Tuesday, February 16, 2010


You would love my Mom.grammy_edited-1 She is so kind and good.

I don’t think I have ever met anyone that doesn’t like her.



I love the way she mothered me.

There were a million wonderful things she did.grammy 4

She used to put little notes in our bag lunches.

She would cut envelopes in half,

stick quarters inside,

and then she would write little things

on the outside.grammy 1

Little silly things.

Little sweet things.

Little wonderful things.mommy 1

She used to make up stories and

read them into a tape recorder.

She let us talk into it too.

We thought that was amazingly cool!

We had so much fun with her

gathered around our kitchen table.

She made childhood magical.


She would sing us songs at bedtime.grammy 3_edited-1

She sings so prettily.

She always told us how much she loved us.

When we were very good.

When we were very bad.

Even when we were just normal.

I never doubted that I was loved.

mommy_edited-1  I remember before I went to college I was very scared.

I was only going 2.5 hours away,

but still,

I had never been without this family of mine.

She came into our room

and lay beside me until I fell asleep.

I remember thinking

in those moments before I drifted off to sleep

that I had the very best mother in the world.grammy 5

And I still think that today.


Wishing you the happiest of Birthdays Mommy.

I love you with every bit of my heart.


What is something special your Mom did for you

to make your childhood magical?

ABC Wednesday

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P.S. My sister Betsy is having

her baby girl today.

We are so excited to meet



Sylvia K said...

Wish I had something to contribute, but afraid I don't. But what a beautiful tribute to your mother! And I know you're all excited about the new baby girl! Great post as always!


photowannabe said...

What a wonderful, tender tribute to your Mom. Her smile just lights up the pictures. Its obvious that her love and joy has rubbed off on you by the way you leave comments.
Happy baby Brooke too.
I was so fortunate to have a loving Mom also. She's been gone 15 years and I still miss her. Lots of times I think oh I should call her and tell her about something that's been going on with us. She would have enjoyed hearing it. Sometimes I think she is still watching and already knows.

Granny Smith said...

I wish your Mom a very happy birthday. I think you forgot to mention what a wonderful grandmother she is also!

Pam D said...

Well, I guess turnabout IS fair play, after all. I made you cry with my letter to Adam; you made ME cry with this. And now I can see WHY you are such a wonderful mother; look at the incredible teacher that you had! Happy birthday to your sweet momma, and Happy BIRTH-day to Brooke! How very, very cool.....

jen@odbt said...

Gee...I hope my kids will say the same things...maybe someday. She has the best smile. Happy Birthday to her and how cool that her granddaughter will share her birthday.

Mari said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! How exciting to get a grandchild on your birthday.
I can tell your Mom was a wonderful Mom - she raised you!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom..... she sounds like such a wonderful Mother.....and how special for BROOKE to enter the world and share the same bday....CONGRATS!!!

Happy Birthday to both of these special ladies:)



Alicia said...

Oh my gosh, this post made me want to cry!!!!!!!!!!!!! She sounds like such a wonderful mother!! I love her smile too. It's so genuine and soft!!

Buckeroomama said...

A loving mom makes all the difference, doesn't it?

What a lovely tribute to your mom! :)

Tracey Axnick said...

This is a beautiful tribute. And I know ONE DAY Kaish will proclaim his LOVE for you from the rooftops as well!

A mothers love can never be underestimated... it is the most powerful thing in the world!

Happy Birthday to your mom and congrats on your new niece!

brooke lynn said...

yay for brooke! :)
so very blessed you are to have some a wonderful mama!!!
i love the pic of her and your dad sitting on the porch.

Sarah Jones said...

What a wonderful post! Your mom is very lucky to have such a wonderful daughter and you are lucky to have such a wonderful mom!

Sarah Jones said...

What a wonderful post! Your mom is very lucky to have such a wonderful daughter and you are lucky to have such a wonderful mom!

Emma said...

What a sweet thing to do for your mom! I feel the same way about mine. We are seriously lucky!!

