Monday, December 8, 2008

Mother Bybee

whenever my friends and i said "mom" way back in high school we would be met with about 10 different heads turning to give us their attention. this was because there were always right around 8-10 moms around at any given volleyball tourney, basketball game, track meet, school event, or a fun get-together, and "mom" sounds the same when coming out of any teenager's mouth. all of the moms were moms to all, but my own mom was (still is) unquestionably the best. for this reason, i began calling for "Mother Bybee" if i wanted to get my biological mom's attention.

anyway, i will keep this quick because Mother Bybee will probably be embarrassed to read about herself on the internet, but here are a few things you should know about her (even if you don't really know her):

1 - there is not one ounce of 'bad' in her body. she is wholly good.
2 - she is the best cookie-baker ever. (just ask her grandkids, who help her make cookies every time they go over to "MeMaw's" house. only problem is the dough never really makes it to the oven when they're there...or when i'm there.)
3 - she and my dad are the most giving people i have ever known. one example: we know this woman who has all sorts of health problems, money problems, etc. my parents occasionally drive her up to columbia for surgery, take her out to lunch, minister to her spiritual needs, and do countless other things for her. if coacher and i learn to be even half as giving as my parents are, we will have done something right.
4 - sometimes i think she stops breathing when she laughs really hard. it's so awesome...
5 - she is beautiful, inside and out. (also, i must say that coacher and i both noticed that she was absolutely glowing on our wedding day. i can think of two possible reasons for this: 1 - she was glad see me officially "leave and cleave," or 2 - she knew how divinely happy i was.)
6 - she is a really great shopper and an even better listener. i don't really trust many other people to go shopping with me (or to listen to me when i talk nonsense sometimes).
7 - the meaning of Ruthie is "friend, companion." There's so much in a name.

happy birthday, Mom/Mother Bybee/Ruthie/MeMaw. the world is brighter with you in it.


  1. ruthie is as cool as a box doubt!

  2. This is my first comment ever on a blog site, but I couldn't pass this one up. You are WAY too kind and much blinded to my many imperfections but I am so blessed by your sweet words. You made turning 60 a good day!! I know the one thing I have done right is to have raised such a wonderful daughter and I am so proud of the beautiful person you have become. Just in case your brothers might read this, I am super proud of them too!! Love, Mom

  3. hillenblogshappywifeDecember 8, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Happy Birthday to your mom! What wonderful things to say...

  4. Jenny,
    What a sweet tribute to your Mom. I know she must be a very special person. I do know she has a very special, sweet daughter.

  5. What a great Mom! I think all of us who have great mom's take advantage of it at some point or another, but I know they love to hear how much we do appreciate them. Happy Birthday Jenny's Mom!
    *PS thanks for the mac and cheese invite, I actually had some microwave mac and cheese for lunch and it was terrible, perhaps you can show me your technique!

  6. Jenny, I'm sure your mom is wonderful... the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree!

    (AND you're tagged!)