:

      I’m a kitty mom myself, but it counts! Your sponge cake sounds wonderful JoAnne, happy mother’s day to your Mom!

    • judy says:

      My husband bought that cake at Publix. It had two layers, whipped cream, sliced strawberries between layers, sliced toasted almonds around the outside and the top had strawberries, sliced peaches, grapes, kiwi all in a glaze and artfully arranged. I wish I had made a photo!

  3. Maureen says:

    Thank you for a lovely post. Happy Mother’s Day to all!!

  4. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Susan, thank-you for this most beautiful post for Mother’s Day! I especially love that you reminded us to send wishes to our “other moms” because I was so fortunate to have a few of those in my life as well.Being a mother is complicated and it often leaves you with nagging doubts about your judgement and decisions. Your post pushes past that cloud to remind me that mothering is about living and what better way to celebrate than to set aside this day to focus on beautiful and lovely parts of every life and realize that we all try to make things the best they can be given the circumstances.

    PS. I love that Kitty Moms are included! My Mr. Bump has given me several of his best meows this morning!

  5. Jamie says:

    “Other Mothers…women who have inspired and nurtured us”? One of them would be you, my dear Susan Branch, for years of joy and inspiration you’ve brought to me. Happy Mother’s Day and thank you for this beautiful post!

  6. Barbara from Wolverine Lake MI says:

    Thanks Susan, loved the quote from the Cherokee grandmother !! so true – it’s so easy to follow that Evil wolf sometimes – stop it!! 🙂

  7. Peggy Cooper from Pueblo, CO says:

    Oh I just knew you’d have a wonderful Mother’s Day post! Thank you! And yes, he is a beautiful baby. A beautiful sunshiny morning right now. Hard to believe it’s supposed to get freezing cold and maybe snow later. But that’s okay. Four magazines came in the mail yesterday, so I think my day is planned for me with my feet up and a kitty on my lap. Happy Mother’s Day to you and to all the girlfriends.

  8. Suzanne says:

    What a perfect start to Mother’s Day! In a way you are Mother to us all…♥ You do what all loving Moms do – wrap your loving arms (in words) around us just when we need it the most.

  9. Laurie Walt says:

    Happy Mothers Day Mother Earth!

  10. Nancy says:

    Thanks for your words of hope. Have a wonderful day! Nancy

  11. Susan P says:

    Dear Susan,

    I say this from my heart. To the lovely woman that has inspired me…given me joy and laughter and musica and wonderful works of art. THANK YOU for your artistic soul and your kindred spirit…for all the love that you have given and shared with so many. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO YOU !!!! Love, Susan P.

  12. Sherry Palla says:

    Congrats new “great” auntie! What is that precious little baby boy’s name???
    I am hoping our 2 daughters call today too! Well, at least I have my dad, and his wife, my sister and her family to celebrate with this afternoon. Reminds me of that old old song, “Love the One You’re With”! And of course I’m thankful for my gentle hubby of 37 yrs……Charlie! He makes living life better. God bless you Susan! Have fun sharing your nummy cake tonight!! xoxo

  13. Bobbie Whittington says:

    What a beautiful post, thank you! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  14. Dear Susan,
    What a lovely story, so true….Thank you for sharing it! Your day sounds just great, and I hope it all goes as planned.
    Its already mid afternoon here, and I was spoiled by my boys! My youngest got up early to bake pancakes and the table was all laid out with pretty Rose Chintz china…..The same you have in your kitchen!
    And it was a double happy day, as we celebrated my birthday early. Its this tuesday, the 13th, but the family has to leave early for school and work, so things are rushed during the week and now we had lots of time to sit and eat and chat, FUN!!
    Happy Mother’s day to you dear Susan, and to all the girlfriends who read this….Especially down in Texas, sweet Rachel, HI!!
    Best wishes from rainy Holland

  15. Ricki says:

    Susan…you bring tears. Your Cherokee mother must have known Galatians 5:22

    I am going to church to see Holly Claudette (3months) dedicated . She is my second great granddaughter. Then I’m cooking. Yes…my idea. I want to fill this old house with laughter and food. Your new nephew is beautiful. Happy Happy day Susan and girlfriends. I’m missing mama. If you have yours tell her you love her. We love you Susan.

