S: Picture Biography of the Most Wonderful Mother!
BC: #1 We truly love the way you have dedicated your life to our family, raising 3 girls, tended to the house and driving dad crazy all at the same time! | We love you!
FC: Happy 60th Birthday | Mom!
1: Dear Mom, We each compiled 20 things that we love about you. It was quite a simple task to come up with a mere 20 reasons that we love you. We had many overlapping reasons and could go on and on forever. We've included 60 wonderful attributes about you as a mother and a friend in this book and we hope you enjoy it! We love you so much, Alli, Carla and Danielle
2: Childhood Memories: 60. How you would put the Psalty tapes on in the car and we would sing to them even when we were older! 59. You would take my socks off after playing in the woods because I was scared there was poison ivy on them. 58. You weren't afraid to use the wooden spoon, but luckily you didn't have to use it often 57. You'd scrounge for every last nickel from your pop open coin carrier to buy us McDonald's breakfast after church 56. You'd bring us home fries from Mr. Hero even though you didn't want to because you knew they wouldn't be good cold
3: Things we appreciate: 55. That you make us eat outside when it's nice out to see the flowers and sunshine 54. That you make me my favorite meals when I am home 53. That you always have some little gift for me when I come home 52. That you take a bottle of water with you everywhere you go, and now we all do, too!! 51. That you're always thinking of others 50. Your artistic abilities 49. That you will wait on us hand and foot when we are over, or whenever we are sick 48. As a caring gesture, you give knives out for Christmas
4: 47. I love that you drop any plans you have if we need something; big or small.
5: 46. I love that you take so many pictures. We say we hate it, but deep down we love it.
7: 45. We love that you always took the time to make sure we have memorable vacations, from Jellystone, to Myrtle Beach, Aurora Woodlands Inn, Cancun and East Harbor.
8: 44. Your love for the outdoors, fresh air, flowers, plants and sunshine!
9: 43. You have more energy than all of your friends and family combined! 42. That you are always thinking of others | 41. That you pray for us 40. How generous you are with your family, friends, and people you don't even know
10: 39. You always support us and our decisions, as difficult as that might be. | 38. You've taught me to be respectful and considerate (I realize how important it is now that I'm living on my own!) 37. How you let us discover who we were going to be on our own – you weren't too strict yet you still had reasonable expectations.
11: # You put onions in everything, even if we don't want them! (I know you just do it because it's good for us.) | 36. You put props in every photo you're in! | 35. Your generosity!
12: 34. Your love for exploration - you're a kid at heart!
13: 33. You have so many interests, hobbies and activities. You never get bored!
14: # | 31. You make us wrap our own Christmas presents! | 32. You still hide our Easter baskets (and fill them jammies and beef jerky)
15: 29. I come over to use your dishes/knowledge/kitchen and you end up making my food for me (and usually doing the dishes too)! | 30. You tell us that nobody looks at shoes, even though it's a total lie.
16: 28. We love how you'd drag us to Wild Wood everyday in the summer, but they sure made for some good memories.
17: 26. We love how we had the best birthday parties on the block, complete with a trip to Little Caesars, oreo freak-out and the balloon popping game! | 27. We love how you used to get us new outfits and lay them out on our beds after we'd come back from an Indian Princess Campout
18: Cute things you do 25. You can't keep a secret because you can't help but talk about your kids! 24. Your stories get exaggerated because you think they sound better that way 23. You make the best tea in your cute little tea pots 22. The way you dance to the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" theme song 21. That we can eat 2 bags of popcorn while watching a movie together. 20. That you can go a week without washing your hair and it's still not greasy! 19. How we go on walks together around our neighborhood.
19: 18. You throw the most amazing parties and campfires, no detail slips by you!
20: 17. We love that you make all your meals from scratch. | Our favorite meals are: #1 Your macaroni casserole with the nacho chips on top, yum! #2 Your Angel Hair spaghetti and meatballs! #3 Stuffed peppers #4 Homemade sushi #5 Chili with mashed potatoes and corn all mixed together! #6 Your hot cheese dip
21: 16. You handmade all of our childhood Halloween costumes (and made us reuse them until nobody fit into them anymore)
22: 15. You have truly embraced being a grandma!
23: 14. You love to laugh!!
24: 12. Your little sayings, like “waste not, want not” or “don't put off til tomorrow what you can do today” | 13. That you still call me your little peapod, even though I'm the same size as you now!
25: 11. Your Smile is contagious! | 10. The way you drive has taught us what not to do and to be defensive drivers!
26: 9. I know these pictures don't bring back fond memories, but it sure was cool telling my friends that my mom was a professional inline speed skater!
27: 8. The creativity and time you put into everything you do: your church classes, decorating the house or just coloring a picture with Avery! | 7. You give anyone that comes to the house a complete tour of the amazing landscaping you've spent years creating
28: 6. You always put family first
29: 5. You go the extra mile to make sure that everyone is happy
30: 4. We love that you were so excited to get your iPod, even though you didn't know which end was right side up.!
31: 3. We love how you make dad take part in things he wouldn't do on his own.
32: 2. I love that you were always there for all our big moments.