Today my mom turns 50. I know you’re not really supposed to talk about a woman’s age, but I feel like 50 is a pass because it’s such a milestone in our society. Normally when people say 50, it sounds “old” because they pair it with “Over the Hill.” But nothing about my mom seems old or over the hill. I hope someday when I’m 50 I look as good as her. She could probably do a cartwheel if she wanted to.
When my dad turned 50 last year (he’s way older than her and she reminds him regularly), I wrote a post of 50 things I really like about him. I’ve gone back and read it a couple times and it always makes me smile to see in writing some of the wonderful things about the father God gave me and I wanted to do the same for my mom. For her to know some reasons why I love her, for me to have to look back on someday, and for others to get a glimpse into the person that she is. She’s a gem.
1. She loves to laugh and she has a great laugh.
2. She loves to give good gifts to her children.
3. She is so very creative.
4. She’s not afraid to get her hands dirty (playdough, paint, dirt, etc).
5. Growing up, she let my brother’s and I help her do things that she could have much more easily done herself.
6. She very patiently and lovingly home schooled us in a way that makes us all wish we could go back and do it again.
7. She let us all be who we are while teaching us to be like Christ.
8. I would come down the stairs in the morning when I was in high school to find her sitting on the couch reading her Bible.
9. She was purposeful about spending time with my brothers and I in every stage of our lives.
10. She sang songs with us in the car.
11. She taught us Bible verses.
12. We started school every morning by reading Scripture outloud.
13. She loves other people.
14. She gives of her time and energy regularly to help those in need.
15. She is a fantastic teacher. Throughout my lifetime she has taught Bible studies for women and youth, taught at VBS, homeschooled my brothers and me, taught English to people of all ages from Japan and Korea, taught me how to sew, and so much more. She is patient, and kind, and doesn’t make you feel inferior for not already knowing something.
16. She thinks my dad is the bees knees (he is).
17. She’s a researcher. She doesn’t want to know surface level information. She wants to study and understand.
18 She loves to watch television series and even though she absolutely knows it’s just made up, she still likes to talk it through and analyze it. (We’ve spent many a facetime conversation discussing 24 and NCIS)
19. Every Thursday, she plans, preps, and cooks dinner for a ton of people that come to their house for Bible study. And then she cleans it all up.
20. She has a servants heart.
21. She loves my babies.
22. She remembers things about me and makes a point to talk about them, compliment me on them, help me through them, or give me special treats based on something I’ve mentioned in the past.
23. She holds my dad’s hand.
24. She’s occasionally sarcastic and I love it.
25. She has great style. I miss living close enough to borrow from her closet.
26. She likes to quote funny lines from movies, shows, comedians, and past conversations.
27. She is excellent at having conversations. I always love to hear her talk to people (especially people I already know) because she has this way of asking things that make them talk about the most interesting topics and it’s normally things I’ve never heard them talk about before.
28. People see how genuine she is and open up to her. She’s a magnet for people who need help, are struggling through a situation, or want to know more about who our great God is because she’s so authentic in her faith and honest about who she is and how she got to where she is now as a wife, a mother, a friend, and a Believer.
29. She is such a great friend.
30. People LOVE her. It’s such a privilege to be her daughter because whenever I meet someone who knows her or see old friends of hers they treat me well on her behalf because they think so highly of her. (I could give MULTIPLE examples of this)
31. She and my dad still “date” after more than 25 years of marriage.
32. She likes butter.
33. She didn’t use to like coffee, but now she likes it so much that she receives at least one coffee cup for almost every gift giving holiday. She LOVES them people and your kindness is not overlooked, but you can start getting her something else now. (Hint: Coffee. They have a Keurig. She likes Starbucks.)
34. As a new mom now, she is the perfect amount of helpful to me without overstepping.
35. She and I can accomplish a task together with almost no words because we think so much alike.
36. She can put together furniture like nobodies business.
37. She (and my dad) “let” my youngest brother have purple hair. I wasn’t even allowed to color my hair normal colors.
38. She has the prettiest hands.
39. She is so very good with Aisley. She loves her and spoils her while at the same time teaching her and not letting her get away with too much.
40. She has a scooter.
41. She is scuba certified and loves to snorkel.
42. She (and dad) is responsible for nearly half of Aisley’s wardrobe and it’s the half that I can’t stand to get rid of or even pack away because it’s all so cute and thoughtfully chosen.
43. She reads and comments on nearly every blog post of mine.
44. Even from oceans away she’s my biggest cheerleader and constant encouragement.
45. She has flown over for the birth of both my children and been such a huge help in both preparing for their arrival and adjusting afterward.
46. She sends us the most thoughtful packages filled with handmade, sweetly folded clothes, the best and most beautiful toys, and treasures she’s collected just for Aisley.
47. She takes pictures. But not just snap shots. She puts heart and thought and care into capturing meaningful moments. (Most the time, but she also is known to take 1000 pictures of the same thing and then not delete ANY of them!)
48. She takes really good care of things.
49. She is such an incredible example of a wife and mother and while I miss her, I am so very glad that she gets to be salt and light and wisdom and love to all the Navy/Marine wives around her!
50. She came to visit me a few times when I was in college. All my friends thought she was so very cool and if I could go back and do it again I would have had her come visit way more often.
Love you Mom! Beyond thankful for you in my life. Happy Birthday!