42 Reasons We Love You…

Tuesday, I put 42 years on the books.  My daughters, led by my favorite brunette, gave me a really awesome birthday gift.  It warmed my  heart and was so perfect that I decided that I needed to share it with each of you.


Image credit: Katie Arndt Photography

I woke up to find a written list entitled: 42 Reasons We Love You…

  1. You push us to be our best selves.
  2. You always support us in following our dreams — even when they inconvenience you.
  3. What you see is what you get.
  4. You do everything with your whole heart.
  5. You don’t hide the way that you feel.
  6. You’re confident in your own skin.
  7. You can still beat most of the high school boys in a push-up contest.
  8. You donate so much of your time to your community and those you love.
  9. You make us sing the wrong words to songs.
  10. You always have a goal,
  11. And you work hard to achieve it.
  12. You always see things through to the end.
  13. You’re a glass half-full kind of gal.
  14. Your not afraid to own the room,
  15. And you command it so well.
  16. You’re not ostentatious,
  17. You quietly find a way to show your talents.
  18. You uphold your values and beliefs in everything that you do.
  19. You taught us that “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll always fall for anything.”
  20. You’re a planner,
  21. But when you don’t have one, you fake it well.
  22. You treat everyone with respect, no matter their age, gender, beliefs, or intelligence.
  23. You taught us that God made everyone different, and that’s a good thing.
  24. You’ve encouraged us to leave home and see the world,
  25. Plus you’re paying for us to do it!
  26. You’ve shown that holding a grudge will only wear you down,
  27. And that forgiveness lightens the heart.
  28. Because of you, we know that good is the enemy of great.
  29. We’ve seen your incredible work ethic throughout the years and been inspired by it.
  30. You are an example of how to live and love life to the fullest.
  31. You embrace PDA and let us know that true love only grows.
  32. You’re not afraid to be a little goofy,
  33. And you put up with Dad being more than a little goofy.
  34. You tell us to Pack Our FAITH,
  35. And constantly encourage us to look for God in our lives.
  36. You appreciate the natural beauty of the world.
  37. On that note, you allow our house to be in its natural state of lived-in messy.
  38. You take our fashion advice with little complaint (and sometimes even ask for it!)
  39. You don’t know what swag, lit, or OG mean, but you still manage to be the coolest person in the world.
  40. You are an impartial judge of character.
  41. And a great listener.
  42. But most of all, you’re our Mom!

My girls are my greatest blessing and I am so proud to be their mom…



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11 responses to “42 Reasons We Love You…

  1. That’s beautiful Ann, happy birthday.

  2. You are truly blessed, what wonderful girls to recognize so much. Happy Birthday!!!

  3. What a marvelous gift! We share the same birth date…(but mine was SEVERAL years prior to yours)

  4. Dawn

    Very very sweet! They know their momma well. You done good Anne! Happy Birthday!

  5. Wow… amazing girls, amazing you! Happy Birthday!
    Funny my hubby’s birthday was a little over a week ago and I did something similar for him and he loved it as well… but your daughters doing this is so special and shows the character you taught and show them!

  6. Roger Hunt

    First of all, happy belated birthday, Anne!! Don’t know you real well but those 42 reasons don’t surprise me at all. My gut just told me, “Here is a person worth knowing”! Thank you for all that you share, cattle, family,……the whole works. Always gives me something to think about.

    I must also say, you have nurtured some really great young women from the looks of things
    You know, the Apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree!

    Make yourself the best day ever!

  7. Cool people don’t care for what “swag, lit, or OG” mean. By the way, your mother is OP. She has always been OP.

  8. A belated Happy Birthday, Anne. Your girls are the best tribute you could ever have!

  9. Sue Fan Ferguson

    Wonderful! Hope you had a great birthday, Ann!

  10. You’re gona have a great year, Ann!
    Happy Birthday!

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