Isn't she beautiful. I mean she is just in regular clothes here, but you should see her all dressed up and ready to go out. WOW! She has some amazing pictures as a young lady, she was stunning then too! My dad always tells her how beautiful she is. It's a compliment to me when people tell me I look like my mom.
We celebrated her birthday a day earlier since most of the family was going to the beach on her birthday and the California visitors where still here and weren't all that interested in going to the beach in Washington at the cold ocean and cold weather. (It really ended up being a pretty windy yucky day at the beach but at least my girls had fun.)
My mom is such a wonderful lady. She is always thinking of others. She has done so many things for our family both when all of us 7 kids where growing up and even now that most of us have our own families. She will put her needs and wants on hold to help any of us out. She doesn't complain about all she does for us. I think of all the farm animals that she feeds and cares for. She is such a great example to me. She has taught me so many things that you can't learn from a book. She has taught me patience and the ability to keep on going even when you want to give up. She is the one that will listen to me and even be on my side if I have a grumble about something that I don't think is fair or when I want to complain about something. She reminds me of the whole purpose of life, and how our family is always number one in importance. She is always reminding me to take time for myself and the kids will still be just fine. She is like that burst of energy you get at night and decide to tackle some big project. She is strong. She is wise. I remember those days when I didn't think maybe she understood what I was talking about or what I was going through when I was going through a hard time. I learned that if I would have only listened or if I wasn't so caught up in ME then I would have realized she had some wisdom to share that would have made things better or easier or maybe just given me hope that I needed. Only if myself at 16 would have really listened a little more like her mother, I would have too been more wise. At least I have that wisdom now.
My mom is always helping other people... babysitting or taking care of their animals, or playing the piano for them are just a few off the top of my head. I was talking to her on the phone one time when she was telling me about some kids she was babysitting... she has started crying telling me she helps out young families in her area in hopes that those blessings will come to my family so far away, or so that maybe someone else will do the same things for my family. I think sometimes that is a hard thing for her to be so far away and not be able to help more. Her mom was always close to help out and I am the second one that has been long distance and having a young family. My mom is selfless. She would help someone else out even if it set her back a abit. She is an amazing lady. She has molded the women I am today... she has helped me become who I am.
I wish we could have done something amazing for my mom for her birthday... I didn't even get her a gift. I did call her and wish her a happy birthday... Funny thing, she thought it was my sister who was sitting outside... and I was in my dad's office calling her from his cell phone. We love to play with her. She takes it so well. She has a pretty good sense of humor as well. Such an amazing mom should have a super birthday.... but I guess she had all her family there, minus one sister and that had to be okay too. Happy Birthday to my beautiful Mom! I love you Mom, you mean the world to me!