When I Grow Up I Want to Be Just Like Her


A friend of mine once wrote a list of 100 things that she learned from her mother and posted it on her Myspace blog. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. Today’s the day Mer’s friends post 10 on the 10th. I know a list about mothers is probably cliche’ on Mother’s Day, but this seemed most appropriate not only for this particular day, but for this particular time in my relationship with my mom. My mom and I were extremely close before December of last year, but over the past few months, she’s become even more of a hero to me. I thought I could hit the high points in a list of ten things that my mom has taught me, but as I started writing, I realized I could barely scratch the surface. I’m sure that the second I hit the “Publish” button, I’ll immediately think of 100 more even better things I could have written. This may be a work in progress that I can revisit from time to time. 

So, without further ado, this is my list of Ten Things I Learned From My Mother:

1. How to make the best sweet tea in the world. (And the most delicious yeast rolls, beef stew, and so on, and so on.)

2. How to fold fitted sheets correctly.

3. The importance of family traditions and how to make even ordinary days feel like holidays.

4. How to take such good care of people when they’re sick that they might feel like faking an illness every now and then.

5. How to always be there for the people I love when they need me without making it all about the fact that I’m there.

6. How to fall more deeply in love with my God and His Word every single day and to never stop learning about Him.

7. How to identify flowers and plants (I’ll never know as many as she does) and to love the feel of dirt under my fingernails.

8. That even little searcies (gifts) let people know you’re thinking of them.

9. How to love being a mom more than you love your own life.

10. What it actually means to stand by your man in sickness and in health.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I hope I grow up to be just like you.



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19 responses to “When I Grow Up I Want to Be Just Like Her

  1. Folding fitted sheets is a lost art. My mom taught me, too. More people should learn the skill!

  2. carpoolqueen

    I learned things from your mom, too! I learned about searcies and how to label my medicine boxes so that I could find things faster when I was sick.

    Hugs to both of you on Mother’s Day.

  3. Your mom sounds wonderful. I remember the post you wrote around Thanksgiving about her inviting other folks to gather around your table and then making something for the meal that was familiar and loved by them…wow…if that wasn’t sweet enough, you go and give us a list of ten more reasons to love your mom.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Amy!

  4. Your mom sounds like a beautiful lady.

    Could she teach me how to fold fitted sheets? If you saw may closet, you would know I’ve given up on them looking pretty on the shelf!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  5. Wow! I want to know your mom and be her, too. What a sweet post.

  6. What a beautiful testament to your mom. Like a post and a gift at the same time. 🙂

  7. What a beautiful way to “honor thy mother”! And what a wonderful, godly legacy your mom is leaving, and in turn you will leave!

    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, Amy!

  8. That was precious. And now, of course, I need the beef stew recipe, in May, when it’s too hot to make it. 🙂

  9. Yeah, you’ve got a good one, Snoodles. 🙂

    Happy Mother’s Day to you both! Much love!

  10. Happy Mother’s Day to you and to your sweet Mom. By posting this, you provide an example of agape for the rest of us, so I thank you greatly. Wish I could hug you both.

    Searcies? Do post, sil vous plait. I’ve heard of bread and butter notes, etc, but not searcies.

  11. Beautiful! Nothing in this life compares to a wonderful mother!

  12. What a sweet tribute list to your mom! She sounds like a wise and wonderful woman. I’m going to have to glean from her vicariously through you!!

    Happy Mother’s Day!!

  13. I am so serious. PLEASE post how to correctly fold fitted sheets…I.must.know. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves and they end up being a big ball in the closet.

    Now then, what a precious gift you have in your Mama. She sounds like an angel here on earth and I know how full your heart must feel by the special relationship you share with her.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you my friend!

  14. Your mom sounds like one incredible lady. You are so very blessed. I don’t know what we’d do without our moms . . . especially when they cross the threshold of being not just our mom, but our friend, and our hero.

    I hope you have one amazing mother’s day!!

  15. Deena

    I love your Mom! I hope she has a wonderful day and I hope you do too!

    I need to remember what she says about making every days fill like a holiday. I think it was your mom who first talked to me about the book “You Bring the Confetti”

    Have a blessed Mother’s Day!

  16. What a beautiful list and great tribute to your Mom.

  17. LOVE your list. Your mom sounds amazing. Love her already.

    How To Fold Fitted Sheets….by Whimzie. How-to-Post, please. Still can’t figure that out.

  18. Oh how I do love this list. It’s my prayer that my children will be able to come up with 10 of their own when they are grown.

    beautiful, beautiful!

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