Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jin!

Today is all about Jinnie!
It is her birthday!
And because she has been such a good mom and such a sweet and helpful grandmother, she gets a post dedicated only to her!
Mom hardly misses a "special" occasion. And I don't just mean the over-the-top holiday things (Easter extravaganzas, major Valentine's gifts, shoot, even a Halloween treat for everyone), but also being there for the first day of dance, or to make sure swimming lessons are going well, or that everyone has a ride to therapy! She also swoops in to save the day with a "spend the night with Jin" night or a quick ride up to McDonald's just to get them out and give ol' Mel a little relief! I love how mom celebrates everything!
I always say I get my "strength" from her.
I know that Staci and I are independent women because of how our mom raised us. There is very little that we are actually afraid to try. She very much instilled in us a sense of fearlessness and courage.
Mom has NUMEROUS college degrees, and if I am not mistaken, was still edu-macating well into her 50's. She certainly taught us the value of education, working hard, and basically, reaping what you sow! I am very thankful for learning a good work ethic from my mom.
Mom also taught us compassion and generosity. She'd gladly give someone her last nickel if she thought it could make their life better.
So mom, enjoy your special day! You have done your job well. Run a good race! You have a happy, healthy family who loves you very much!
Mel

9 comments:

Cherry said...

Happy Birthday Aunt Jinnie...yes Mel you do have a great mom...love those Jones girls...she (as well as ya'll ) sure have been generous to Drew and I appreciate it so much...

Beverly said...

Happy Birthday Jin! Hope you have a wonderful day.

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday Jin Jin!!!! I spoke to her last week when I called in my pledge for the Shake for Jake telethon. Hope her day is full of blessings!!!!

tricia said...

Happy Birthday Jinnie! Wishing you health,happiness&love!

Belinda said...

Happy Birthday to Jin! Today is my moms birthday too!! Great women born today!! I LOVE the picture of Ellie and Jin with their heads together...also of her with all the grands! Great post as usual!

Dawn said...

What a precious post about a precious lady. We love Jin Jin too. Mason still looks forward to staying with his Jin Jin every year that we come there for Shake 4 Jake. We are thankful for her generosity and love. Thanks for sharing her with us! Happy Birthday Jin Jin...we love you!

Mbeaty19 said...

Happy Birthday to Jin! She is such an amazing person and has raised such a great family. You are so blessed to have such a fantastic mother/grandmother. Love the grandchildren picture.

Amy said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Mom! What a blessing she is!
Happy Birthday Jin! I love the photo of her and the grandkids.

Renee said...

Happy Birthday Jin Jin. I hope you enjoy your day with things you love.