  16. Pam says:

    Lovely post and thank you for the recipe. Our Mother’s Day is in March but I know most places have it at this time of year. Congratulations to your niece, what a beautiful photo and I just love the little hat which bubs is wearing 🙂

  17. Thank you for this great way to spend a few minutes of my day. I have just read half of A Fine romance yesterday and I think we are twins separated at birth!! I have had a love affair with England for my whole life, I have the same Johnson Bros. china in my cabinet, love cats (mine is Augustus Finknottle–of Jeeves and Wooster of course) and generally get excited by the same things as you!! Anyway, thanks for this lovely site and for your lovely book!!

  18. Sue,
    What a beautiful baby boy. Congratulations to the whole family.
    Oh yes, pet parenthood counts. Our ten year old kitty, Clovis, has been diagnosed with diabetes. He had quite a few accidents for a month before diagnosis. And now he is on insulin injections. Oh, yes you are a mama and the best girlfriend. Happy Mother’s Day.

    xxxooo e

  19. Penny Harrison from Oceanside, CA says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Susan – I hope Jack and Girl make it an especially wonderful day for you! Tulips are my favorite flower! Thank you for the picture of the spectacular ones in your garden! Thank you for the wonderful post to start my day! You have an especially lovely day too!

  20. Ann says:

    Thank you Susan for another fabulous and inspiring blog post and may I take this opportunity to wish all Mothers on the other side of the pond a very happy and blessed Mother’s Day.
    With love to you all from Ann in Thame xx

  21. AngieTink says:

    ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*A Happy Mothers Day To ALL Of US Sweet Sue! To You & Your Mom & Your Sisters & Grand~Mas…..All Our Aunts & Step~Moms & Sister~In~Laws & Mother’s In~Laws….. Here & In Heaven! &Amen!) & Yay! Congratz On Your Absolutely Sweetest New Grand~Nephew! OMG! He Is So Cute! 🙂 & I Know Girl & Jack Are Celebrating With You Today! Meowy! 🙂 This Blueberry Cake Looks Scrumptious! Have Fun Tonight! Enjoy Your Chat With Your Wonderful MOM….My Brother (Chris) & I Took Flowers & Candy & Cards To Our Mom (Irene!) Yesterday….& Stayed & Talked & Laughed & Hugged…..Ahhhhhhhh…..So I Too Am Sending Lots Of Love & Hugzzz & Always a Bit Of Pixie~Dust! Happy Mother’s Day To All! 🙂 I Am Blessed With An Adorable Son… My Jonathan (Jonboy) & The Most Sweetest Grand~Daughter Taylor…..So Today I’m Celebrating With Joy in Me Heart & Always Love! xoxo Poof! ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*

    • AngieTink says:

      P.S. Sweet Sue…Thank~You For This Special Mother’s Day Blog! It’s Truly A Magical Mother’s Day Gift! & Those Magical Strawberries in Your Garden! Amazing! xoxo Poof! 🙂 ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*

  22. Annette McD says:

    Thank you for the Mothers Day wishes , congratulations on your family’s newest addition, he’s beautiful, takes me back to my own’s son’s birth. They are so sweet and precious when they are newborn and always.HAPPY MOTHERS DAY ALL YOU GIRLFRIENDS.

  23. Sue Rideout from Maine says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful words. Hard day today, first one without my mom here. I do feel her love and watchful eye from above. Working in my flower garden today, many happy memories. Heard from my two boys , we are all getting together next weekend in Vermont! Can’t wait. My wonderful husband is making brunch on the grill for me and the sun is shinning. Thanking God for all my blessings.

  24. Ann says:

    Congratulations Blog Daddy! That baby is beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day to all the girlfriends.

  25. martine levy says:

    Thanks Susan for taking the time today to write this beautiful blog and sharing this beautiful Cherokee tale,i think it’s a great story,and the best advise we can give to ourselves,our daughters and grand daughters!The blueberry cake looks great, i think i’ll make a small version of it for my birthday tomorrow! Thanks Susan and have a wonderful day!

