Friday, November 5, 2010

Favourite Thing Friday

My favourite thing today is my mom. 

My mom is generous, thoughtful, kind, talented, funny, and just plain great. 

My mom sets the highest benchmark possible when it comes to her roles and how she performs them: wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend.  She is who I should be.  She is a much better cook, housekeeper, helpmate and mother than anyone I know. 

at my dad's 60th birthday party!

My mom attends our kids school functions, sporting events, and plans fun things for us to do together.  We've visited Mt Vernon, historic Philadelphia, Knoebels, and Florida together.  We've gone sledding, hiking, biking, and tubing together. 

at Grandparent's Day

at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

at the City Tavern in Philadelphia

My mom will come to our house and help me do laundry, clean up my kitchen, and helped me dispose of beef barley soup that's been sitting, covered, on the counter for a week (don't ask).  She always helps me with my cooking jobs and is more than willing to just do dishes. 

My mom is endearingly geeky.  Here are some of her more famous quotes: "That guy is an idiot, I don't like to use that word very often, but he just is".  (at a famous burger joint) "I'll have the broiled flounder".  "Gee, whiz, I don't know if we should do that, girls". 

My mom makes our kids Halloween costumes every year. 

She lets the kids decorate her tree every year, even though all of the ornaments are four feet and lower and usually all on one side.

She took my sister and I on a vacation for her 60th birthday.

 She's a hard worker.  She volunteers at two different organizations.  She mobilizes my kids to help others.  She takes them to do work at my Nanny's house - cleaning out gutters, raking leaves, and weeding.  She helps the kids put together shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse every year. 

She's so great that she'll probably be upset that I singled her out.  I'm sure she'll remark, "what about your dad and Rob's parents"?  And my response to that - I singled you out because you're my mom and that's special, not just because of that title, but because you're you.  I love you, Mom! 


  1. I've been thinking about a post for my Mum as well, just haven't found the right words. Your Mum sounds great.

  2. I know, I wanted this to be meaningful and I've thought about what I wanted to say for a few weeks now - keep thinking on it, I'm sure you'll post it when you've got it perfect!

  3. What a wonderful post. If your mom gives you grief over singleing her out, just remind her that it's the return on her investment. Sometimes I think our moms forget how much they've done and what it means. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Aw, that is so sweet! Your mom sounds like quite a special woman. I can see why she would be a favorite thing (person)!

  5. Awww...that's just the sweetest post ever! Your Mom sounds absolutely lovely. Thank you for sharing her with us. Happy FTF! :o)


    Your Mom is sooooo rocking. (Sorry Kirsten's Mom to use slang - but you are !) Just reading about all the wonderful things she is and does , and how much she obviously means to you made me weepy.

    Oh and Kirsten- your Mom has had years to perfect her Mom-ness. I know you're well on the way to one of your kids doing a post about you that sounds a lot like this one day in the future.

    This was a beautiful post K. Thanks for introducing your Mom for FTF.

  7. Treasure every minute. My mom passed away 16 years ago, and I still miss her every day. Your mom sounds alot like mine was. Don't stop singing her praises.

  8. What a wonderful mother you have, that was a beautiful post!

  9. Your mom sounds Awesome!! You are lucky and she is too to have you sing her praises. You both sound super special.....loved this post :-)

  10. Kirsten it is so lovely to hear you have such a wonderful mom. I really loved this beautiful post.