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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nana’s Birthday!


Happy Happy Birthday to my beautiful – ever so loving, Momma!  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I learn from my mom.  She didn’t have a formal education, nor did she grow up with many opportunities to lead and experience.  She is a Godly lady, so sweet and tender.  She can be a little “clueless” sometimes.  My sister and I tease her a lot…in a loving way.  (I have tears of laughter and love filling my eyes just thinking of the funny times with her). 

From my mom, I have learned…

1.  values and morals hold a key in ways to serve God and others. 

2.  to be kind to others, despite how they may treat me.  

3.  to be humble yet, proud of what I have accomplished, what I stand for, and challenges I have overcome.

4.  to gift smiles, belly laughs and grace to people who pass judgment on me or say negative things about me.

5. having empathy, understanding, compassion, integrity, reason, respect, responsibility and bravery are key to living a balanced and productive life.


AND, she has also taught me…

1.  a polished and finished look is important.  Why?  It is the “front cover” to what qualities and habits one encompasses.

2.  make-up and accessories are absolutes, if they help me (no one else) feel better.

3.  skin care is just as important as NOT sleeping with make-up on.

4.  keeping a super clean and super tidy home is impossible unless she lives in it.  NOT kidding.  

5. it is totally okay to be picky and detailed, only if I don’t require or expect it of other people. 

6. it is never okay to lie, but I don’t necessarily have to share everything I purchase (while shopping) with my hubby:).  Men aren’t interested anyway…right?


These are just a few of the many things (some important and valued, and some silly and random) I have learned from my mom.  I hope to be the best mom I can be, just like she was to me and my siblings!  I am so blessed to have had her keep Nealy full time until the age of 3 years, and share the time (with Scott’s mom) keeping Brayden until the age of 4 years.  Blessed because I know she has passed along her love of life and sweet innocent spirit to my babies.  I love you mom!….WE love you mom.


LOVE this photo


We took my mom to her favorite lunch place, La Madeline.  MMM!  One of my favorites too!


Time got away from me and I didn’t get all the photos I wanted but, reflecting on the day, I am happy we utilized the time talking, sharing, remembering, and CELEBRATING my mom.





Mommie Couture said...

So sweet!

Our Little Bubble said...

your mother is beautiful... I love the things she taught you! a very wise woman she must be :)