Tuesday, May 15, 2007

SPT~ Mom

Thank the Lord for mothers who—like our Heavenly Father—love us not only for what we are but for what we may become.~Russel M. Nelson

Angie, Mom, & Art in SLC 1973

I would like to introduce you to my Mom. She is the oldest of six children and of these only three are still living. After high school she opted to not attend college (I'm sure money was an issue) and married my dad instead when she was 18. She had three kids, one boy and two girls and now has seven grandchildren. Her and my dad will be celebratin gtheir 40th wedding anniversary this summer.

Mom & Angie 1973

My mom is strong. She may not realize this but she has shown me definite strength in everything she does. She had three children with each pregnancy being worse than the previous. She was sick everyday including the day she delivered my younger sister. After being a stay at home mom, once my sister started school, she decided to go to college and earn her degree in nursing. Going to school full time and having a family was extremely hard for her. I remember her staying up many late nights studying for tests, writing papers, and reading and memorizing endless things to fulfill her dream of caring for others. She has always brought home things from patients, their families, and received countless thank you cards for being so selfless at work. She still wors fullitme as an orthopedic nurse, but hopes to retire in the next few years.

My mom is caring. She always puts others first. She rarely ever gets plate of food, when we are all together as a family, before all of the grandkids are situated. Sometimes this means she doesn't get to enjoy her food, but she would rather eat standing and on the go than to not help out the kids. She always offers for Greg & I to go out when they are here visiting. Sure, she wants to see us too, but knows how little time Greg & I spend together so she is willing to sacrifice herseld for us. I remember growing up and her taking us shopping and NEVER buying things for herself. She still does this when I'm visiting her or she is here. We go out shopping and she always insists on paying for the things I get.

My mom was in the delivery room when I had both Mackenzi and Maci. She wasn't able to come in when I had Maryn, and that still upsets me. Not only was it a special time for her to see her granddaughters come into the world, she supported me and comforted me through the miracle of childbirth.

Mom(aka Grammy), Angie & Mackenzi

Mackenzi, Maci, & Mom(Grammy)

Mom(Grammy) & Maryn

My mom taught us the importance of traditions, spending time together, going on vacations, and cheering each other on at different events we were in.
My mom has taught me everything I know. She molded me into the woman I am today. Not only do I here her in myself, but I got alot of my characteristics from her as well. I'm shy, even though she has outgrown a lot of her shyness. I have only heard her speak twice in church, because she had to. Those two times were my brother's mission farewell and his homecoming. I dread having to get up in front of people so I know I got that from her. I used to give her a hard time about always worryin gabout us growing up, and she told me just wait you will be just like me. Well, I'm not exactly like her in that regard, I would say I'm worse. My girls are my pride and joy and I feel I would do anything to protect them and help them. When I was a little girl when people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would say a Mommy. I believe I owe that to my mom. No other job would I ever want than to be a mom.

Angie, Mom, & Allison

who is never more than a phone call away.
because no one understands girls like a mom.
to tell her that beauty never fades if you look in the right places.
to teach her to love her friends, no matter what they do.
to teach her how to cook.
to teach her how to be a lady.
because there are some things a dad just can't handle.
to read to her.to show her how to give back to others.
to help her on her wedding day.
to catch her if she falls.
to soothe the pain of a broken heart.
to remind her, on the bad days, that she is not alone.
to protect her from strangers.
to encourage her to be whatever she wants to be.
to show her how to put a little love in everything she does.
to prepare her for becoming a wife.
to show her how to raise a family.
to show her how to love someone with all her heart.
to encourage her to be grateful.
to teach her not to wait until tomorrow to say, "I'm sorry."
to teach her that the path taken means as much as the destination.
to teach her that her body is a temple.
to instill patience in her.
to tell her that the road to happiness is not always straight.
to teach her how to care for children.
to encourage her to laugh as often as possible.
to encourage her to be grateful.
to teach her to make thankfulness a habit.
because without her she will have less than she deserves.

Allison, Angie, Mom, & Jessica

Thanks Mom for all your guidance, support, patience, understanding, teaching, and unconditional love. I would not be the daughter, granddaughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend I am without such a wonderful example of all of these. I love you.


Price Cream Parlor said...

what a beautiful tribute!!!

Cynthia said...

that was a beautiful tribute to your mother! I can't believe how young she looks when she had you, guess that's where your beauty comes from. Thanks for sharing

donna said...

What a great tribute to your mother.
Going to nursing school full time and having a family Wow that would be very hard.

sista # 2 said...

This was a long post (like mine!)& I loved reading it ;) This would bring a tear to my eye to have such a tribute! (actually floodworks!) You always have pix of you & the girls which they will appreciate in years to come -that you took the time! -Janae

michelle said...

What a sweet tribute to your Mom. The picture of you, and the girls is darling!

Jill said...

I can't imagine going back to college with little kids at home, that's a huge accomplishment. She sounds great!

Michelle A. said...

Beautiful picture of you and your girls and thank you for sharing about your mum. Hope you have a great birthday week! It would be nice to spread out Mother's day and a birthday, I'm 34 on Saturday, and my family gets all their celebrations out in one week!

Lucy said...

I love all the pictures throughout the years. I also can't imagine going to school with young children. What a hard worker and example to you.

Rachel said...

Gorgeous photos of gorgeous women! I loved that little poem about why a daughter neesds a mom! Perfect! :)

Jenny said...

Since I know your mom personally I can attest she is a WONDERFUL AMAZING lady. I remember when I first met her how warm and friendly she made me feel. Like mother like daughter.

Great words Ang!

Elizabeth said...

This is so sweet. And what wonderful photos. Did your Mom cry when she read it? I would.

Andy said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Kari said...

Oh those are such sweet sentiments!
Sounds like you have a great mother!!

I love that picture of you and your girls at the bottom! So cute!

Barb said...

I copied 'A daughter needs a mom'. There are times (usually the hard ones) when I still find myself crying (usually on the inside): I need my mommmy!

Janet said...

Cute pictures and what a nice tribute to your Mom! You look sooo young in the picture after you delivered Mackenzi! You have such a baby face.

carlo said...

oh i love the pics, love the tribute and you have a beautiful family.

the mom poem was wonderful...