  26. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Thank you for this beautiful blog! I’ve been thinking about Other Mothers – like you dear sweet Sue – who are so inspiring and nurturing! Taking Mom (98) on a ride to see last night’s snow in the Sierras (today, gorgeous but windy) & Silver Lake where we used to camp, her special request. Our family is blessed to have 5 generations with mothers and other mothers! Love seeing your precious new born nephew, congratulations to all! Have a wonderful day dear friends & God Bless! xoxo Joanie

  27. Janet Miller says:

    I think women everywhere are basically mothers, because in the final analysis, motherhood comes down to nurturing… and all women nurture. Sometimes it’s children of their own, sometimes it’s children they work with – sometimes it isn’t even children. It may be a garden, a business, even an idea. So here’s to another beautiful post, and Happy Mother’s Day to all women everywhere… xoxo

  28. Rosanne Murphy (Oregon) says:

    Love that beautiful baby boy, bringing more love into the world. Your books and posts and and positive energy are a feast for the Good Wolf inside me! xoxo

  29. Janet Miller says:

    PS – your great-nephew is beautiful, Sue. Is he the first great-grandchild for your Mom and Dad?

  30. Linda BF says:

    Loved the Willard Letter (my 1st) and Mother’s Day Blog!
    Your small May calendar page has one of my favorite poems “I meant to do my work today”. This poem is in one of my favorite books “Poems” from “A Golden Book” by Untermeyer & Anglund. My mother bought it for me many years ago for 75 cents at McGreevy’s drug store. My other favorite poems from this book are: “If No One Ever Marries Me”, “The Janitor’s Boy”, “The Daffodils”, and “Out in the Fields with God”. Thanks for the memories and the lovely blog on such a beautiful Mother’s Day! Linda

  31. Tana says:

    Congratulations to your sister, daughter and your family for the beautiful new baby!

  32. Sherry Svoboda from Maryland says:

    After wishing all those special mothers I know a Happy Mothers Day and hearing from my son & daughter, I will spend a quiet mothers day with a cup of tea and watch “Anne of Green Gables” on TV too. I will never be to grown up to enjoy this wonderful movie A time and place to get lost in the moment. I can’t wait to make your Blueberry Angel Food Cake the photo makes my mouth water just looking at it and it screams Yumminess all over the place. Before I go I want to send more Happy Mothers Day to all the girlfriends who
    love Susan Branch as much as I do.

  33. sandy says:

    thank you Susan~~I appreciate your lovely greeting today, as I am a non-mom also. But I so appreciate all the woman who are now, or have given their lives to that most noble calling! xox 🙂

  34. Melina says:

    What a beautiful baby boy! Contrats, Auntie Susan.
    I loved seeing the shot of your strawberry bed. Mine is similar, except that it’s covered with a very late snow right now. Yep, snow on May 11 in Colorado Springs. We need the moisture, but really…

  35. Isabel says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Susan. I am also a mom to a “furry friend.” I think that counts for something.

    Thanks for sharing the picture of the new baby. He is beautiful. A wonderful gift.

    Loved the music also. Plan to try your blueberry cake.

    We have no Spring here in Florida. Already in the nineties and feels almost like summer.

    Missing my mom even though it has been 10 years. Hard to believe. Again, you always manage to lift our spirits when we might be down.

    Enjoy your day.

  36. Elaine in Toronto says:

    Beautiful baby boy and just in time for Mother’s Day. What a beautiful big family he has joined. He is going to be so loved. Can you share his name with us?

  37. Vicki Panzarino says:

    Happy day to you also…watching even the mother birds around our home enjoying the beautiful day…fussing in their nests to make it all special for their families….kind of like us don’t you think? Seems the whole world is creatively taken with May….Enjoy it all! I know you will!

  38. Pat W. says:

    Susan…Happy, Happy Day! Thank you so much for the beautiful words, beautiful story from Cherokee grandmother, beautiful baby & beautiful you. I am thankful for all….your blog is so special & so comforting. Enjoy your day.

