Jenna Bush Hager Wishes Mom Laura and Late Grandmother a Happy Mother's Day

Jenna Bush Hager’s post honored the matriarchs in her family, celebrating them with adorable throwbacks of former first lady Laura Bush and her late grandmother.

This Mother’s Day, Jenna Bush Hager honored the women in her life who had a hand in making her into the person she is today in a touching Instagram post.

The "Today Show" co-host paid a sweet tribute to her mother Laura Bush and maternal grandmother, Jenna Hawkins.


In the post, she fondly remembered her beloved grandmother and namesake who died last year at the age of 99 – just two days before Mother's Day.

Last week the former first lady, 73, gushed about Jenna’s parenting when she was on "Today with Hoda and Jenna.”

Laura Bush and daughter author Jenna Bush Hager attend the 2014 Social Good Summit in 2014. | Source: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Laura Bush and daughter author Jenna Bush Hager attend the 2014 Social Good Summit in 2014. | Source: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

During the show, Laura Bush praised her daughter's mothering skills and patience levels, saying to  Hoda and the audience,

“I think Jenna’s terrific as a mother. She knows how to play with them and have fun with them. I don’t ever really see her lose patience with them.”

The talk show host has three children, daughters Mila and Poppy, and son Hal who she welcomed with husband Henry Hager last year.
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Mila this morning: Mom, it doesn’t seem like Easter this year. Me: Why baby? M: well, we aren’t leaving the house. We don’t get to see Mimi and Bumpy. We are watching church instead of going.” And so we got dressed up and we cooked and prayed around the table, grateful. Thankful for a beautiful world and a God that loves us so much. Then after lunch Mila said, “Mom, this is the best Easter ever....because Hal is here.” And I thought that’s it baby girl—it isn’t about where travel , or parties full of people, it is about the greatest and most simple gifts like their baby brother on his first Easter. We are praying of those who feel alone, lonely. Those who have lost hope. May you find joy and comfort knowing you are loved.

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Coincidently, Mother’s day not only landed on the anniversary of her grandmother's death, but she also celebrated her 12-year wedding anniversary.

In another touching post shared on Instagram, Jenna reminisced about her wedding day that took place “as the sun set over Texas.” 

In her book "Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss," Jenna credited her mother as the reason she is a good parent to her children.

Writing in Southern Living, she thanked her mother for the steady source of maternal strength in the family adding that she “led by example."

“She’s unflappable, so even in the midst of trying times, she’s been the rock, the steady force that has kept our family calm in moments that were unspeakably turbulent.”

Jenna wrote that it was the sense of calm that her mother brought to their lives that allowed her and her twin sister Barbara Bush to grow up in a harmonious home. 

While her book, written as a tribute to her grandparents, has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing she has said she is looking forward to doing is giving her mother a hug.  

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