Monday, December 1, 2014

A Birthday Interview With My Mom

Yesterday marked my mom's 61st birthday. I'm so grateful we were able to spend part of the day in Kansas to celebrate with her. She is one A-MAZing lady! She's celebrated with me in the good times and dried my tears in the bad times. She's been my biggest cheerleader since the day I was born. There just aren't enough words in the English language for me to express my gratitude for this incredibly selfless woman.  

I kind of forced asked her to participate in a little Q&A for this little bloggety-blog, so here's a little glimpse into her world. Her responses are in italics; my comments are in pink.

Tell me one of your favorite birthday memories.
My 50th birthday party in Corwin, Oklahoma.

What is the best birthday gift you've ever received?  
A new pickup with a big bow wrapped around it.  

What was your favorite thing to do when you were a little girl?
Being outside and playing with my imaginary friends. You have to remember I didn't have friends that lived close.  {Hmmm...having imaginary friends might be genetic. See point #3 here.}

Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
My mother - she always gave me sound advice and has such a sweet spirit...Always thinks of others before herself. {Truer words have never been spoken about my sweet grandma.}

To date, which decade of your life has been the best?
My 20s...I left home and lived on my own. I had to grow up and make decisions that only affected me. And I became a mom when I was 27...biggest and best life-changing event.

What is the best advice you've ever been given and who gave you this advice?
"Trust your heart and reach for the stars," advice from Gene Barton, my boss when I worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in Texas. 

Is there any advice you'd give your 30-year-old self?
Don't be content to just live, but live each day as though it is your last. Always put God first. Manual labor affects your body when you get older.

What do you think is the most important lesson/value you tried to instill in Landon and me?
Be yourself and do not be influenced by others. Be kind, but stand your ground. Love unconditionally. You have to be a friend to have a friend. Money is not hard and you will find success. Take care of your family.  Sorry...I got a little carried away with this one!

What is one thing about me that reminds you of yourself?
Your desire for nice things. {I'll make sure Ryan knows you get all the credit for my expensive tastes!} Your lead foot. {At least there's someone who has more speeding tickets than me!} Your inner beauty exceeds mine. Your feelings get hurt easily, but we put our big girl panties on and move on. 

If you had one full day with no commitments, no responsibilities, no would you spend it?
Take a nap! Spend time with friends (who I have neglected), drink a glass of wine (or three) and laugh!

If you had a bucket list, what would be at the top of it?
Oh gosh, Leslie, this is a hard one. Ummm...first, a family vacation. Second: a girls trip to Napa Valley.

Any other random thoughts?
I followed your rules and responded to these questions with the first thoughts that came to mind...but there is one thing that is so important to me, and that is my children. God blessed me with two wonderful children, and now I have extended family and a beautiful grandson. {Don't make me cry, Mom!}

Grammy & Baby Nais

Happy Birthday, Mom!

I love you!