  39. pat addison (cave junction,OR) says:

    Good morning everyone…Happy Mother’s Day to all!!! does being a peeps mommy count?? I still have all my peeps to “mother” and care for. well 15 older one went into the adult pen and are terrorizing them now, “the swarm” is in control. the little ones actually band together and when an adult tries to pick on one of them, they band together and “swarm” that adult until it leaves and goes away!! pretty cute and very clever. congrats on your new great nephew, he is adorable. and I loved the story about the Cherokee grandma, sounds like a story from my grandma, just substitute Norse folk legends for the 2 wolves. well off to the barnyard and check on the peeps, the first week or so I keep a close eye on them, and after they have settled in, I still keep an eye on them, they get into so much mischief. I now have 3 new turkeys arriving soon, that makes 9 turkeys for me and the loan of an incubator for fertile eggs. lets see if I can get some duck eggs hatched and add to the duck family. wishing everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day, have a wonderful and relaxing day with your families and friends. hugs…… 🙂

  40. Carolyn says:

    Hi Susan, What a wonderful Mother’s Day post. And…what a beautiful baby boy! Congratulations to your niece and the your entire family!!!

  41. Julie (Omaha) says:

    Ditto the well wishes for all to have a Happy Mothers
    A wonderful thing about a mother’s love
    – it isn’t restricted to shared DNA, because it has no limits,
    no boundaries, no expiration date. What a powerful
    gift we all can share!!!
    And that baby is just darling , so fresh from God!
    Another wonderful gift we share .

  42. CarolK says:

    Congratulations Auntie Susan and your whole family on the newest addition. He’s beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day to you too. Your two furry kids have a very good mommy, never forget that……NJ hugs on this sunshiny day….

  43. Carol in KS says:

    Congratulations to your entire family on the birth of that beautiful baby boy!! Thank you for the beautiful post. May we all help one another feed the good wolves!

  44. Happiest of Days to you, Susan!

    Thanks for that scrumptious looking recipe… my own angel food cake is cooling as we speak. Can hardly wait to sink my teeth into that lemony, blueberried angel cake!

    What a beautiful new baby…. he certainly timed his arrival perfectly!


  45. Barbara (from Argentina) says:

    Dear Susan,

    I looooved the post. Especially the little story in the begining. I´m going to translate it and print it, so I can see it every day. We always forget that simple truth…

  46. Becky says:

    Thanks for the happiness!

  47. Rhonda D. says:

    A lovely Mothers’ Day post Susan. And a new baby boy for your family…I couldn’t think of a better gift for Mother’s Day. He is so beautiful…so many babies don’t look that good the day after they’re born. Good genes…I think I can see your looks in him. Happy Mother’s Day everyone…we have all been a mother, caretaker, inspiration to someone.

  48. Faith Rose says:

    Me and my Siblings got your new book Mom Tell Me Your Story for my Mum today.It is so beautiful and she loves it!I want to get the Grandmother one two, they are all so beautiful!Boy does that cake look good ! Have fun at your party!

  49. Jo says:

    Agree wholeheartedly with Janet Miller on all points. Thank you Susan for nurturing all of us.

  50. Alice says:

    It’s a glorious day in Greece, NY where in nearby Rochester the Lilac Festival is in full swing — EXCEPT for having tons of lilac bushes in full bloom. (Remember that long cold winter/spring that never wanted to depart???) However, when my husband and I went to Highland Park on Friday, the opening day, we and 2295 others donned pink, purple or green ponchos to form a gigantic flower — currently the world’s largest display according to the Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator.

    So, we’ll wait a couple more days to visit again when the lilacs are ready. There are currently plenty of daffodils, tulips, pansies, and wonderful flowering trees to be seen!

    Thanks, Susan, for always reminding us to live in the moment!

  51. Sylvia in Seattle says:

    a “feast for the good Wolf”. I second that! I have been gifted with flowers from my three kids, Roses, Peonies and Tulips (my favorite). A lot has happened since the 60’s when they were born, but today it seems like yesterday they were brand new babies like your new family member. What a beautiful boy! Wishing sweet memories for you and all the girlfriends and Moms today.

  52. Like everyone else, Susan … I wish for you a beautiful Mother’s Day as well! Your kind words, pictures, music is Spring to the fullest – thank you, Dear One.
    Pink Hugs!

