The other day my son left a comment on the blog.

Just four simple words.

“I love you, mom.”

I read that comment once….then again….and again….and again.

I couldn’t believe it.

I couldn’t believe he had read the post.



I couldn’t even believe he left a comment.  I mean….seriously…..he’s a teenager.

Isn’t he supposed to be in a rock band with long hair and glaring at me and telling me how I don’t understand him with all of the angst of a misunderstood youth?

Not that there isn’t plenty of eye-rolling and glaring going on around here.

But not today.

Today he was a rock star.


I didn’t want to embarrass him by leaving a comment on the blog.

So I e-mailed him

Short and sweet…..just six simple words:

“I love you….infinity + one.”


His reply was swift and sure.

That comment-leaving rock star of mine didn’t miss a beat as he replied:

“Mom….I love you, too…..and I appreciate the sentiment….

…..but that is mathematically impossible.”

I stood in my kitchen and laughed and laughed and laughed.

He was right.

And not so right…..because you see…..I knew something that one day he would understand.

Infinity + one isn’t mathematically possible…..

.…..unless you’re a mom. 🙂

PS  This was read to me from a popsicle stick as I wrote this post:

What did one hat say to the other?

You stay here….I’ll go on a head. 🙂

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        1. Image for Olivia E. Olivia E.

          Tell Denton I love the comment:) I know y'all and I started laughing at the mathematically impossible part! So like him!!!

  1. Image for Gee Gee

    Sussed it out and voted!! Knew right away :-) AAAhh... how sweet. I was sharing a similar story with my sister yesterday. At times, they just surprise us and pop in with the most heart meltingly sweet things. My eldest left me speechless on Saturday night with what he said! Heart was left in a warm puddle in my belly. Luv your sweet post!! I am a Mommy... luv them infinity + 1 Hugs, Gee

  2. Image for Angela Angela

    Awww.....teenagers! One minute they make us want to pull our hair out and the next they melt our heart! It's obvious your rock star comes from good stock! Good luck on the contest!! Your pics are beautiful, by the way!!!!

  3. Image for maryJean maryJean

    Agreed. You'll have to disguise your so very creative writing style for me to be bamboozled. :D (voted for you) Yes. infinity plus one is impossible........for most. ....but not for moms. ;) maryJean

  4. Image for Susan Susan

    That is so super sweet! I always feel so lucky each and every night when my sixteen year old son hugs me and tells me he loves me. I always wonder when that will change. I hope never. It sounds like you have a very wonderful son! Happy day!

  5. Image for Beverly Beverly

    It is impossible to grasp how much you can love someone until you are a parent. The day we become parents, our hearts begin to live outside our bodies. Our children possess our hearts. He loves you, his very own rock star mom. Love those red tulips. Such a special spot to sit to write a note or daydream while gazing out the window.

  6. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    That's the new math...and it's wrong. There too IS infinity + one! Just like...Love you to the nnnth degree! And it's hard to disguise your writing style....just so you know! ;)

  7. Image for Erin Erin

    This mom is a teary mess now. I always tell my kids when they do the "no I love you more" thing that they will NEVER know how much I love them til they are a parent. And my boy is the affectionate, take care of mom, one so this story got me. You have a good boy. Tell him blog land is proud.

  8. Image for Peggy Peggy

    Ah he is so sweet! And I had to chuckle at his response.... so like a teenage boy! Ever the pragmatic!! Ha Ha! Yes...having 3 (yep THREE!) teenage boys I can definitely say we have our eye rolling moments but when I get the unsolicited "I love you", well I just melt. I think if they truly realized how it affects us mothers they would say it more often... (you know as a secret weapon of sorts.. ha ha!) And i voted... I know which one is yours (said in a school girl sing song voice) it made me stop and gasp! I LOVE it! Yes this girl is going right out and chatting it up with certain folks in order to get the necessary components.... Seriously! It is awesome! I saw one in a shop or restaurant once and feel in love.... but then that was pre-internet days or maybe it was just pre-smart phone days... and I forgot it. until i saw it again and it was love ALL OVER AGAIN! have a great day! see you this weekend!

