Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother Dear


I've contemplated starting a blog for quite some time now, and thought Mother's Day would be a perfect day to start in honor of my mom, Sue Bischof.
I feel really lucky to have such a great mom. The other day I was shopping for cards and another woman was doing the same. She asked me if I was friends with my mom and I said yes. She teared up and said she always wished she could give her mom a card like the one I had picked for mine, but the truth is they weren't close at all. I think the older I get, the closer my mom and I get.
My mom has had her share of hard knocks. She was widowed at the young age of 21 and left with 3 small children. My sister Andrea was only 2 days old and still in intensive care since she was a preemie baby. I can't even imagine what she went through, but she worked so hard to create a nice home environment for us. I'd say my mom is a patient woman. I don't remember her losing her cool very often. She read to us, played with us, smiled at us, snuggled with us, and loved us. I remember her playing fun songs on the piano and us dancing around. Every now and then she even broke out the guitar and would sing "Wild Thing". You should ask her to do it. It's great!
I love my moms sense of humor. She loves a good cornball joke just like me. When I was in middle school we lived in a town called Monmouth. They had a yearly parade on the 4th of July that anyone could be a part of. She would tell me and my siblings that if we didn't get along she was going to do her routine in the parade. The routine was my mom dressed in leotards, a tutu, and cowboy boots. She would then do a drill dance that she did in high school. Lets just say we BEGGED her not to do it. I offered to babysit my brothers so she and dad could go to the beach for a day if she wouldn't do it. Thankfully she never participated in the parade, but I do recall babysitting while they went to the beach.
I think my mom is one of the nicest people around. I never hear her saying unkind things about others. She always tries to give a person the benefit of the doubt. My mom has a softness about her. She's shy until you get to know her. I know that when people get to know her they really love her.
My mom has a knack for making things pretty around her. She can make a dumpy house beautiful. She recognizes the beauty of the world around her, looking at the tiniest wildflower and seeing it's beauty. She hears beautiful music and gets choked up. She makes the prettiest pie crust and so many other wonderful foods.
I love who my mom is. Unique, beautiful, modest, unpresuming, supportive, and kind. I love that I can call my mom my friend. I truly hope that my children will grow to love me as much as I love my mom. Thanks for everything mom. I love you so much and I hope you have a Happy Mother's Day.

13 comments:

Andrea said...

Beautiful Heidi. What a nice tribute to our wonderful mom. Good for you for starting up your blog!! It looks great. I love you my sister!!

Jayna said...

Beautiful post and I'm glad you finally gave in to the pressure. It'll be fun to see what's going on with you guys.

Skydazzler said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too! Great tribute to your Mom. She's everything you said and more. I'm so blessed that she is my sissy-in-law. I love her sense of humor too. Great blog...welcome to blogdom. Love you.

Shyla said...

Your mom is an amazing person. It will be fun to see what is going on with you and your family.

kg said...

Yay for blogging, welcome! What a perfect first post. Your mom is a wonderful lady, I am lucky that she has influenced my life too! Happy mothers day to you as well :) Looking forward to many more posts...

Ditto Family said...

I'm so glad you have finally succumbed! What a wonderful and true tribute of your mom! I sure have A LOT of fun memories that involve her.

Can't wait to see more pics of the kids!

Mama Nirvana said...

So glad you are blogging -- now I feel I can keep up with you!

Amy

Laura said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Mom, Heidi. It touched her deeply!! I agree your Mom is awesome, and she has touched my life as well with all her wonderful qualities. I look forward to keeping up with your little family on your blog. May be one day I will join the "blog gang". :-) Love ya! Aunt Laura

buhtafly said...

Welcome to the blogworld! Happy Mothers day! What a great post about your mom, she is truly a wonderful woman!

looking forward to hearing and seeing pictures of whats going with you guys!

Marisa said...

Heidi -- what a beautiful tribute to your mom!! Now I know where you get all your great traits -- because that sounds an awful lot like you...minus the tutu and cowboy boots, though not improbable, right? ;)

I look forward to sneak peeks into your life -- you're a great friend and I miss you tons. I can't wait until I get back to blog about my trip!

Julie said...

Congrats for a beautiful blog entry! I agree that you are blessed with a great Mom! I remember her and all of your family- including your little brothers that you adored. I remember you making them shorts in sewing class one year and that touched me since I never thought of making some for my siblings!

emily a. said...

Hi Heidi,
Sara just sent me your blog address and I'm so HAPPY you started one. I can't wait to see more pictures of you and your cute kiddies. I loved reading about your mom- she is a gem. I always loved her soft voice and calm manner.

I miss you but have liked the little updates Sara and Andrea have shared over the years.

Elyse said...

Hello Heidi! I hope you're doing well! That was a beautiful tribute and I think every mother dreams of having her babies feel that way about her => My husband and I are planning on visiting Austin in August for a friend's wedding. I went to college at UT there, and loved the town. Not so much the heat, however =>
It's great to see your beautiful family! Love to you all!
Sincerely~Elyse Eichsteadt-Estrada