  53. denni from MN says:

    Happy Mother’s day to all! Truly a lovely post for us all to enjoy today and to remember as we have days we sometimes don’t enjoy as much. Just love seeing the greens sprouting up from the dirt!!! My herbs are delightful, growing taller each day. Thanks for your insights, Susan!! Cheers for the Good Wolf, Too!

  54. Paula B. says:

    What a lovely post with words I needed to hear right about now. With my mom gone for many years and never having been one myself, today is always tough … too many mother figures now gone forever from my life. And, for other reasons as well, I was feeling a tad cranky and self-absorbed despite the beautiful day we’ve had here. Then, I read your insightful thoughts and remembered that soon our extended family will have a new addition in this next generation, what fun that will be. The recipe, too, cheered me – angel food cake is my very favorite, but I’ve never had it with blueberries. Yum! You are always an inspiration and “uplifter” of sagging spirits, Susan, Thank you.

  55. Caroline Delao says:

    Dearest Susan, I loved your post today but the thing that touched me the most is the story about the cherokee grand mother, I’m an adopted child and the family that raised me well I had a cherokee grand mother. So that little saying sparked a nice memory of my grandmother, with on this day I miss her and my mother that raised me.

    Thank you for your blog and all the wonderful things that you create and share with us.

    Have a wonderful day with your Kittys, I’m am a mother of a pet and no children.

  56. Anne Miller says:

    I have tears in my eyes….Thank you for the Cherokee legend…just beautiful! Thank you for the “mother love.” Susan , don’t ever doubt that your readers from the very young, to the very old and all the in between, feel your goodness and love. I think of you as “Susan , beautiful light.”
    Love and light reflect right back to you.
    Anne Miller

  57. Allison says:

    What a lovely post for Mother’s Day! Thank you for all the uplifting thoughts. This is my last weekend before I go back to work part-time next week. Leaving my 2 little girls. “Go. Be. Love. The world needs you.” makes me feel so much better about going to work again and being a mom at the same time.

  58. Carol D. from Sierra Madre, CA says:

    Thank you, Susan. Thank you. Even though you are my older sister’s age, sometimes I relate to you like you’re my mom, because you are so wise and sweet and good. My mom has been gone now for almost 18 years and I never stop missing her and wishing she were still here with us. I absolutely loved this post. I has so much heart. Thank you again, and Happy Mother’s Day to you and all of our girlfriends out there! xoxo

  59. Michele Stuart says:

    What a beautiful boy! And such a lovely Mother’s Day post, it was the icing on the cake for me today. xoxo

  60. Jackie P says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!

    Susan, I loved the story by the wise Cherokee grandmother. Those are truly words to live by! And congratulations on the lovely little addition to the family. Just heavenly.

  61. Diana Baca says:

    Hi Susan,
    Would you please just let me know that you have gotten my email because I am not sure they are going through and I would be so excited to know that you got mine!!! Hope your day was great…I love the way you make people happy. Diana and Heartbeat and Teardrop

  62. Tina from Ontario, Canada says:

    Susan, what an amazing mother’s day treat. First off, the story of the good and evil wolf is so true and thank you for reminding me to feed my good one. Secondly, I love all the wonderful treats of music and recipes you share with us girlfriends.

    I am a mom to a 20 year old boy and a 13 year old girl, but it is a bit sad this year because he has flown the coop to fly on his own. So bittersweet!

    Thank you for giving me such an amazing way to just a take a small break and forget all my troubles and sorrows. I look forward to your notes.

    Thank you.

    • sbranch says:

      You did your job. But you must miss him.

      • Tawni urrutia says:

        Hi Tina!
        I know how you feel. A few years ago when our only went away to college, my husband and I were a mixed bag of delighted and down. My very good…and always hilarious friend said,”You bawl your eyes out when they leave…but you’d bawl your eyes out more if they stayed!” I giggle at that one still!

