Saturday, February 23, 2008

I Love My Mom
I had saved that story about Red and the military for a day when I didn't have anything to blog about. I got up this morning, listed of a bunch of things I wanted to get done today (all of them very boring) and decided that today would be a good day to share that story because I couldn't think of anything else but my to-do list. And now I'm back. Because I thought of something that I would really love to share with you today...
It's my Mom's birthday today! I was going to put up a bunch of pictures of her, but almost all of the ones I could find had the kids in them! (And Hubby still doesn't want their pictures up... so I'm honoring that :P) She loves my kids! She will sit and play games or dolls or read stories... whatever they would like to do, she's willing. She has even offered to take all three of them for a week this summer!
She's always been someone that I could talk to. She is one of those amazing listeners who will hear you out without interrupting or changing the subject. She would wait up for me when I went out with friends or on dates. It wasn't so much to make sure that I got home on time (although, I'm sure that was part of it), but she loved (or at least pretended to love) to hear about the things I did. And I really treasured those times.
I remember seeing my Mom read a lot when I was a kid and she used to read to us all the time. I think that this is where I get my great love of reading. She has also always been a spiritual giant in my life. Whenever I've had a problem, she has given spiritual advice first. I know she prays for us. I can feel it.
She hates the fact that we live in California. She's pretty sure that we will all die from:
a - earthquakes
b - air pollution
c - gang violence
d - any other bad thing you may have ever heard about Southern California!
Some might get really annoyed by this, but for me, it's just another way that she shows that she cares!
One thing that I have always loved about my Mom is that she not only listens to, but asks for my opinions. She values my thoughts. Even though some of my thoughts gave her a pretty rough time during my teen years (Sorry Mom!), I think she still tried to pull good things out of it... if there WAS anything good to pull.
She's caring and compassionate, but, she doesn't take things too seriously. She likes to laugh and be silly and have a great time.
My parents are planning to come this fall for Little Bug's Birthday. They know that this is going to be a hard time for me. They have already asked for the time off and they want us to all go to Disneyland together (I'm game!). They want to be here to support my family and to celebrate a wonderful little boy!
Oh, and did I mention that she loves Jon Schmidt? First few songs on the playlist are his... (just for you Mom!!)
I am so blessed to have her as my Mom and my friend! (Thanks for everything Mom - I love you!)


Holly said...

Beautiful tribute Melissa! When we can call our moms friends, we are doubly blessed!

Happy Birthday Mom!

JustRandi said...

Happy birthday to your Mom!!
Oh, and you forgot California falling into the ocean via mudslide.
and Fires.

That's what I worry about in CA.

sariqd said...

Dear Friend... thank you for sharing those beautiful thoughts about your Mom. That just made my heart so happy to read this post.

Also, I read your post about Little Bug. I have a nephew with autism as well. I know it's a huge struggle for my sister yet she was told... those milestones? Sometimes they're milestones just for us - not the person. He doesn't need those things like the rest of us... I don't know if it's any comfort but thought I would share another perspective.

Know that you're loved. You and yours.

Tonya said...

Your mom sounds wonderful. I'm so glad you have a great relationship with her.

Kimberly said...

How lovely! I'm glad my twin has a mum (almost) as lovely as my own!

Tammy and Parker said...

I love my Mom too. :)

Tammy and Parker

Yvonne said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mom. She sounds like a wonderful person--and she raised one terrific daughter ; )

Happy Birthday to your mom.

Magirk said...

I loved reading this beautiful post about your mother. :) She sounds like a special, special lady.

I hate to say it, but, I'm jealous. :(

My mom and I have never had a really good relationship. I wish we were closer like that.

I'm glad she's such a wonderful support for you!

Amber said...

Sweet post and I loooove the look of the blog. Seriously. That banner picture ROCKS!

And Jon Schmidt the pianist? (I can't listen because I blew out my speakers when I dumped a gallon of water on my computer. Whoops!) If so, he was in the bishopric in my BYU ward way back when. What a fantastic guy!

diana said...

your mom sounds like a wonderful woman and that was a nice tribute you wrote. i hope you're all able to visit disneyland together. i can't wait to take my grandkids (no, i don't have any yet) there.

Nancy Face said...

I loved this sweet tribute to your mom...and I love February birthdays! ;)

teri said...

i loved reading this. your mom sounds amazing...such a blessing to you and your kids! thanks so much for sharing!!

i too am lucky to have a mom like this!