Lauren said...

Congratulations to Betsy! Your mom sounds wonderful. Happy Birthday to her! :D

She Writes said...

Wish I could say something, but I can say, your mom is an amazing woman by what you have said! Best wishes on new baby!

Rena said...

Beautiful post. It is wonderful to have a mom to aspire to.

LisaBE said...

How beautiful. *snif* I love my mom too.

Tumblewords: said...

A wonderful heartfelt tribute to your mom! She looks like joy. Wonderful pictures, as always.

Michelle said...

You have such a way with words. You are one lucky girl. My mom was a frazzled single mom, she did try to do special things for us. When we were little she would drag our play table out into the back yard so that we could have picnics. That was always fun.

Kristina P. said...

Your mom is so cute!

Lolli said...

You have a talent with words, Becky. Happy birthday to your Mom, and welcome to your new niece. Hope everything goes well!!

Erin W said...

How very sweet! Your mom is lucky to have such a sweet daughter!!! Okay and I have to know where you live...you look like you got as much snow as I did!! :)

Amy said...

I think your mother is very lucky to have you!

I'm a new reader of your blog and I find you delightfully and honestly refreshing.

Anonymous said...

I love our momma! I cannot wait for her to come meet Brookie tomorrow. I'm too excited to sleep tonight...it will be a long day tomorrow! I'll call as soon as she is out.

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother. She sounds like the mother I would love to be.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I loved your tribute. I'm sure it brought tears to your mom's eyes.

My mom brought magic to an ordinary
Friday by playing board games with us and eating pizza.

Casey's trio said...

What a beautiful post to your mother. She certainly sounds like a very special person. My mom passed away when I was 17 so I really miss all the blessings that she brought to my life.

Liz said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! She sounds like a very special lady! Congrats to your sister!

Erin said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mom and to Brooke! Kaish is equally as lucky to have such a wonderful grandmother as you were to have her as a mother!

I hope she has a truly special day!

Reader Wil said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mom! She looks to me like a very lovely lady and very caring. No wonder that you also turned out to be such a lovely and caring mom to Kaishon.

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

aww what a beautiful and lovely post of your mother...♥ She has a beautiful smile and an amazing heart...♥ Happy Birthday to your Mama!

Frau said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! She sounds so special...can you ask her to adopt me? I love the picture of your mom and dad they have such loving smiles!

Sarah @ When two becomes three... said...

I love my Mama like you love yours!!! Happy B-day to her. I am sure she is so proud of you Becks for being the amazing woman that you are. I loved how she wrote you little notes in your lunch. I am going to do that for Miss B. I hope that Betsy and Brooke are well and I cannot wait to see pics! Get on that lady! Sweet new baby goodness - enjoy!

Oh yes. Your question. I had dance class every Saturday growing up and my Mama treated me to Dairy Queen each week. I was #4 of 4 kids so special treats and attention were greatly appreciated.

Justine said...

Aw, happy birthday to your mom! she sounds like such an amazing woman! And congrats to your sister! How exciting!!!

Justine :o )

Ellie said...

I love this post :) The photos have soooooo much emotion in them - your Mom ooozes LOVE!!! What a blessing to grow up with such a wonderful Mom.

And WOW, how exciting that your niece will be born today!

Ashley said...

Gotta love the mom tributes!! Great photos about a wonderful woman!!

Blessings, Ashley

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

You speak so lovingly of your family and I just can feel the love flowing from you. So wonderful and just think you're leaving that legacy, too, with Kaishon.

I hope everything goes well as your sister delivers today. Congratulations to your family!


PS-My mom still holds me like a child when we're together and I feel so loved and young, still. I only get to see her 3 to 4 times a year but look forward to every moment.

Dita said...

The exceptionalism of your mother radiates from her eyes and her smile and the enveloping nature of her hugs!

Yes, this post made me cry too. I was thinking of all the wonderful things my mother did for us too. I was thinking how lucky I am to still have her and that I should pay tribute to her on my blog one day too. You have inspired me to think about doing that for her as well.

