Thursday, April 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom

My amazing mom just had a birthday. She's the kindest, toughest, most accepting and understanding, most interested, most selfless, most hard-working, most faithful, and most beautiful woman I know and I'm so blessed to be her daughter.

Here's a glimpse at my mom as we celebrate all that she's brought to the world in the past 66 years:

engagement photo

my blessing day
mom with me
at our house in Virginia

who cares if you've got baby spit-up all over your dress or your husband is wearing PJ bottoms?

with her dad and newborn Saydi

at our SLC house with baby Saydi
my 6th birthday
Saydi's first birthday
with Saydi and Jonah
with Josh and Shawni
with baby Jonah (#5)

with newborn Talmadge - baby #6

visiting Egypt
Visiting Jerusalem (pregnant with Noah - #7)

With baby Noah (blessing day above, sleeping below)

With Noah (baby #7). Yep, he's a boy but we loved dressing him up like a girl, wanted a little sister so bad!

With me when I was 11 years old.

With baby Eli (#8)
Teton Nat'l Park with Shawni, me, Jonah and Saydi

Colonial Mexico with 8 kids
determined to learn Spanish in Mexico - she carried that book with her everywhere

With Eli:
newborn Charity - #9


Appearing on Oprah (This interview helped take the book she wrote with my dad, Teaching Your Children Values, to the #1 spot on the NYTimes Bestseller List. Shawni and I were on our missions so we weren't on the show.)

With me and Saydi when they came to pick me up on my mission to Bulgaria (meeting some of my dear friends - Maria, Lubka and Rosa) 

Picking up Saydi from her mission in Spain.

The day the twins were born:

A Grammie visit - yeah!

Grammie Camp kids (she takes the kids off in small groups to teach them about their ancestors and have a great time together every summer)

An "MFME" gathering in Park City, UT

Another MFME gathering at Bear Lake

MFME 2013

Eyre Family 2007

Eyre Family 2009

Eyre Family 2010

With all her grandkids in 2011

Eyre family 2012

With her nine children - 2012

Hosting the first big Power of Moms Retreat at her house and serving as keynote speaker (best supporter and helper ever!). So fun to have Saydi, Shawni and Charity there to help speak as well. (another similar retreat coming up May 4th - details HERE.)

Making podcasts for Power of Moms with me, Shawni and Charity.



Eli said...

Best mom ever!

valerie said...

That was so fun to see all the photos. What a lucky family to have your mother!

Unknown said...

beautiful and amazing woman, an inspiration!

Jonah and Aja said...

Great post Saren! Linda-- You are such a beauty, in all aspects of the word.


Nancy said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE your mom.....and dad too!!! they are great examples of the gospel in action!

Camile said...

You Mom is BEAUTIFUL! (You look a lot like her.) I'm grateful to your mom because of her books that I've learned from, and for raising such wonderful kids who I can learn from via blogs.

ireneilias said...

Happy Happy Birthday to your Mom! xo

Dani said...

so inspired

Linda said...

Saren, I am overwhelmed! I can't believe how long it must have taken to find and post all those pictures, many of which I haven't seen for many many years!

This made me laugh and it made me cry. I feel like the most blessed woman in the world! How can I ever thank you enough for collecting all this stuff in one place. Truly amazing! How could I possibly deserve such an incredible oldest child? Love you SO much!

sonna said...

She makes it look so easy! Fun post Saren, your mom's an inspiration.

Jonah and Aja said...

i do love the spit up and pyjama bottoms photo. i want to frame that one and put it at our house.

CathyMA said...

WoW, what a life! I hope I can look back like that one day too. :)


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