Thursday, July 26, 2007

10 things my Mama taught me

1. Always iron your clothes.
2. Put lipstick on when you go out.
3. Make a big dinner on Sunday.
4. Lots of kisses and warm hugs make things better.
5. There are people out there who have less than you--be compassionate about that.
6. Staying at home with your children is a gift.
7. Love til it hurts.
8. You don't need a lot of money for satisfying things.
9. Your children are your babies....forever.
10. Use your manners.

Thank you, Mama, for going through 24 hours of labor with me--32 years ago today....
For taking care of me in those colicky nights...
For helping me take care of my colicky baby.
For teaching me how to be a keeper of the home, a lover of my children.
For being the best encourager for me as my role as a mother.

I love you--thank you for bringing me into this world 32 years ago today!!

(My mama's hand on me after me giving birth.)


Wendy said...

She sounds wonderful!

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day.

(I'm just a couple weeks behind you)

Courtney said...

Have a lovely birthday, Andrea!
Momma's are a gift, for sure!

tonia said...

Happy Birthday my lovely friend!

Enjoy 32 - it was my favorite. :)

Anonymous said...

Just to say Happy Birthday to you!!!I remember your grandma writting to me in Belgium to tell me Jane and Ken had a girl and me telling my children that Jane has a new baby,as they thought they were her's also..Love you..

Miriam said...

Happy birthday, Andrea!

I'm 32 also, and my Mama's name is Jane. :)

Have a most wonderful day.

Elise said...

Yes, thank you, mama of Andrea. You have made the world richer, more blessed by your efforts!

Happy birthday, my sweet friend. I hope it is beautiful; surrounded by those who love you most!

And though I cannot be there physically, my heart is with you. Love you!

Alli said...

Hi - my name is Alli - I "stumbled" upon your blog about a month ago, but I have been blessed by it ever since. It has been very interesting also seeing some of the similarities that we share - I live in Greenville now - I thought that you had two girls and one boy (though I know now that you have three girls), we have 2 girls and I just had a boy 3 weeks ago - I just turned 32, 14 days ago! Anyway, I thought I would take this time to introduce myself and tell you, "Happy Birthday!" I truly hope it is a blessed and fun day for you.

Stacy said...

Happy Birthday, Andrea! Have a blessed day!

Trina said...

I just wanted to say happy birthday. July 26 was a great day to be born for me too. Nice to know that I share my birthday with good company. Have happy and blessed day.


Christine said...

Happy bday! And yay Mom!!

Mine is tomorrow...I'll be 34!

Kendra said...

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Andrea! That was such a sweet tribute to your mom. I know she loves you and is very proud of you and your family. Take care!
Ami :)

Mrs. Pivec said...

Beautiful photo. Beautiful sentiments. And a very happy birthday to you. :)

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Happy birthday! I appreciate my mom more with every passing year, and yours sounds like she's passed on so much wisdom!

I love the picture of her hand on you, on the special.

Brenda said...

That's a neat picture. I had new eyes for my mom the minute I became one. I remember it dawning on me...

"THIS is the way my mom felt about me? AND I ROLLED MY EYES AT HER?????!!!!!"

Brenda said...

Oh, and Happy Birthday!!! You are very young! :)

36 year old Brenda :(

Beverly said...

I got to this a day late, but Happy Birthday my friend! Also -- thanks for blessing us with those 10 things on your special day! I hope it was a wonderful one.

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Andrea! What blessing to have mothers who are models to us of so many good ways of "being". You are blessed! Hope you feel special today.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Happy Birthday!

Those are some good lessons that she taught you. My mom taught me to be generous at the expense of self and to have fun while living your life.

Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

Birthday blessings, Andrea! Your Mama taught you well. And now you live it out, to pass onto another generation. This dance of life is only something He could compose, yes?
We marvel.