Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Happy "28th" Birthday, Mom!!!!

Although there are many things about myself that I'd like to change, there are actually a few that I like! I would have to say that most of my good qualities probably come from my mom (along with a few family quirks!) So on this, her 28th birthday, I'd like to list 28 of hers (thank goodness she's not 52 or some old age like that...then I'd have to really come up with a long list!). Happy Happy Birthday, Mom! ILYSM!
  1. My mom was born on April 8, 1980.
  2. I was born that same year...that's funny.
  3. Next year it will be 1981!
  4. My mom hates clutter! A few days ago Joe was using the butter and left it out on the counter. He went back to get it again and it wasn't there--I'd put it away. He said, "You really are your mom's daughter, aren't you?"
  5. My mom always taught me that I didn't necessarily have to like everyone, but I had to be nice! This was great advice.
  6. Except when it backfired with the nerdy boys who got the wrong idea thinking I liked them when I was just being nice. At least I don't have any enemies!
  7. My mom always taught me that I would feel better after taking a shower. I still feel more relaxed if I'm showered and dressed than if I stay in my pajamas all day. I can put on my pajamas after showering, but I have to shower (and put on at least some mascara).
  8. My mom's not a huge phone person. I'm not either.
  9. I inherited my mom's love of music and singing. I grew up singing the Judd's with my mom and sister.
  10. My mom isn't judgmental.
  11. At all. When I was probably in Junior High, my family went to Magic Mountain. My mom and I were in line for Free Fall (the worst ride ever...it just banged our heads all around the whole time), and she made friends with all the gangsters in line with us.
  12. My mom really loves people. It's not an act!
  13. My mom has ALWAYS been my biggest supporter and fan. When I ran for Student Body President in the 6th grade, she was there to make sure at least one person was cheering for me!
  14. My mom always knew and loved my friends. They all felt welcome in our house. I hope my kids' friends feel the same way about me!
  15. My school projects stressed my mom out as much as they did me! She stayed up late to help me to completion.
  16. And sometimes completed them for me...I would've never gone to Japan if she hadn't filled out the scholarship application!
  17. My mom loves to exercise...she used to go walking at 4 in the morning or some crazy hour like that!
  18. My mom used to make up silly songs for us. I still remember, "Once there was an iddy biddy mouse who came to live in our iddy biddy house..."
  19. To keep me warm while walking, she would march with me and say, "I left, I left, I left my wife and 48 kids but I right, I write, I write to them every night....I left...."
  20. She is super close to her mom and sisters. Family is super important!
  21. My mom has always sacrificed her own needs for ours.
  22. I still call her when I'm sick or need to cry.
  23. My mom never complains about church service.
  24. She also never complains about my dad's church service which leaves her alone a lot of the time!
  25. When I broke my leg in High School, we totally bonded. She helped me get dressed, shower, and have a positive attitude about my situation.
  26. My mom loves trying new lotions, face washes, etc.
  27. My mom loves my dad. Together they raised 3 happy, healthy kids that still love them! I appreciate that more now that I'm a parent.
  28. My mom is my best friend! Happy 28th Birthday, Mom! Here's to many more years of youth!

Here are some lyrics to one of the songs we used to sing together. It describes how I feel about my mom perfectly (and how I know she feels about us). I love you!

"Love Can Build A Bridge

I'd gladly walk across the desert

With no shoes upon my feet

To share with you the last bite of bread I had to eat

I would swim back to save you

In your sea of broken dreams

When all your hopes are sinking

Let me show you what love means

Love can build a Bridge

Between your heart and mine

Love can build a Bridge

Don't you think it's time?

Don't you think it's time?

I would whisper love so loudly

Every heart could understand

That love and only love

Can join the tribes of man

I would give my heart's desire

So that you might see

The first step is to realize

That it all begins with you and me

Love can build a Bridge

Between your heart and mine

Love can build a Bridge

Don't you think it's time?

Oh, don't you think it's time?

When we stand together

It's our finest hour

We can do anything, anything

Anything, anything

Keep believin' in the power

Love can build a Bridge

Between your heart and mine

Love can build a Bridge

Don't you think it's time?

Don't you think it's time?


Kimberly and Devon said...

I loved your post! You are so sweet and thoughtful! I am so glad we are all so close and have such good memories of our childhood and family! Love ya!

Michael said...

"Well, yes I do!" Good post. That song reminds me of Ronalee when she came to CA. "Welcome to Placentia. Have a nice day!"

Diane said...

That is very nice.
Mom will love it.
We do have a wonderful family.
I love you all.

Annakaisa said...

Wonderful post! What a blessing to have a mom who is also one of your best friends.

Erin said...

Robyn....now I'm crying and I can't read what I'm typing! How sweet!! Ever time I've been around your Mom I would completely agree that she is the nicest person ever. And you are right about inheriting that! Although...it leaves a question...you're really nice to me...it must be because you're overlooking my "nerdy ness"!

What a great Mom you have and what a great Mom you ARE!

The Pants Family said...

I was laughing because it was my dad who would help us with projects and alot of times write things for us for school. Parents are great.

Susie said...

What a sweet tribute to your mom! I was so sorry I didn't get a chance to visit you- Mandy and I were so frustrated with everything going on and she tried really hard to get away to drop in on you. I did go over and see Chad and his little family- I still can't believe they live next door to Chels! CAN YOU BELIEVE we have another baby and wedding this summer!!! And even worse, this wedding is in Utah!

Diane said...

What can I say?! You have left me speechless. You make me sound like someone I'd like to be someday! You kids have such vivid memories! I'll bet if we would still remember all the words to the songs we sang together.

The memories you wrote about really took me back in time. I remember your broken leg like it was yesterday. We HAD to bond...we had no choice! Do you remember lying on the bed with me tugging your clothes off and changing costumes for you to get back to PRISM. We couldn't do it at the school...we had to drive all the way home and back. I really never had to lecture you about being positive...it just came naturally to you. I really hope that little Avery is just like you. If she is...your life will be very blessed. Thank you...I love you!

Aly said...

I remember you guys singing the Judds, I cannot hear one of their songs without thinking of you three singing! I also remember her walking through the old neighborhood with her arm linked with mine singing the marching song!! Too funny!! Your Mom is awesome! Happy Birthday Diane!!

Megan said...

I enjoyed your's and Kim's post. I have a lot of similar memories and thoughts of my mom. It sure is hard to live away from them! We spend a lot of time on the phone! Thanks for posting something that got me thinking of my own mom!

Deanie's Diary said...

Very sweet post about your Mom and she deserves it. Reading all the things everyone wrote brings up so many memories, of course your Mom is so young she was just a child when we lived around the corner...
Love ~ LaDean

Melissa said...

Hi, this is Kimberly's friend Melissa. I read your blog from time to time and I enjoy how you write about things. Kimberly and I were talking about people who read our blogs and don't leave a comment and we think it is kind of like stealing. So I wanted to make things legal by telling you I read sometimes. Anyway, I love your sister and maybe I can meet you sometime when you are in San Diego. Thanks for letting me read.

GrandmaCathy said...

That was so touching to read. I'm learning more about you and your family every time I read your blog--what awsome people you all are. Makes my love grow for you.

Love you ! ! !

Niki Carpenter said...

Robyn, thanks for visiting my blog so much and posting comments. It makes me feel good that someone is actually reading what I write. That was a very nice tribute to your mom and I hope that my daughter grows up to say some of those things about me! As far as gardening tips--Matthew is just obsessed with gardens and has been bugging me to plant one for three years. You might just have to make it a honey-do activity to get it done. In other words, nag Joe til he can't take it anymore :)