Wednesday, August 13, 2008

50 Years in the making

Today is all about bringing joy, love, honor, and blessings to my mom. Today she is turning 50!!

To honor her I have thought of "50" memories or things about her life that I think are part of her legacy.

  1. Laurie Ann was born on August 13th 1958 in the beautiful state of Washington

  2. She attended the Salvation Army church as a little girl where a seed of Jesus’ love was planted in her heart

  3. She was born in the middle of a bunch of siblings where she learned out of necessity that it wasn’t all about her and sharing was part of real life

  4. She grew up in a home that was dysfunctional before it was okay to say that word in public

  5. She fought for herself before the legal age said she could and made a choice to be different than her environment

  6. She met, fell in love and married one fine looking young man whose smile will warm any heart

  7. She was committed to loving this young man, and was committed to teach him how to love her and that love was a beautiful thing

  8. She got pregnant the summer of 1976 and against doctors recommendations listened to her intuition

  9. She became a mommy in the spring of 1977

  10. She took care of her baby, her husband and did the best she knew how

  11. She took care of our home as she was the "mother hen" of the chicken coop

  12. She celebrated every holiday with passion and excitement and no detail was left unattended

  13. She took her little girl to feed the ducks

  14. She took her little girl to see her grandparents

  15. She played in the pool

  16. She made a special snack drawer full of snacks

  17. She was committed to protecting her family

  18. She supported her husband in his job and she did her job

  19. She kept a clean house, everyday

  20. She was willing to try pregnancy again

  21. She got very big, so big that she got stuck in daddies truck

  22. She was brave and delivered another baby girl

  23. She asked for help when she brought home her baby

  24. She saw that each daughter was created differently and loved us each

  25. She read us stories

  26. She made crafts with us

  27. She made our birthdays feel like national holidays

  28. She made Christmas lists of the gifts she bought us (which we found)

  29. She made us spend "quality time" as sisters in the same room if we chose not to be civil to each other

  30. She cooked great meals

  31. She attended all our school events

  32. She punished us by picking out our school clothes

  33. She nursed our scraped knees, and our hurt hearts

  34. She made us laugh

  35. She kept the cookie jar filled

  36. She took interest in our friends

  37. She pushed us harder than we wanted to be pushed, cause she believed in us

  38. She wears matching "underclothes" everyday, not only do they match each other they match what she is wearing…(I think this might classify as OCD)

  39. She made our special birthday cakes for our birthday

  40. She packed so much food for our camping trips, and had a rule we had to eat it all before we could come home

  41. She could always see through us to our heart

  42. She stands by her husband

  43. She is a sensitive, caring, and loving person

  44. She is Nana

  45. She thinks "Passachusetts" is a state

  46. She gets joy by giving gifts to other people

  47. She loves her family

  48. She is willing to be changed by God

  49. She is beautiful

  50. She is a daughter of her Heavenly Father

    Mom I love you!

May you continue to add your legacy and may you continue to bring glory to your Father up above.


ThreeGirlyGirls said...

What an awesome momma you have!! I loved your list! Especially the clean house every day one??? WOW!!!

ps- thank you so much for your prayers and love for Hope! It means so much right now!!

Truth4thejourney said...

Proverbs 31:28 "Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise."

What a touching post. My heart felt warm when I finished reading it! Thank you for sharing how much your Mom has positively impacted your life. :)

Krista said...

What a sweet way to honor your mother! She sounds fantastic.

Cherish each moment,

Runner Mom said...

How special!! Please tell her that your friends in bloggy land said Happy B'day!! I loved this idea! Thanks so much for sharing those special memories. She sounds wonderful...guess that's where you got it from!! :)

# 38 (the OCD one) made me laugh!! I have friends who do that! And the clean house thing....if you could see what I need to do!!! But I'm having much more fun reading blogs in my chunk of free time this afternoon!!

Love ya,

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday to your mom. What a beautiful tribute!!!

Chatty Kelly said...

What a wonderful tribute. You are truly blessed.

Cindy said...

What a wonderful post and tribute to your mom. I will be '50' in 72 days.
Thank you for your prayers over my health. I am feeling some better. Whatever got me ~ was a bad thing!!!
I hope to have my new blog up and running by Friday!!!
Have a great day.

Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

Nicole that is a beautiful tribute to your mom!

I love how you remember so many of the simple moments - it reminds me of what our kids want most...our time, our love, our smiles, our laughter, our hugs!

Love you!!

Anonymous said...

I love you and thank-you and the boys for making my day the best ever...

Pinkshoelady said...

What a beautiful legacy you have.
Thank you for sharing! I think it is important to share our legacy's from those who have shown us the way.

Now I think I will go call my mom!