today is my mom's birthday.
i'm not sure if i could possibly put into words what she means to me...to our family, but i'll sure try.
she's the glue that holds us all together.
she is kind...really, really kind hearted.
she's a peace maker and a peace keeper. you know, she's the opposite of a trouble maker.
she loves people exactly where they are at..
she's not judgemental.
my husband would die for this woman. literally. he adores her.
my brother's wife loves her..which says enough, right? she's a really good mother in law.
my dad is genuinely thankful for her and how she has loved him.
she has always been a hard worker.
she should have written a book on being a homemaker.
growing up, our home wasn't big and fancy...but it was always clean and warm and welcoming.
our meals were homemade and southern...very, very southern.
she made the best lunches for me..the kind that made every other kid at school want her to be their mom.
my friends all wanted to hang out at our house because she made sure we had the best snacks.
omgoodness. she drove a white mustang gt when i was in j-high...and that made her really cool.
when i had my first child and i cried to her because he wouldn't follow the exact schedule that a certain book told me he should be following, she told me to burn the book and rock him to sleep.
she sends my kids a card for every.single.holiday.
usually with a little cash for them to blow.
she's taught me everything i ever need to know about cooking.
about playing with my kids.
about being a good friend.
about love in a marriage being a daily decision.
boy, has she ever taught me about staying power.
she let me tuck all my stuffed animals into bed with me each night, and i had about 472 of them.
when i wrote my boyfriend's name all over my walls with markers in the 6th grade, she didn't kill me.
she is a really strong woman.
strong with a super gentle spirit.
she's exactly who i wanted to grow up and be just like.
happy birthday, mom.
ps. that's my big brother in the picture with her.
isn't she beautiful? she's so little, you could fold her up and put her in your pocket.