Today is my mom's birthday! For those of you who don't know her, she is spectacular. She is the best mom and I love her dearly so I dedicate this post to her!!! Everyone that knows her wants to be her best friend and her best friends count themselves lucky! She is one in a million and I adore her! Here are the top ten things I lover about her:
1 - She's a dreamer - at fourty something she decided she wanted to publish her book. After months and months of dialogue with Covenant, she got published!! She is about to introduce her third novel to the reading world and I couldn't be more proud of her!
2 - She is passionate about everything she does. If it's seminary, then she reads and studies until the wee hours. If she is family vacation, she has loaded the car to the roof with games, food and rainy day supplies! She gives EVERYTHING 200%, no less!
3 - She loves us. I can't think of a time growing up where I didn't feel adored, treasured, and loved. She is the best at making you feel like a star.
4 - She's our religious pioneer! Her mother let the missionaries in fourty some years ago but it was my mom's faith and steadfastness that got us here! She loves the gospel and continues to teach us by example daily. She knows the scriptures so well that the people in them are real to her. I admire her so much and want to be like her in that way! She is faithful in every way!
5 - She's a musician - It's sickening how talented my mom is. On top of being a great writer, she is this amazing singer. I have SO many fond memories of her singing to us and instilling a love of music into each of us. I credit her for all my musical talent and am so grateful to her for spending money on lessons for me and making in seem so important to her. Even today, you can walk into her home and just hear her singing away!
6 - She is so funny! Whenever we get together we laugh so much! She finds humor in all that is around her and I think because of it, we grew up happy kids. Her laugh is so contagious and has become imprinted on my brain for all time.
7 - She finds joy in small things. My mom is one that sees the little miracles of life and is quick to be grateful. She is a very happy person and can just as excited about a cruise as she can about her grandchildren smiling.
8 - She's got grace. My mom is a class act and was blessed with social graces. She literally walks into a room and people want to be around her. She makes everyone feel good and important - it's a real gift.
9 - She loves my dad. This has been such an important thing to us as we get older. We learned how sacred marriage is by watching my parents love each other so beautifully! We joke that we hate to see them all lovey, but in fact, it would bother me if they weren't. She still calls him studly and refers to him as our daddy dumpling - pretty sweet!
10 - She never stops improving herself. I think that is the best lesson she can teach her adult children is that we never stop learning, we can always be better that what we are, and that there is great joy in the journey!
I love you mom! You are the finest person I know! What a blessing you are to so many people and how grateful we are for you!