  63. Regina says:

    Every Sunday on my way to church I tune in to a local radio station that plays songs from way back when. It’s an AM station. The host, Merle Blair, has been hosting the show for over 50 years. I always think of you, Susan, and all our girlfriends when I hear the songs. I don’t hear these songs anywhere else. He usually will have a theme, such as today’s tunes centered on mothers. The first of May, he played tunes about May and springtime. I checked and the program can be accessed online for anyone. It airs every Sunday from 8 a.m. till noon, central time. Here’s the link, if anyone is interested. tunein.com/radio/Merle-Blair-p355267/ Next air time will be May 18.

  64. sylvia FAye says:

    Susan thank you, thank you for the happiness post and you fill our hearts with your joy and love for all things HOME and HEARTH. Hope to try this receipe later this summer. You made my day. Bless you!

  65. Darlene says:

    Congratulations on the newest addition to your family…he’s beautiful! Thank you for a beautiful mother’s day post!

  66. Sharrieboberry says:

    *Sigh* The Musica made me think of little arms that used to give me lots of hugs. Now the arms are attached to teenagers and the hugs are fewer and further between! Oh well, the hugs are still sweet–when I get them!

    • sbranch says:

      My niece and I were just talking about what fun her sister (the mom of the new baby) is going to have for the next ten years especially, with all those little kid hugs.

  67. Your baby boy is beautiful! What is his name? Thanks for the wonderful story.

    • sbranch says:

      They just named him, Xavier Henry Jenkins . . . as I mentioned to one of our other girlfriends, they didn’t allow the great aunt a vote! 🙂 I actually like it. But I miss the place you put the “ie” on the end of a name . . . (susan = susie)

  68. Thanks so much for the blog. I look forward to it every day, like a special package in the “e” mail!

  69. carmel says:

    Congratulations to your family! Oh, he’s just beautiful.
    I already called friends who are mothers and those like me who are not biological mothers but nurture children and people. Thank you for your lovely post. You always fill our souls.

  70. Carla Ludwig says:

    I love the good/evil story, I am going to write that down. Congratulations on your great-nephew, what a special blessing!

  71. Candice Konopacky says:

    Thank you Thank you for the Mother’s Day post. It’s hard being a mother and a woman these days especially as we age (beautifully of course!). You make me smile see ——> :-). Blessings dear lady from California.

  72. Wendy Louise says:

    I think you “Sweet Susan” are the most wonderful Mother to all of us here in blog land. A Mother teaches and spreads love where ever she goes, you my wonderful, spiritual friend, do that ! I am so thankful to you for your loving inspiration, you bring joy to so many just by being you. I hope you feel the love and gratitude from me and others who care so much about what you do. OXOXOX Happy Mother’s Day to All ! Congratulations to your family for a new wonderful life to love and care for ! He’s a cutie !

  73. Bethany says:

    Hehehe–now I can say I watched “Anne of Green Gables” with Susan Branch 🙂

  74. Carilyn Wolski says:

    Hello Susan! Happy Mother’s Day to you & Congratulations on your great nephew. He is so cute! I am sooooooooooo excited to tell you the Mother’s Day gift I unwrapped were three of your books!!! Mom Tell Me Your Story (Please),Grandma Tell Me Your Story, and To My Daughter With Love, were wrapped up by my hubby, and he said he bought them from the Aldi grocery store, after seeing them in the advertisement section of the newspaper……..$6.99 each. Unbelievable!!! He was surprised & happy to surprise me with your beautiful books! Susan, please know how I will enjoy writing in them, creating a family heirloom. This was exactly the perfect gift to receive for my 25th year as a mother! Future generations will know Susan Branch the artist/author!

  75. Gert~Iowa says:

    Susan..thank you so much for this wonderful post! The quote from the Cherokee grandmother was perfect! And yumm your cake looks amazingly delishous! Always enjoy your music!! I did have a shot of love today with a visit from my great granddaughter! You can see it on my blog! Sweetness!

  76. diana from ancaster says:

    What a lovely post!
    Thank you.

  77. carla says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Susan, I always look forward to your new posts! also love the music you choose, I enjoy cooking and baking looking forward to trying this cake, your blog. is enjoyable part of my day, thanks!

