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Dear Mom…Stories Celebrating MOMS

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Pictured: Heidi (right) with her Mom, Karen

Heidi Leist, a mom on a mission to provide a fresh, clean & natural pampering skin care option for her family as well as yours, founded Lemongrass Spa fourteen years ago. In honor of Mother’s Day, we want to help celebrate the beautiful, amazing women who have shaped our Lemongrass Spa ‘family’.

We’d love to hear about how your mom, grandmother or stepmother pampered her family. Let us know in the comments!

Christa, McAlisterville, PA

Mom, Angie DSCF7709-1.jpg

According to Webster’s definition, pamper means, “to treat (someone) very well; to give (someone) a lot of attention and care.” My mother, Angie, has always been on a mission to pamper her family. She is always putting the needs of others above her own. Even when she had surgery and was recovering, she was busy crocheting dishcloths to give to others.

When asking friends and family how they describe Angie, I get responses like, “kind,” “caring,” “loving,” and “always putting others first.” I couldn’t put it better myself! She is a strong Christian woman with a gentle and humble spirit. The words I write cannot even begin to express how amazing she is! She is my support, my role model, my hero, my best friend, my mother. I love you Mom!

Pictured Right: Christa (left) & Angie

Danielle, Farmington, NY

Aunt Carol and Stepmom Julie

My mom passed away when I was 7yo from leukemia. My Aunt Carol and Uncle Darren stepped in to help raise my sister and I. They moved in with us help us get to school, made dinners, packed lunches, brought us things when we forgot them, loved us as their own kids (They were unable to have kids) and dished out punishments. LOL They didn't have to give up their lives to raise us and be there for us. They raised us and both worked full time. They could have just left it up to my Dad to raise us but knew we needed them and would benefit from them stepping in to help raise us. My sister and I grew up to be fine women with the help of them. Now that we have grown up and moved out they moved to be with my Grandfather since my Grandmother passed away. He doesn't want to go into a nursing home so they moved in with him and are helping him now so that he can stay home.   

I'm writing about my stepmother Julie. Not only is she a full time special education teacher but she is also pursing her doctorate in special education full time. She is a mom to 3 grown young women and has one granddaughter. I admire her for all that she takes on. She makes time to always learn whether it's attending seminars, on school breaks or doing schoolwork late into the evening or the wee hours of the morning.

Kristina, New Jersey

Mom, Patricia

Mom_Patricia_Clark.JPG How do I even begin to express the gratitude that I have for my mom. My mom (Patricia) and I have always been close in our own way. We have been through many challenges together but I think in the last 4 or 5 years we have grown even closer, if that is possible.

My mom, as do other moms, does for others before herself. She is the one that makes sure you are well taken care of weather you are at her house or at your own. Our entire family is spread out over the US, so none of us kids live close by. My mom has a servant’s heart and will always make sure you have what you need before you even know that you needed it.

In March of 2014 I found out at 20 weeks pregnant that my daughter (Hannah) had a heart condition and will need surgery when she is born. When I called my mom and told her the information she was on a plane for the next appointment. In that appointment we found out exactly what was happening and the plan for the next 3 years of Hannah’s life was going to entail. I thinks that was one of the hardest days for me and my mom was there for it all. She tool time from her life to support me.

August 2014 my mom flew out to again to be with me for the birth of my daughter Hannah. Hannah had to be born at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), which is an hour and a half from where I live. My mom stayed with me for the month that Hannah ad to be at CHOP while my husband had to return home to take care of the other kids. In that month my mom took care of me while Hannah had surgery at 9days old and then a catheterization. She was strong for me.

Mom had to get back home but she called and texted all of the time to see how we were doing. Hannah had another catheterization and her feeding tube to deal with. Along with all of the meds and the care she need while I had to return to work.   

December 2014 Hannah had to have surgery again and again my mom dropped everything and was with us during that time. This was the toughest time as I almost lost Hannah in surgery. By God’s grace she is still with us. Mom was my rock again and never left my side or Hannah’s. She had to go back home and take care of my dad who had to have knee surgery in January. I found out that Hannah was having her 3rd surgery in mid-January. My mom left to be with us only after a week of my dad having his knee surgery. Mom stayed until Hannah went home the beginning to February.

Mom gives of herself for everyone in our family as you can see what she had done for just me. She is always there when you need her.            

Recently she went to be with her best friend who is battling cancer. Mom pampered and took care of her friend for a month. She stayed by her side and even pampered her with the Lemongrass products she brought with her.

Mom was also with her sister when her husband was battling cancer and then passed away.

Mom drops everything when someone is in need. I am amazed at my mom’s strength and courage. She has dealt with so many family and friends battling cancer (even my dad and her mom). She has seen the struggle of those who have overcome and those who have lost the battle. With everything she has faced she still does for others before herself. I aim to be like her all of the time.

Looking back I have always seen my mom giving of herself and her Faith has kept her strong and faithful.

I love you mom and could never live without you!!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Pictured: Kristina (left) & Patricia

Dawn, Kansas City, MO

An inspiring story about becoming a MOM

Mothers Day is a day to be celebrated by showing your love towards your Mom. A day when you look back and share great memories and laugh together as though no time has gone by. For some, Mothers Day is heart tugging. It can be heart tugging in ways that no one else can understand. For me, as an example, I grew up in a situation that most people only hear about in the news…. My Mom was belligerent and abusive. I was that child you only hear about…Most little girls had a Mom to hold when they needed one. I held my pillow and cried myself to sleep.

It is crazy to me how some people would grow up, become parents and treat their kids the same way they were treated. I am DHueyKids-1.jpgnow a Mom of three beautiful daughters between the ages of 5 and 18. It is my mission to pamper and love my girls. I could never do anything to harm them. I do everything I can to help them reach their dreams in this life. I am there to celebrate with them. I am there to help them succeed. I am there when they need a shoulder to cry on. I will always be there as a happy and loving memory even when It is my time to leave this world.  I will always be there for my children. When Mothers Day is here we do celebrate. We celebrate great memories and laugh together like no time has gone by.

Pictured: Dawn's three daughters

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