If you’ve ever met Leslie Olston, then you know what a great wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother she is. She loves her family more than anything in the world, and they all know this.
Leslie also has some very unique traits, such as being able to think for herself and wearing her heart on her sleeve. She is of course very caring and she has a strong work ethic, both of which help feed into her being a truly extraordinary mother.
Her kids – Elijah, Tyler, Grace, Ruby and Jackson – all know they could not do it without her. She is a role model and she is the one who helps them through some of life’s toughest times. She is some of their day ones, and the rest she has loved ever since the day they entered her life.
“My mother means a TON to me,” Tyler said. “She loves us all so much and has always taken amazing care of us. For that, I love her endlessly.”
From all the music-listening adventures to the time Leslie slipped on the kitchen floor and blamed everyone else, she is all about making life memorable for her children.
She is also all about being the best mother possible. With five kids to take care of, that is no easy task, but someone like Leslie makes it look so natural and easy.
“The simple truth of what being a parent is… It’s not always easy,” Elijah said. “You might not always do it exactly right. But you do it. And you never give up. My favorite parts of me come from my mama. We have so much in common and I’m so very lucky to have you. I wouldn’t be half the man, father or friend I am without you.”
Back in 2020, Elijah welcomed his first child into the world, Finley Kurt. This just so happens to be Leslie’s first grandchild, and she loves that little boy so much. She loves to spoil him and she loves to be a present grandmother, just like she has always been a present mother.
For Leslie, love for her family is like second nature. It is a big part of her, and her kids being the priority is never in doubt.
“We both came from great and loving families,” her husband Jeff said. “Leslie has a big family which no doubt loves each other. Leslie has always believed in taking care of her own. She loves endlessly and fights deeply for her family and friends, no matter the issue and no matter the outcome.”
Leslie is always going to have her loved one’s backs, and that is one of the many things that are admired about her. She has endless compassion and a shirt-off-her-back attitude.
She has instilled this attitude into her own children as well. They all know their siblings are some of the people you will be closest to in their lives, and they have come to admire and appreciate that fact.
“She’s taught us how to take care of each other and how to survive,” Jackson said.
Leslie has taught her children the many ways of life and how to make the most of it. You only get one life, so you should live it to the fullest.
“She teaches me everything,” Ruby said. “All the important things and all the more enjoyable things that come with the hardships we all face, but most of all she teaches me now to be the truest version of myself that I can be.”
Be who you are and don’t change for anybody. This is something Leslie has done throughout her life in being such a genuine person, and she has shown her kids how to do the same.
In many other ways, she is a great example to her kids too. She is not afraid to be a little blunter about the realities of life, and this is something they really appreciate.
“She teaches us real life lessons,” Grace said. “Like how to stand up for yourself, how to deal with mental health and how to find your voice. She teaches us to be who we want to be, not what everyone else wants us to be. She teaches us how to help others, to feel for others and to see what others are going through instead of just the people around us.”
It is no wonder Leslie’s kids, and even her husband, look up to her in many ways. She is full of wisdom and uses her own life as a true example to learn from.
She is someone who is also not just about what is best for her children, but what is best for other people. Leslie treats people with kindness, and she is one of the world’s biggest confidants. She is loyal to a T, and she is someone you want to have a conversation with.
“She’s very nice and can talk easily with others,” Jackson said.
Of course, as mentioned before, Leslie is going to have your back too. If she sees you struggling, she is going to help out in any way she can.
“She never says no, not even to a stranger selling something on the street,” Grace said.
All that being said, Leslie is someone who truly lives life to the fullest as well. When she is around family and friends, she tries to have the best time possible. She just loves life, and she has a natural glow about her.
“She always wants to be having a good time and wants others to be having a great time,” Tyler said. “She treats all people as equal and can bring out some of the best qualities in people.”
Leslie can bring out the best in others, especially her children. They love her for this fact and many more, and they just love being around her.
One of her children in particular also loves the special connection they have involving food, and she feels the trait she has gained out of it is something she will cherish forever.
“Mom and I are the biggest of probably the biggest foodies ever,” Ruby said. “We are constantly trying new things and searching for a new, exciting thing to test out.”
Food is just one of the many ways Leslie bonds with her children, as proven time and time again. She has a special connection with them all, and she has a strong relationship with her husband, and for all that she is loved, admired and appreciated.
“Growing up, when I would leave the house you’d say, ‘Remember who you are.’ Best advice I ever got. Love you, Mama.” – Elijah
“Most of ALL of this does not make sense. We might not ever make complete sense. I can’t really explain ALL the struggles with certainty or why they persist. I can, however, explain the intense emotion, the emphatic attraction, the great experiences, and why we will always belong TOGETHER. Being IN LOVE. It is always enough. That makes the most sense of anything I have ever known!” – Jeff