  78. Donna Klein says:

    Loved the posts this week, love seeing all the green and flowers again. I shopped the web store and had My Story sent to my mother in MN. I added a note that it was for mother’s day. She called me 2 days later, ecstatic, saying she had received a beautiful book, wrapped with ribbon from Susan Branch! Thank you, thank you, I’m so impressed with the excellent service 🙂 and I’m so happy that she is so excited about having the activity associated with this book. Hope you had a fabulous day 🙂

  79. Diane says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Susan! You are a wonderful, beautiful mother to Jack and GK! We know they are your babies….. 🙂 xoxoxo And thank you so much for caring for your “Girlfriends” and taking the time to give us so much from your heart and life. xoxoxo

  80. Kelly Billings in Oregon says:

    Thank you for the beautiful blog. I would love to share your wolf story on facebook for my granddaughters. Is that possible? 🙂
    Thanks again, you are a wonderful inspiration. <3 Kelly

  81. Kelly Billings in Oregon says:

    Thank you for the beautiful blog. I would love to share your wolf story on facebook for my granddaughters. Is that possible? 🙂
    Thanks again, you are a wonderful inspiration. Kelly

  82. Kirsten in So. Cal. says:

    Lovely Mother’s day post, Susan. I awoke to my son making me special breakfast of eggs, hash browns, bacon, cheese danish, and fresh strawberries! Wow! That was a lot of food. On the table was a fresh bouquet of beautiful flowers and a card. He spent his day doing chores around the house for me, even the weeds! I feel so blessed. I hope all the girlfriends had a great day too.

    Congrats on the new baby in the family. He is so precious!! New baby smell is my favorite scent. Heavenly!

  83. Petra Matthew says:

    Petra from the Netherlands:

    Dear Susan, every morning I check your blog to see if you had time to write something and when you do, it always gives me such a warm feeling and that is wonderfull way to start the day. Thank you!

  84. Pat Johnson from Paso Robles, CA says:

    Ahhhhh – a baby – healthy & sleeping just waiting to go to his new home. Can’t ask for anything any better than that. Paso was 80 today and I am packing the car for the trip to Newport, Washington & the cabin. Of course I have a hundred things to do before I can go to bed. Fortunately I don’t have to leave at the crack of dawn and I stop on the first day just 5 hours out. The second day is longer as I stop at Salem, OR. Third day a bit shorter at Kennewick, WA. And then it is a hop, skip & jump to Newport. You should see my car!!! Haven’t been to the cabin in a year so I am taking treasures – of course. This will be a short visit, home for a graduation and then I will return once again for the remainder of the summer – September brings 7 days in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Ummmm – I think I will stop talking now as this is all making me tired and I must finish packing. Thank you for the special Mother’s Day message – all my children & grandchildren called to wish me a happy day. Got to spend time with my one & only Great-grandboy. Life is good……Hugs…..Funny Grandma

  85. Leslie-Anne says:

    What a lovely story. And what a beautiful baby. Thanks for sharing both.

  86. Lynn McMahon says:

    ~ I Hope Everyone Had A Happy Mother’s Day! ~

  87. Such a wonderful story–about feeding the wolf. I just bought a large, prettily-decorated box to keep memorabilia in for my granddaughter (from whom did I get that idea? ☺) and I’m going to put that story in it for her. She’s just a month old. So far I’ve put in the newspapers from her day of birth and now I have this story! I gave her mother your “To My Daughter With Love” book and I got the Grandmother book for myself–which will go in the box once it’s filled out.

  88. Janet OC says:

    Hi Susan, thank you so much for the beautiful post about Mother’s Day! It was a pleasure to read this morning. Yesterday was so busy, I never had a chance to look at my email messages. Your new baby Boy is so precious. Congratulations to everyone! Janet xoxo

  89. Mamey Brown says:

    I was introduced to your blog by a dear friend. As soon as she forwarded the email I recognized the art from scrapbook supplies I have. I did not realize that Susan had cookbooks and a blog…Well, I am now hooked!! I find the Susan Branch website to be very inspiring in so many ways…..I find myself coming back often because there is so much here!! I’m so happy that past blog posts are available as well. I LOVE it here and will visit often!! Please keep them coming as I so look forward to GORGEOUS pictures of your home and garden. Your words fill me with so much joy…..Have a wonderful day!!

