What My Mom Taught Me

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.

~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

Next Tueday my mom will celebrate her 90th birthday! Well, actually she plans to begin celebrating as soon as any members of the family begin arriving and she plans to continue celebrating until the last ones leave. We are arriving Saturday and leaving next Friday; we plan to do a lot of celebrating. It is, after all, not just her 90th birthday on Tuesday, it is also my sister, Theresa’s 56th birthday, her son, Matthew’s 21st birthday, her grandson, Jackson’s 5th birthday, and my husband’s birthday. It is a four generation birthday plus one.

My mom has 10 children. One of them is celebrating with us from heaven. She has 33 grandchildren. One of them is celebrating with his uncle in heaven. And her 29th great-grandchild is due in October.


Here she is with one of her great grandchildren. I love this picture of my nurturing mother!

A few of the important things my mom taught me:

Have faith, love God – My mom’s faith is her rock. She is unwavering. Hardships are to be met head on and are never thought of as a lapse in God’s love or compassion. She has helped me conquer hardships in my own life.

Love family – Family is everything to my mom. She still cares for each of us in whatever ways she can.

Love kids – A child is the truest gift of God to the world. With 5 younger siblings I have been surrounded by kids my whole life. I enjoyed teaching them everything I learned. I could hardly wait to grow up and become a teacher.

Work hard – (All of the above were reflected by my dad, too – but especially this one.) My work ethic comes from my family. If something needs done, then you do it! I can cook and clean with the best of them. My mom has crocheted afghans and baby blankets for almost everyone. She still works on it when her arthritis allows.

Have fun – Playing cards with my mom and granddaddy and siblings are some of my best memories. We giggled and got silly. I learned how to play and win, yet I always knew the winning wasn’t the important part. And just for my mom and granddaddy I will say ” Moooooooooose!”

There will be lots of silly fun in Ohio in the next week. Many card games, many Farkle championships, but mostly just a huge celebration of an amazing woman. I am so lucky to be able to still celebrate with her. I love you Mom!



  1. What fun! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family. I have to know, what is Mooooooooose?

    • On one of the silliest nights ever my mom and granddaddy were saying silly things and my mom ended up callng him a moose. Before he left he made his moose sound, which was “Mooooose.”

  2. Sounds like a wonderful family event! Enjoy every minute!!

  3. Your tribute brought tears to my eyes, too, Ann. Have a wonderful week and enjoy all the togetherness.

    • Thank you, Betsey!

  4. I can’t wait to see everyone! I wish I could stay longer, but I’m happy for the time I will get at home with our family. I love you Aunt Ann, what a beautiful post about Grandma. <3

    • I am very excited to see you, too! When do you get in?
      Love you!

  5. Lovely…

  6. This is a beautiful post and picture of your mom…Congratulations!!

    • Thank you!

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