When we were little she would have carrot sticks, apples and celery with cream cheese sprinkled with paprika waiting for us when we'd get off the school bus. She would make a clean your plate club chart for us perfectly lined with a ruler and put gold stars for cleaning our dinner plates. She used to wrap our sandiches in waxed paper for lunch (with a precision fold) She would bake homemade cookies and stir Hershey's chocolate on the stove to make us real hot chocolate. She cooked dinner every single night (gourmet). She left us notes all the time, especially on the morning of special occasions. They were always signed Love, Mother.
When I went to Europe on a trip with my high school I was excited but very scared. She mailed a letter to each of the hotels on my itineray well in advance and had them hold it at the front desk until I arrived...I was so thrilled to get my letter at each location (this was long before the internet and cell phones)...and my mom had never even been to Europe her whole life.
She was...and still is...a wonderful mother (and grandmother)

Thank you for reminding me that I too should be so grateful.

Happy Birthday to your Beautiful Mom......and Happy Birthday to Baby Brooke!

lv2scpbk said...

A wonderful fun post.

On behalf of the ABC team, thanks for participating.

4 Lettre Words said...

You mirror her well, my friend!

Busy Bee Suz said...

So sweet that Betsy is having her birthday on your Moms birthday.
Oh wait, does that mean Betsy will be the favorite daughter now??? nahhhhh!!!
This made me tear up...your Mom is wonderful. You are so lucky! You are such a great Mom because of this too.
My Mom worked allll the time. I don't remember her being home much, but today, we laugh, we talk, we are silly together!!!

Love Letters To China said...

I too am so fortunate to have a similar relationship with my mom. She lives just a mile from my house and we speak on the phone at least once a day. She is one of my best friends and I wouldn't have it any other way. The wonderful memories of her when I was a child will always be etched into my mind. Thank you for sharing such a heart felt post.

The Incredible Woody said...

That wonderful mother is exactly why you are the warm, loving woman you are!! Beautiful post!!

Lisa said...

Oh, happy birthday to a beautiful lady...what a grand tribute to her!

AND what a day of celebration for your family as you wait for another precious baby to arrive! Oh joy!!

My Mom is my best friend ~ it was never the big things, just always a kind, steadfast, warm and HUGE kinda love! I think our Mamas would get all splendidly! :)

I guess you could say, she always championed our dreams and made us believe anything was possible!

Happy Wed.!!

Wanda said...

I think I know why she has such a special smile. She must be so proud of her daughter!

Have a great day!

Proud Parents of Halainah Grace said...

Your post made me cry. I just want to squeeze your mom. Everything you described about your mom is the type of mom I want to be to my daughter. I want her to have to same memories as you do to hold onto one day. My mom was my very best friend. Thank God for memories as she passed away 6 years ago at the age of 54.
Hold onto the memories...
Congrats on your new addition...can't wait to see pictures when your new addition arrives :)

Christy said...

awwwww...you brought tears to my eyes. what a sweet post! Happy Birthday to your mom!

Christine said...

What an absolute lovely post! Your mother just looks like she is a sweet person.

My Heart said...

Now that i have wiped the tears from my eyes and am able to see the monitor again...what a wonderful tribute to your mom. She is truly beautiful and I can see that in that incredible smile she has!

Teacher Tom said...

Mommy! Love it Becky.

Briana's Mom said...

What an amazing tribute to your Mom! Love the heartwarming pics!

Matty said...

She sounds incredible. What a perfect tribute on her behalf.

My mom once rode my old sting ray bicycle to my school because I had forgotten my lunch and had no money. Back in those days we only had one car, and dad had it for work. She dropped off lunch money for me, and the ride was lonnnnggggggg.

angie said...

Happy Birthday to your mom. And, congrats to you and your sister. How cool that your niece will share her birthday with her grandma.

AND, I'm not a big surprised to hear how wonderful your mother is. What's that saying? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree?