  90. Betty Marie, Pennsylvania says:

    Good Morning Susan; Good morning Everyone, No matter the weather across the country,from snow storms to being in the nineties, hope all had a blissful “Mother’s Day”. We have earned it. Susan,your Blog has given my Mothers Day that zing, that puts a special bounce in my step. 🙂
    What a beautiful baby. I have copied the story of the Cherokee grandmother. I do remember this in-part from years ago. I plan to put this in frames with dried flowers around and give it to all my grand children.
    I get so much from your blogs. Thank you for all you share with us.

  91. Darlene says:

    Hi Susan, I am so sorry to ask this of you but is there anyway to remove a post once it’s put through? I don’t know how else to ask this of you so I’m trying here. Thank you

    • sbranch says:

      A post? You mean a comment? You can always ask me to do it, and if I see it in time, I can try.

  92. Janet Hundley -Grafton, WI says:

    All babies are beautiful, but this little guy is really cute. I love the hat and find myself wondering who made it.
    I gave away several “Mom/Grandmother Tell Me Your Story” books this year. Just spreading the SB love and art. I even convinced the young sales clerk to buy a couple. I felt it was my duty to enlighten her and hopefully a new fan is born.

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you Janet! I’m not sure who made the hat for the baby. He was born in California so maybe one of his aunts.

  93. Joy Pence from Ohio says:

    Thank you for the inspiring story. That is so true. The one who hurts the most by feeding the bad wolf is us. Congratulations on the newest addition to your family. What a blessing a baby is. I’m sure all your girlfriends enjoyed the beautiful cake, looks so yummy. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. You certainly mother all of us girlfriends. xoxo

  94. Marianne from Peoria IL says:

    Is your Dream Cake recipe in one of your books? Takes too long for me to write it all out and your recipe is so beautifully done!

  95. Kathy G. says:

    Beautiful post on Mother’s Day Susan. I received a knockout rose bush and a Emma Bridgewater “PINK” flower mug. Couldn’t figure out how my husband thought this one up (the mug). Seems I left it in an Amazon cart some time back as my own personal wish list and forgot all about it! I’ll have to do that more often 🙂 Hope all had a beautiful Mother’s Day. Weather was beautiful here at the South Jersey Shore.

  96. katherine says:

    Thanks for the story! Thanks for being a bit of a mother to all your readers!

  97. Hello- and belated Happy Mothers’ Day to you too!
    I think there are all kinds of mothers in the world.
    Some mother through nature and some mother through nurture.
    Some do both and some mother the mothers of others.
    And some are grandmothers and are mothers who are grand and
    All together I think it’s wonderful being a woman whether you make others or love the others that others make and that’s a thing worth celebrating!

  98. May I just say that I am sooooo happy I found you…I just love your posts! Thank you so much for bringing me joy in every one of them…

  99. Marie (Long Beach, California) says:

    Hi! Loved the Cherokee grandmother story, I will continue to feed the good wolf. Bet you had fun with your girlfriends Mother’s Day party yesterday. What a fun idea! And I’m sure your cake was a big hit! The new baby boy is beautiful, a wonderful addition to your family. Our family all got together at one of my sisters house and celebrated Mother’s Day with our mom. It was such a great time. Life really is grand! Wishing you and all the girlfriends a marvelous week! ♥

  100. Debs OBrien says:

    Hoping everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday. Well, what a beautiful little baby, and the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Doesn’t this precious little one make you Great Aunt Susan? Well, I can’t think of a greater person to have as a great aunt!

    Your strawberries, looking so grand, are way ahead of mine, but like yours my Alpine ones are rampaging everywhere. I let them go wherever they like, for they are the perfect sweet treat for the gardener tending the borders! What can beat weeding your way along, moving a leaf and finding a tiny jewel of a morsel, warmed in the summer sun and just begging to be eaten! I give loads of plants away every year, I’ve even wrapped them, bare roots, in damp kitchen roll and put them in the post {UK only, of course}

    Waving from ATP Debs in Wales xoxo

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