Monday, February 6, 2012

"Mother" - Ashanti

one day late


4.4 million dollars short.

Happy. [70th] Birthday. To. MY. Mom.


f r i e n d.

Here are only a few of the reasons I freaking adore you Mom.

* I love that you check on me. Every day.
* I love this photo - one of my 5 favorites.
[love that you are relaxing with me & I really would like that wood paneling.]
* I love that you were there when Peanut was born.
* I love that you and Madeline were friends - because it gave me my first best friend at birth.
[but honestly, what did you feed me? I'm a freaking giant]
* I love that you are funny.
* I love that you always encourage me.

* supportive - like in everything. I know you'll hate this photo because you've lost some mad poundage since then but . . . . I love that you drove to Tucson to see my legs cramp up . . .

[note, Dad's awesome sunglasses]

* I love that just you and I Farmer Fanny, went to Puerto Vallarta

* I love this stealth looking photo of you.
[ya, my time has expired, I dare you to give me a ticket.]
* I love the relationship you have with Peanut.
* I love how many photos I have of you and her together.

* I love that you were an amazing [are still are an amazing] cook.

[love the top of the head kiss]
* I love what an awesome grandma you are . . . I mean seriously . . what other grandma does this . . ? . . .

* I love this photo of you and I [yes, I even love my smile lines]. But we should probably work on NON-race day photos of you and I together.

* I'm thankful that after this happy photo - they didn't get the "after" photo where I shoved it in your face and you got ummmmm, not so happy at me.

* Thank you for doing 90% of what it took to make the 24 hour run a HUGE success. *DISCLAIMER - I HATE and LOVE this photo*

Hate: because seriously, I look beyond horrible.
Love: because I remember exactly what I had said to you and Shar 20 seconds earlier.

* Thank you for the hot breakfast every school day. Yes, EVERY.
* Thank you for taking me to aerobics with you. For without you I'd have never known canned green beans and beets ever could have been used as weights.
* Thank you for traveling with me for Junior Olympic [Austin, Vegas, Tampa . . ]
* Thank you for letting me hold your hand when nothing else would ever / could ever take it's place.
* Thank you for having my back - when sometimes - others didn't.
* Thank you for having another child. I know the story well. I'm super glad "emily" came. [my brother and sisters???? well, I know they are learning to love me.] ;)

Happy 70th to you MY Mom.
I adore you.

With all the freaking love I've got,


Melissa Cunningham said...

as always,
and love all the pictures!
i hope one day,my children will look at me how you look to your mother!

Christi said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! I hope she has a great day!

Amy said...

Aww, this made me tear up. I miss my mom every day. Happy Birthday to your Mom!

Jill said...

This is so awesome! My mom died when I was young so I especially get teary-eyed and emotional when I read stories about how close mothers and daugthers are as grown adults! I hope I have that with my daughter as she gets older! Happy Birthday to your mom! :)

TriMOEngr said...

Your posts about your mom and dad make me strive to be the kind of parent that would have such things written about them. Truly awesome!

Generation X (Slomohusky) said...


Jason said...

That is excellent. Happy Birthday Mom.

Fanny Farmer just made me burst out.....awesome!

Char said...

What would we do without our Mums?! Yours is a treasure. Happy Birthday to her.

Tricia said...

love it, happy birthday to her!

Carly said...

This is the sweetest post. Happy Birthday to you beautiful mother!

Caroline said...

I am a fan of your mom and I wish her a very happy birthday

In that first picture...I see YOU in much!

XLMIC said...

Your mom sounds so super awesome. I love the pictures you've used to make this fabulous birthday tribute to her :) Like TriMoEngr, it makes me strive to be the kind of parent whose children will write things like this about her. So beautiful :)

And as an aside, we were lucky enough to have such splendid paneling at our old house ;-)

jymmebe said...

So sweet!

Angie said...

i hope my nutty little boys feel this way about me in 40 years.

Caratunk Girl said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!! I hope she has an awesome day...what an amazing tribute!!

racing dawn said...

Oh I love this post!!! Happy birthday again Mom E! ;)

ultrarunnergirl said...

This is SO sweet. I love odes to Mom. Glad you got a wonderful one!

TWENTY-FOUR HOURS ON A DREADMILL? Damn, woman. I am both impressed and horrified.

ConcreteNCoffee said...

Love this :)

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Your mom makes me want to be a better mom!