Thursday, July 2, 2009

I Enjoy Being a Girl


This is my mom and I a few years ago. Ok, a lot of years ago, but we still sit like that when we're together. Ok we don't. But isn't she cute? Do you ever look at old pictures of your mom and wish she had saved some of her clothes? I totally think I could pull off that shirt. The hair? Not so much.

Today is her birthday.

My mom and I have always had a really solid relationship. I can't ever think of a time when we didn't get along. Most girls go through a phase that includes fighting with their mother. I don't really have memories of such a phase. Not even in junior high...though I'm sure we didn't always agree about skirt length.


My mom really is fantastic. And I have such a deeper love and appreciation for her after becoming a mother myself. I'm sure I put my mother through much of the same trouble I deal with with my own crazies. She taught me a lot of things over the years but the thing that sticks out the most is her joy in womanhood.

This is at girls camp...hence the really cute outfits. She was the Stake Young Women's president through most of my high school years. We had just finished performing "I Enjoy Being a Girl" at the camp talent show.

And because I really like to embarrass people with my flashbacks, I have to include this. I'm not sure if you (mom) even knew this picture existed, but every time I run across it I laugh my head off. It was taken on a really windy day in Hawaii. She's hardly even recognizable.


In her defense, this is what she really looks like.
She really is pretty cute, huh?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

14 comments:

jeanine said...

Your mom really is great! I have so many good memories of her.

Happy Birthday!

Curtis Whipple said...

That's nice! I love her too- for everybody else reading- she's my sister.

Jen said...

Happy Birthday to your mom! I've always had a great relationship with my mom too. I love that. And that song reminds me of the time we stayed at your house for spring break after our first year of college and you and your mom sang that song for your dad in the hospital. You guys are the cutest!

Kelly said...

Love your mom!! Happy Birthday to her!!

Sam and Becky said...

awww Cute. Happy Birthday to her!

Sheryl said...

Love this Birthday girl! No one like her..what an example and a mentor, and a dear friend!

Genn said...

That was a very nice and well written post about your Mom. I must admit, I laughed out loud at the windy hair picture. Very funny. The next picture of her good hair day makes up for it. Happy Birthday Lauri!

Lauri said...

Aw shucks! And thanks so much for including the windy hair picture. It's a good thing that wall is in front of us because my skirt probably looked like that too. YIKES!

Heidi said...

your mom is quite fantastic... happy birthday to her!

Kris said...

What a lovely tribute to your Mom. She is a special lady!!!

Kelly said...

your mom is great!

Amber Nish said...

How great it is to have a wonderful mom!! Yours sounds absolutely delightful! ( I must admit I have even stalked her blog a time or two, just to learn a bit more about the woman who raised you..the apple does not seem to fall far from the tree in your case:) I hope all is well in Ohio, it sounds like you are happy to be back! Thanks for your nice, and all too flattering comment!Everyone needs a good friend who will lay on the flattery even when you are in a hospital gown!

Autumn said...

Happy birthday! Funny enough, the picture with the windy hair I can see a lot of Jeff-I think its the smile.

Amanda B. said...

Happy Birthday, Laurie! I have really enjoyed getting to know her through you and her blog. She is an amazing person!