Super Mommy said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother. She sounds perfect!

My mother always has prayed for me and with me. One of the many things I love about her!

jennykate77 said...

That's just beautiful, Rebeckah! What a wonderful daughter you are to write such a loving sweet tribute to your mom on her birthday! HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY EVER, Rebeckah's Mom! She does look like the sweetest person...you can see the love radiating off of her. I think you're a LOT like your mom.

My mom did so much to make my childhood super special. One thing that sticks out to me is our Saturdays. She worked outside the home and she made it a point to make our Saturdays special and all about US. I try to do that with Isaiah now and it's still mine and my mom's special day sometimes. I LOVE her!

Suki said...

Happy birthday to your mommy.

The Sanders Family said...

Ok, so I am super duper sensitive, but I am wiping away tears from my face. Reading this tribute to your mom makes me want to be a better mom myself. She sounds perfect and looks like everything you talked about in the photos of her! That smile says it all. Thanks so much for sharing.

Gail said...

What a heartfelt tribute to your mom, she's a special lady I can tell. You can tell she loves so much just by her expressions and body language. Happy Birthday!

Mighty M said...

What a special post - your mom sounds just wonderful and lovely and all the things we want our mom's to be. All the things I want to be as a mom! Happy Birthday to her!!

Ah, another little baby, I expect lots of photos!! :)

Kate said...

Oh what a beautiful tribute to your mother! I am very teary after reading it!

I love my own mother so, so much. I love it when I find someone who honours their own mother like this.

And the last pic...oh precious.

Joy said...

A beautiful post, what lovely little things she did, and wonderful memories. Happiness to you all.

Trudy said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother...and a happy birthday to her!

Congratulations on becoming an auntie again. you mustall be so excited!

jay said...

What a sweet post! You had a great Mom!

Mine just made me feel safe and loved. Can't ask for more than that, can you?

Baloney said...

That is so sweet!

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Wonderful pictures -- a wonderful tribute to a great Mom!

Carly said...

Such a sweet post dedicated to your mother. Glad you are able to tell her so clearly how much you appreciate her.

Michelle said...

OK, I know your mom has to be bawling because this post brought tears to my eyes. What a sweet post for her and what a wonderful mother you have! Such special memories she made for you. Happy Birthday to her and Happy Brooke Day to you!!

Caroline said...

She looks and sounds adorable :D

Shawna&Co. said...

That was beautiful! It makes me want to be a better mom. I pray one day my kids look back and say "I made childhood magical"
Really is there a better compliment a mom could recieve?

Love the pictures!

Hilary said...

That's just beautiful.. just like your Mom. Happy Birthday to this wonderful woman. A granddaughter is a pretty decent birthday gift!

Baby Favorite said...

I *love* this post! Your mom sounds amazing, like you. Happy Birthday to her!

You could've been describing my mom--I kid you not. Identical. She was an angel here on Earth.

We are so blessed.

Lisa said...

WHAT A GREAT POST! I love your mom too!

February 16th is my sister's birthday and February 17 is/was my father's what great days to have a birthday. This one was kind of a tough one for us...but we got through.

Can't wait to see the pictures of the NEW BABY!


Martha said...

That was just beautiful and those pictures too!!!

Roger Owen Green said...

Your mom did well with you, and you're passing along the gift. - Ramblin' with Roger

Ann said...

Your mum is a great mum. I have never put notes in my son's lunch box. I wonder if he will notice.

Beautiful valentine photos.

JamericanSpice said...

This is such a wonderful tribute to your mom.

I wish I had gotten a chance to be mothered by my mother. I did not know her as a child.

H.K. said...

I absolutely loved this post about your mom - so sweet! And I loved the pics of Kaishon and your mother, reminds me so much of Moe and my mom.

tang91 said...

OH... How absolutely precious. I lost my mom a little over a year ago... so images like these definitely strike a chord. You are so blessed! And a new niece!! Congrats!!! How exciting!

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