  9. Image for Debbie Hein Debbie Hein

    Not that you don't already know this, but I have to say it anyway, you are blessed. Karianne, you know what you are doing don't you...You, my friend, are raising a wonderful boy. One that is going to capture the heart of a lovely girl. You know the kind...with fancy socks, and sweet red lips, and press on nails. The kind that will talk his ear off and he will quietly sit and take it all in. Why? Because she will be so head over heals for him, and forever greatful for the amazing Mom who raised such a man. You know the kind...

  10. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    You have a family of rock stars....!!...and tell your "rock star" that the in the Japanese culture there is a very well celebrated birthday...88..double infinity...:)...

  11. Image for Detra Detra

    Since I know your rock star son(s), I totally agree with you. He is an amazing young man and I'm totally in love with him too.

  12. Image for Regina Regina

    Hmmm . . . I wondered if I could learn to write like some ancient philosopher on a lampshade . . . but then I noticed that one of the lines on the lampshade was "yeah, yeah, yeah!" LOVE IT!!! Your son is a keeper - as are they all, aren't they? I can be so aggravated at my teen that I can't see straight, but then she goes and does something like YOUR teen, and I'm in a mess of emotions. Infinity + 1 . . . is that the same as "to infinity and BEYOND?" ;)

  13. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I voted yesterday and have my fingers AND toes crossed for you....but that is totally unnecessary sice you are the BIGGEST rock star!!!! YOur son is so sweet. You sure must be doing something right. My son is now 44 years old, YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How the heck did that happen, especially since I haven't gotten any older:):) XO, Pinky

  14. Image for Candace Bertalan Horner Candace Bertalan Horner

    Oh how sweet. Yes I also have one of those teenage boys. So much eye rolling, and OH MOM STOP!!s, but each and every night I get a good night kiss, a hug before school, and a "who's the cutest Mom" comment that melts the heart. And we are Not Facebook friends, but that's ok too..... and next year he will be off to college with the older bro, and I will be aching for an OH MOM STOP!!

  15. Image for Karen Karen

    KariAnne, I don't have a son, I always said if I had one I would raise him to be the man that every woman deserves. I think you've done just that. I voted, I think it was yours! love the joke LOL.

  16. Image for Sarah Sarah

    OK, Miz Karianne, you have me smiling through some teary eyes with this one. I'm not a biological mom like you, but my heart knows the equation is mathematically possible when it comes to those we love beyond measure. And I admire you for sharing this very special insight into the heart of a very special young man. I knew all along he was a teenager who gets it. Lucky girl who marries this guy! ;-) ~~~~~~~Have a good day! I'm off to vote............Sarah

  17. Image for Zolane Zolane

    I have to admit that I looked at your son's comment again and again. I love those moments with my kids, too...heart melting and better than diamonds or rubies. So blessed. P.S. Good luck with the votes! I voted and am absolutely positive which one is yours...I just looked for the most amazing :) Hugs, Zolane

  18. Image for katie clooney katie clooney

    Just before I sat at my computer, I did my make up. Now I have to reapply after reading your post. What a touching story. Next time I'll wear waterproof mascara.

  19. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Once again sitting at my desk getting all teary eyed! What a sweet boy you have! I am a lucky mom of an awesome son away at college who sends my texts frequently saying he loves me! We have keepers! And one day two young ladies are going to be very lucky our boys have rock stars for moms!

  20. Image for Cassandra Cassandra

    I bet you are the best Mom! I wanted you to know that I went over to the contest via your link with the idea of being "fair", you know, voting for my actual favorite makeover. While I did like the bar with the old floor boards, I actually did like yours very best!!!!

  21. Image for Cheryl Cheryl

    Awww...what a great son! But, it just goes to show what a great mom he has! Beautiful photos, again! :-) Those red flowers are gorgeous and I never realized that they have little blue spots inside.

