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Mother Teresa

April 30, 2012

Today is my mom’s birthday. The big 6-0. My two sisters and I have been planning for her birthday since before Christmas, wracking our brains on how to properly celebrate, honor, and thank our mom. We jokingly call her Mother Teresa, because she has always sacrificed her happiness and well-being in order to give her children a better life. As a single mom, she raised the three of us on a farm. Our childhood had many tears and heartaches, as well as many laughs, much joy, and fond memories … it brought us closer and taught us more than perhaps another fate may ever have done.

As my sisters and I tossed around ideas about how to celebrate Mom’s big day on a limited budget, I ran across this post from Hands Free Mama: “The Gift of the Moment.” Rachel talks about the “memory book” she made for her husband’s birthday of memories and stories from friends and family. That idea gave us the perfect gift for our mom: a list of the “60 Things Mom Taught Us.”

So my sisters and I filled each other’s inboxes with ideas and memories. We wanted to include all of our “inside jokes” and memories of our childhood, as well as some of the meaningful life lessons mom taught us. Once we were all home for Christmas, we secretly pulled our ideas together to make the top 60 list. We surprised Mom with this list on Christmas Day; it was an early birthday present, but it was the only time we’d all be together.

To publically honor my mom, Teresa, on her 60th birthday, I want to share a few of the memories and life lessons from her list of “60 Things Mom Taught Us.”

    • To love all types of music, from Elvis, Patsy Cline, and the Beach Boys, to gospel hymns and Bare Naked Ladies.
    • How to dig out of a snowy ditch on Christmas.
    • How to peacefully put a child to sleep by caressing her face.
    • How to whip together a gourmet meal in 30 minutes or less.
    • How to make the perfect Sunday roast.
    • How to make a house a home.
    • To appreciate classics like Gone with the Wind, White Christmas, and Dr. Zhivago, as well as Dallas, Hee-Haw, Little House on the Prairie, and The Barbara Mandrell Show.
    • Being “perfect” doesn’t matter, because your kids still think you’re the best Mommy in the world.
    • Mom will always answer the phone and open the door, even at 3 in the morning.
    • Sometimes only music soothes the soul.
    • When no one else is there for you, you’ll always have your mom.
    • Sometimes you just need a day (or two) home from school.
    • Treasure our grandparents, because they will be gone sooner than we’d like.
    • Nothing is better than homemade ice cream in July.
    • Friends come and go, but you’ll always have your sisters.
    • The garage door is always open and the porch light on, for when you get home.
    • Take good care of your health, because your mother won’t always be around to tell you so.
    • How to cook without a recipe.
    • Eat ice cream whenever you want.
    • “A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”
    • Always have a dress coat.
    • Sit up straight.
    • You can always come home, no matter what.
    • It’s okay to stay in your pajamas all day.
    • It’s okay to eat chocolate cake for breakfast.
    • You don’t have to make your bed.
  • Always say your prayers.

Happy 60th Birthday, Mom!

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2012 7:34 am

    What a fantastic idea, and a beautiful way to honor your mom. Happy birthday to her!

  2. April 30, 2012 7:38 am

    A very happy and blessed birthday to your Mom!

  3. erinschaffner permalink
    April 30, 2012 8:04 am

    beautiful tribute (and picture) of a beautiful lady!

  4. April 30, 2012 8:50 am

    Happy Birthday Mom!
    Beautiful tribute
    But, Oh! I could be your mom! I just turned 60 last August – startling at 5:30am
    Have a wonderful celebration
    Blessings on all

  5. April 30, 2012 11:12 am

    So many beautiful life lessons from an amazing woman! What a gift that you share them with us! THANK YOU!!!

    • April 30, 2012 8:47 pm

      Thank you! The lessons are so meaningful to us. And there’s many more that I didn’t include. Most have “stories” behind them!

  6. Ashley Kerth permalink
    April 30, 2012 11:46 am

    Love this, Christi! I learned from my mom that usually less is more, unless you are talking about fine jewelry, then more is more. 😉 Love you! God Bless your mom for raising one of my best friends.

    • April 30, 2012 8:48 pm

      Wow, your mama is smart! Less is more except when it comes to fine jewelry, fine wine, and fine friends! 🙂

      • Ashley Kerth permalink
        April 30, 2012 8:55 pm

        Absolutely! The best is sharing fine wine with fine friends wearing fine jewelry… 😉

  7. Jen Harper permalink
    April 30, 2012 12:13 pm

    The sweetest lady ever! Happy Birthday TC!

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