A Tribute to My Mom

My Mom and Me Last Weekend

I think it is about time that you got to meet the woman that raised me and made me who I am today. She is one special woman that is like no other person I have ever met.

She is my mom:

and she is one phenomenal woman!

She’s strong and fearless.

Mom stepping into a frigid Canadian lake

She birthed five children naturally without any meds or epidurals. She was my role model when I gave birth to my two boys.

She still views the world through a child’s eyes. Which makes her a fabulous grandmother.

Pointing out sea gulls to her grandson.

She always puts others before herself. When we visit her she feeds us like Kings and she always gives up her bed for us. (We used to protest, but finally gave up years ago.)

Mom reading my son Family Handyman and rocking him to sleep so I could get a nap.

She is resourceful and creative. When I was growing up, my Mom didn’t go to the store to buy our Halloween costumes. She made them herself and she never told us, “I can’t make that. Pick another costume.” It became a challenge each year to see if we could stump her creativity. But, we never could.

Can you tell which one is me? I'll give you a hint: Oooga, grunt, grunt.

She has serious snow skills (from growing up in Upstate New York.) We thought our Mom was the coolest because she not only knew how to make snowmen, she also knew how to make snow horses that we could ride on! Giddy-up.

Me and my sister on our snow horse.

She is relaxed and laid back. Our Mom never seemed to sweat the messes we made, in fact it seemed that she encouraged them in the name of good dirty clean fun.

Baking pies in our kitchen.

My Mom has a great sense of humor. She taught us how to laugh at own mistakes and shrug it off. She taught us that laughter really is the best medicine.

Christmas cracker crowns


My Mom is also über talented! These are just a few of my favorite paintings that she has painted:

Sacred Ohana by Shari MacFarlane

Blue Ridge by Shari MacFarlane

Oh Pears by Shari MacFarlane

See what I mean? Isn’t she talented! You can view more of her paintings and shop her online store HERE.

I am so lucky to have the best mother in the entire world. I’m so proud of her and I hope she has a fantastic Mother’s Day!

My beautiful mother.


Happy Mother’s Day to the rest of you moms out there. I leave you with this very funny (and sadly true) music video:

You can thank my Mom for posting that video on her Facebook wall. Yup, she uses Facebook, I told you she was amazing!


  1. Brittany,

    Happy mother’s Day.

    Your Mom is so talented, I see where you get it from.

    Had to share the video.


  2. Happy Mothers Day to you and to your wonderful Mom too. Cherish each other. You are very fortunate and as a Grandma I know your Mom is also very fortunate.
    – Joy

  3. That was a lovely tribute to your Mom. Hope you both have a blessed mothers Day.

  4. What a beautiful tribute, Brittany! Your Mom was so cut out to be a mom, and I see so much of her creativity and love in you. I LOVE the Halloween costumes!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your mom’s art. I absolutely love her use of color . . . especially in the still lifes & landscapes (my two favorite genres). Oh Pears is awesome! (I have a special spot in my heart for pears . . . and that one is just so overflowing with life and happy energy.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, and to your loving and cheerful mom. :)

  6. Andrea Skeens says:

    Wow, what a small world. I actually saw a show your mom did about 1-1.5 years ago for a retirement home I was working for at the time. I took one of her cards and I love her stuff. My favorites are “Through the lens” and “Koi Party”. Beautiful art.

  7. Good grief! I LOVE your Mom’s paintings! Very Picasso-like. You’re lucky to have such a fun mom.

  8. maria lewis says:

    What great memories you both have of this special time – your childhood. Now you will do the same for your sons. Happy Mother’s Day.

  9. What a beautiful tribute to an awesome mom! I love the snow horse idea. :)

  10. Wow…what a sweet tribute to your Mom. She sounds like the greatest! And her art is Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Monique says:

    Beautiful tribute to your mother. I loved her abstract art — bright colors, reds, yellows. She’s a very talented artist. The video is priceless…watched the video a oouple of times and laughed and laughed.

    Wish you and your Mom a Happy Mother’s Day!

  12. I love that music video. I’ve to share it on my blog too now. Thank you and your mom for sharing it.
    Your moms art is beautiful.
    Happy mothers day to you.

  13. oh I am in love with your Mom’s art. . bright, colorful. . .I need to start saving for a piece. . wow!!

  14. Where can I get that t-shirt. Love it!

  15. Dave Edwards says:

    Awesome. My wife sent me this, and this was really cool. Obviously your mom did great in raising her children to deserve this tribute. Great to see that there are still these type of families in todays world. Thanks again!

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