  22. Image for Michelle Michelle

    What a rock star son you have. Heck from the sounds of it your whole family are rock stars. I have two of my own(rock star sons) and love those rare moments when they let me know that I'm doing a good job as being their mom. Good luck tomorrow. I have to agree with everyone else, I spotted your project right away and love it! PS I voted!

  23. Image for Becca Becca

    Of course we know which fabulous project is yours because NO-body writes like you do, sweet friend ... it's a dead giveaway (as is your amazing creativity) ... loved your project! And, how sweet of your rock star son ... bottle these moments! Love the gorgeous flowers, too!

  24. Image for Claudine Claudine

    Awwwww, Karianne!!!! Why do you always make me cry??? I have a son, too. And he is also a Rock Star... I loved your project, I voted yesterday!!!! I kept checking and reading and one I found yours a big smile came to my face... I just knew it... This is your mark in the world, Karianne.. Making a difference in people's lives. we don't know each other other than through blogs and posts and comments... And yet we know each other! I could spot your project and your writing in the middle of all others. Amazing, isn't it??? Hugs!

  25. Image for Nana Diana Nana Diana

    Gotta love a boy that leaves you a comment like that. Teenagers will never understand the infinity plus one until they are parents themselves. I voted yesterday-hope you win! xo Diana

  26. Image for Leslie Leslie

    First time stopping by :) so I'll have to hop over and check out the voting activities! Such a sweet post.. I remember when my kids were teenagers (they are now 22 and 24) and the challenges surrounding the age of exploration and trying to be grown up. It's such a wonderful moment when everything finally comes together. You are right on the dime about being a Mom .. and anything is possible:) leslie

  27. Image for Trina Miner Trina Miner

    Your son is totally cool....and I hope that my boys (7 and 5) will be that totally cool with me when they are teenagers! Oh, and sorry....I totally (that is a lot of totally for one comment) know which project was yours. I am actually surprised that you aren't one of the "stars" :)

  28. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Congrats Karianne! My husband and I discussed making a bike tire clock too! I'm so glad I didn't though because your's was fantastic... not to mention the staging and photos! Great job, well deserved. :)

  29. Image for Tonya @ Love of Family & Home Tonya @ Love of Family & Home

    So sweet!! I hope that when my boys get big, that they read my blog & leave me sweet little comments like that! I know it must have made your day!! Love those red tulips! Love any kind of tulip....they are my favorite flower by far!! Gorgeous photos as always Karianne!

  30. Image for Kathy Kathy

    Does your son know my son? That is totally something he would say to me. Although I am impressed that your son commented on your blog, because my son would probably never do that! Good luck with the contest!

  31. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Wow, what a sweet kid. A rock star, just like his mom! You must be doing something (or everything) right! Love, love, love your blog, your home, and your style! Please visit

  32. Image for djgirl djgirl

    KariAnne, Just wanted to say hi, and that it was nice to meet and chat with you today at the checkout of Hobby Lobby. :) I now have your blog on my Kindle Fire. Have a great day, and God bless!

  33. Image for Patty O Patty O

    Karianne - I do hope you are in the top three and even if you aren't - remember we KNOW you are a ROCK STAR! (But we still hope you win!) And I can definitely see my 12 year old saying the same her Dad is a h.s. math instructor! But I love your version of Mom math! ;)

  34. Image for Ruth Ruth

    Can you tell me about the great Typeography Lampshade? Where did you get it and it's aprox cost or... was it a DIY and is there a post or tutorial? Love your blog Kerri... I feel like we could be sisters! Thanks! Ruth

  35. Image for Kitara Kitara

    I am a net junkie...always on the web searching reviews, watching reviews, shopping online, reading blogs, watching movies......but today was the very first time I subscribed to a blog. I was looking for the perfect gray paint and your blog was one of the results and I have spent an hour now reading your past posts. I just wanted to say that I love your writing. It makes me smile, laugh, teary-eyed. Your sincerity, your humor, kindness and love for making the most beautiful home you can provide for your family really shows through. I am so very glad that I found your blog in this infinity +1 size internet world and I would just kick myself if I lost you so I very first one. :0)

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