Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's My Mama's Birthday!

I'm straying from my writing posts today to give a major shout-out to the world's most wonderful person - my mom. Today is her birthday and there are no words with which to properly express my deep thanks and appreciation for all she's done for me.

My mom had all four of her daughters between December of 1960 and December of 1969. She and my dad worked hard to raise us girls to be honest, confident, kind, successful peeps, and, if I do say so myself, she's done a fairly kick-ass job.

Judy, or Judith as she prefers to called, was a severe asthmatic as a child, but she has never been one to let anything stop her. She continued on with college throughout the births of her girls, and received her BA at the age of 38. She is the past president of the Western Section of MGMA, a large medical organization, and she has been the Business Administrator for a medical practice in Denver for over 30 years.

My mom has always been the type to nurture and support her friends, family, and even strangers on the street (or at a conference or on a cruise ship). She's that kind of gal. But, two and half years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She took it like a trouper, endured the chemo, radiation, and surgery; the humiliation and exhaustion, and thanks to The All, she is cancer-free. It knocked her down pretty low for a while, but my mom's a fighter. She bounced back up like one of those toys I had when I was a kid- you'd punch it, and it would come right back up again (what were those called?). That's my mom.

So, here's to you, Judy. You are my rock, my inspiration, my mirror for all things good in the world and all that I aspire to be. Thank you for putting up with my sh*t for lo these many years. God knows, it couldn't have been easy.;-)

I love you with all my heart and soul. Thank you. Happy Birthday.

22 comments:

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Wow, your mom's gorgeous!

Happy birthday D's mom!

Suzanne said...

Oh! WOW! DEB... how I hope my girls feel this way about me.

What an amazing mom to elicit such wonderful praise.

Happy Birthday Judy!

DebraLSchubert said...

VA - Thanks. She takes after me.;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Suzanne, I'm sure they will. Glad you liked the post.;-)

Karen Walker said...

What a lovely and loving tribue to your mom, Debra. You are both lucky to have each other. Enjoy every moment.
Karen

Kelly H-Y said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mom. Yours and mine have many similarities ... four daughters (we were born between 1971 and 1979); breast cancer; etc. Your mom sounds like a wonderful lady ... you gave her a beautiful tribute!

DebraLSchubert said...

Karen, We are, indeed, lucky to have each other and we do our best to treasure every moment.;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Kelly, Wow! How similar! I hope your mom's doing well. Did you get the blog list to work btw?

Beth said...

I wish your Mom a very, very happy birthday, and many more to come! She sounds like a remarkable woman...especially to put up with you. [evil grin]

Ann's Rants said...

That is beautiful. My mom is my best friend, so I relate.

What a miracle that she is cancer free.

DebraLSchubert said...

Beth, Thank you, I'll pass along the good wishes. And, yes, she's a saint for putting up with me!!

DebraLSchubert said...

Ann, Thanks. Isn't it awesome having your mom be your best friend? Of course, this wasn't the case in high school!! And, yes - cancer-free is the greatest blessing of all.;-)

Big Plain V said...

Happy birthday, Mom -- good job raising lil' Debbie, there.

DebraLSchubert said...

Ray, Thanks. Lord knows, it couldn't have been easy!;-)

Val said...

Happy Birthday to your mum from me Debbie, because I was born today as well, 47 years ago. Have a wonderful celebration with her and eats tons of cake! HUGS

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Ah, what a great daughter you are. Must come from a great mom.

DebraLSchubert said...

Val, Happy Birthday to you, my wonderful Canadian friend!

I'd love to celebrate with my mom, but I won't get to do that until I go to Denver next month (to celebrate my parent's 50th wedding anniversary!). Trust me, we'll more than make up for it then! ;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

MJ, If there's even a little greatness in me, I owe it all to my parents. I can't take any credit whatsoever.

The Peach Tart said...

Happy Birthday to Mama. I see that the beautiful apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

DebraLSchubert said...

Deborah, You are too kind, my friend. I'll pass your birthday wishes along to my mom.;-)

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mother! She's a beautiful lady, inside and out.

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

DebraLSchubert said...

Elizabeth, Thank you. I raised her well.;-)

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