Today is my Mom's birthday and I'm late getting this post up. We've spent the whole morning at a soccer tournament, that's where we were yesterday too. And just as always my parents drove out to watch Sweet Pea's team play yesterday.
My Mom is one of the people that really influenced how I feel about gardening. With four busy daughters she always had a our yard looking beautiful. I found a funny picture of her the other day that was too faded to scan, but she was on her hands and knees weeding.
When we were younger we would wake up to a chore list on the weekends where we had to pick a few to do. Mostly things like folding laundry or vacuuming the stairs (the chore we all hated). The outdoor chores were always the ones I avoided. It's funny because I'd much rather weed than do housework now. But on the weekend my Mom would be out there weeding or carrying bags of compost around or dividing plants. I learned most of what I know about gardening from her. I'm sure when I was a teenager the last thing she would've thought I'd have as a hobby as an adult would be gardening.
Sunflower 'Lemon Queen'
My Mom made their garden beautiful so my husband and I could have our wedding in their backyard, something I hope one day my daughters will want to do. She loves spending special time with all of her grandchildren; making long trips with my Dad to attend sporting events from here to Idaho. She's spent lot's of time teaching Sweet Pea how to knit and cook. She's a 7 year survivor of Ovarian cancer who taught us all how to stay positive in tough times. I think she was the strongest of all of us during her surgery and chemotherapy treatments. We're all so glad she's been healthy since then. "You are my sunshine" is one of the songs she sang to us when we were younger, and now sings to her grandkids.
Happy Birthday Mom!