1.She’s been an amazing example of how a loving marriage can last almost 35 years.
2.We’ve put her through a lot over the years, yet she still loves us like we've never done anything wrong.
3.She rarely missed a field trip when I was in elementary school.
4.She knows how to text!
5.She always said we couldn’t get a dog, but we ended up with three dogs (two of them brought home without her permission, oops!)
6.She has followed a strict skin-care regimen every night for as long as I can remember.
7.She used to let us design our own t-shirts with puff paint and wear them to school.
8.She exercises all the time.
9.She taught me to put York Peppermint Patties in the freezer for a refreshing treat.
10.She used to crush up children’s Tylenol pills (grape-flavored, yuck!) and add them to my kool-aid or pb&j sandwiches when I was sick, because I couldn’t stand the taste of medicine and it was the only way I’d take it.
11.She’s very generous with her time, money and advice.
12.She used to cook me “special dinners” (usually plain noodles with butter) because I was too picky for whatever the rest of the family was eating
13.She taught me how to shave my legs.
14.She used to hum "Lullaby and Goodnight” when she was rocking me as a baby (and yes I can still remember that!)
15.She is incredibly honest and not afraid to give her opinion.
16.She always baked our birthday cakes from scratch and let us choose what color icing we wanted (mine always had pink trim).
17.She didn’t judge me when I went through my bleached blonde phase.
18.She would tell me to “look at the monkeys on the ceiling” when washing the shampoo out of my hair during bath time, something I now do for Chloe.
19.She has such strong faith.
20.She always made us wear helmets on our bikes, even when they weren’t cool.
21.She cries during Hallmark movies
22.She passed down her love of root beer and banana flavored candies.
23.She put up with my constant whining and pouting as a kid when things didn’t go my way. Whenever Chloe gets whiney, I remember that I was 100 times worse as a kid, and wonder how she was able to resist smacking me.
24.She makes the best homemade cinnamon rolls.
25.She brought home boxes upon boxes of books that she got for free when she worked at the book warehouse, including the entire set of Baby-Sitter’s Club books.
26.She supports me in spite of my bad decisions (and there have been many!)
27.She took pictures of me on the first day of school, every year, even college.
28.She and my dad would watch patiently while my sister and I put on numerous “shows” for them in the living room, which usually included dancing, singing, or both.
29.She fries tortilla shells in oil for taco night.
30.She always cleaned up after us when we were too lazy to do our chores.
31.She loves all of her step-grandchildren as if they’re her own.
32.She let us ride on the big carts at Costco.
33.She taught me how to parallel park.
34.She still has most of our school projects and favorite toys boxed up in the attic.
35.She had incredibly strict rules, for our own good.
36.She still loved me, even after I broke all of those incredibly strict rules.
37.She kept necklaces in her jewelry box that I made out of string and barrettes.
38.She’s sacrificed so much for the happiness of her kids.
39.She did my laundry and even put my clothes away until I was a senior in high school (can we say spoiled?).
40.She made sure we had what she didn’t have as a kid: fluoride and swimming lessons. As a result, I’ve never had a cavity, and I was on the swim team in high school.
41.She gives me great tips on finances and budgeting.
42.She handmade several of our Halloween costumes and a few dance recital costumes.
43.She always let me invade her bathroom to do my makeup, because it had better lighting.
44.She spent our childhood working odd jobs so that she was able to work during school hours so we never had to go to daycare (lunch lady, book warehouse, cleaning lady, envelope stuffer to name a few).
45.She encourages me and prays for me.
46.She found my “hidden” letter to Santa when I was little, and even replied to it.
47.She prefers silence over music in the car, something that used to drive me crazy, but that I can now appreciate.
48.She would go all out choosing a bedroom theme for us, and even went so far as to cover the ceiling in fishing net for our “Little Mermaid” theme. Must be why I’m so obsessed with getting Chloe’s room just right.
49. She’s probably getting teary-eyed right now reading this. (Hi, Mom!)
50. Because she is my mom.