My girls and I were honored to have the once in a lifetime experience of having tea with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in celebration of Mother’s Day in May 2012. You may ask why I’m just publishing this post. As you can imagine, there are restrictions with the Office of our Commander-in-Chief. But I am delighted to finally be able to share this awesome experience with you.
In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and in support of military families celebrating Mother’s Day, our First and Second Lady of the United States hosted a Joining Forces Mother’s Day event for three generations of military families – military mothers, grandmothers and children.
As a part-time military family, my girls and I were elated to have been chosen to enjoy this amazing day. If you read our blog regularly, you will know that I am no stranger to the White House and visit quite frequently as a representative and National Board Member of Mocha Moms, Inc. But this time was extra special.
Although they joined our White House tour in March 2012, my girls, ages 8 and 9, had tons of questions and knew this was certainly different from just walking through the halls of the White House.
We were given our official envelopes with seat assignments and took our places at an exquisitely decorated table adorned with the Obama White House China. We were introduced to our table mates, who included several female military officers and their children.
As fate would have it, we were also seated with the first African-American major league baseball player Jackie Robinson‘s family. His wife, Rachel and daughter Sharon, who is a children’s book author, were so welcoming to us. In fact, Sharon asked for our address to mail the girls an autographed copy of the book she wrote about her father. I have to say, Mrs. Robinson certainly did not look her 75 years. In fact, she looked like Sharon’s sister, not her mother! What an amazing woman of grace and intelligence.
Not long after we finished our delicious treats, the children were taken into another room to enjoy arts and crafts. At the time, I was relieved, as the girls would likely become impatient waiting for FLOTUS (First Lady of the Unites State) to arrive. Mothers later realized that our children were enjoying what we’d all been waiting for; one-on-one time with First Lady Michelle Obama herself. That’s right! She was in back hanging with the kids, and working on crafts! How awesome is she!?! This really speaks to her dedication to families.
As First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden were introduced and entered the East Room, our beautiful babies followed them in a burst of smiles and color with roses from the White House Garden, cards, cookies (which they REALLY made for themselves) and home-made tea bags. We all had to find tissue, as this emotional moment overwhelmed every mother in the room, and was such a heart warming surprise.
After heartfelt words about the Obama Administration’s commitment to women and military families (with White House grandmother, Mrs. Marian Robinson looking on) our First Lady took the time to greet each of our tables with hugs, conversation and an opportunity to capture photos. My girls took this time to share with our First Lady that they had made Shootie Girl rhinestone t-shirts from our company, along with cards as gifts for Sasha and Malia. Mrs. Obama found this fascinating and had quite an extensive chat with my girls about our company. These photos of their conversation will go down in the history books of our family ;-):
This summer, we I received a huge envelope in the mail from the White House. I can’t say it’s common to go to our mailbox to find a package bearing the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue address. The girls and I eagerly opened the package to find a personal thank-you letter, autographed photos of the First Family (First Dog Bo included) and White House activity books for the kids! Who can’t LOVE a First Lady who takes time to add that kind of personal touch?
Although I have been invited to events with Mrs. Obama in attendance, dare I say I was just as stuck by actually meeting her as I was the President himself – President Obama, Front Row Seats, Payroll Taxes and a CRUSH? I certainly was! There is no question our President has an amazing women standing by his side.
Enjoy this video of the speeches during our Mother’s Day Tea at the White House: