February 17, 2014 by Heather
Today is my mom’s birthday, and also Michael Jordan’s birthday. Just a little Monday trivia for you there.
When you add the two digits together of the age she is turning it equals 7, so I thought I’d share seven things about why she is so cool:
1. She is brave. Life isn’t always the easiest picnic in the park, as we all know. My mom has had her fair share of un-picnic-like times… situations when it would’ve been acceptable for her to curl up in a corner and just wait it out. Instead, she faces things head on, with the wind in her face and an unshakeable faith in Jesus.
2. She is Godly. My earliest memories of my mom are of her reading her Bible. Every morning, there she was, with a cup of coffee in her hand and God’s word in her lap. She has check marks beside every chapter, marking how many times she’s read it. Anytime I am venting or telling her about something that’s gone wrong, she is quick to (gently) remind me that God is in control, and that His plan is best. I am so grateful she raised me to hold on tight to those truths.
3. She is goofy. And I mean goofy. Just downright silly and ridiculous at times.
4. She is crazy beautiful. I’ve grown up my whole life with my friends (guys and girls) telling me how hot my mom is. I always agree with them too… because, well, she is. She has the most gorgeous dark red hair (never colored) and almost see-through green eyes. She has a perpetual golden tan and the straightest teeth I’ve ever seen (no braces). And despite what she says, her bod is rockin’ from decades of playing sports and running. I am thankful that she taught me to take care of myself and take pride in being healthy.
5. Her laugh. One of my favorite things to do is make my mom laugh. She doesn’t hold back if she thinks something is funny, and I’m talking head thrown back and snorting kind of funny. We’ve had some pretty good giggle-fits recently at ballgames (over the most ridiculous stuff, see #3). I am glad she has a wonderful sense of humor, and that she taught me to see the silly in even the most serious of things.
6. She is a problem solver. When Parker was three weeks old, I about lost every single one of my marbles. I mean it. We were visiting Andrew’s parents and were about to head back home to Little Rock. I was trying to pack up our things but I was such a mess. Andrew didn’t know what to do, so he called my mom. She quite literally came to my rescue. Tiny Parker and I stayed with her for a whole week. I’ll never forget it, and I’ll never be able to thank her enough for everything she did during those days. That first night she made me biscuits and gravy and bacon, and I swear it healed my soul. She helped her baby figure out how to take care of her baby. And I am forever – forever – grateful.
7. She knows who she is. My mom is confident. She is firm in her beliefs and in the things she likes and doesn’t like. She likes to shoot guns, ride 4-wheelers, and lay outside in the sun for just a little too long. She likes fuzzy socks, sparkly eyeshadow, and yellow roses. She laughs at bathroom jokes like a 9-year-old boy and she is the best darn high school history teacher I only wish I’d had.