Let Me Tell You About Kate

Let me tell you about Kate.

My mom is the best woman I’ve ever known. She’s my best friend and my hero. She’s the one person who knows me better than I know myself (and still likes me anyway.)

She’s the kind of mom who made me feel beautiful even when I was chubby and had braces and glasses. She makes me feel smart, even though I can barely do long division. She usually laughs at my jokes and she always answers the phone when I call.

She’ll listen to me gab about the most random things, and she’ll always seem interested. She’ll sit and do nothing with me, even though it’s terribly difficult for her to sit still. She’ll do anything for anyone, and not ask for a thing in return.

She’s the kind of woman who’ll drink you under the table on Saturday and beat you to church on Sunday.

Kate has always helped me put things into perspective. I used to complain about my brother being annoying (sorry, Brian) and her response was always the same: multiply this by seven.

Kate with six of her seven brothers (+Mare)

She’s the kind of mom who will shop with me, even though she’d rather watch football.

There’s not one person on the face of this Earth who’s met Kate and doesn’t love her. Babies love her. Teens love her. Her friends love her. Your local gangsters would probably love her too.

She’s the woman who showed me that friendships are about quality, not quantity.

She is, in a word, the best. I love talking to her. I love being with her. I love that she’s been the most wonderful mother a girl could ever ask for.

And when I grow up, I wanna be like Kate.

Happy (35th ;) ) birthday, Mommy!!


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21 Responses to Let Me Tell You About Kate

  1. Ashley says:


    Colleen this is such a great post!!! :)

  2. What a beautiful post! I wanna meet Kate – Happy birthday!

  3. Sam says:

    Happy Birthday to your mom! She sounds quite amazing indeed :) I would die with 7 brothers haha.

  4. This is so cute! I bet your mom is so proud to have you for a daughter!

    Happy 35th! ha ha

  5. This is SUCH a beautiful post! It seems like you & I have a similar relationship to your mom as I do to mine. Having a mom for a best friend is truly a blessing :D

    Happy birthday Colleen’s mommy!

  6. ColleenWhitneyBaker says:

    Love you, Kate, and this post!

  7. Jen says:

    I feel the same way about my mom! I love her more than anything. I hope your mom has a great day! Obviously, she deserves it! Tell her HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the blogging community. :D

  8. Joni says:

    Wonderful post, Colleen. Lucky Katie…lucky you!

  9. Happy Birthday Mom! And Colleen, I love that sweater with the lace in the last picture.

  10. Aww happy birthday do your mom!!! My mom and I really close too :D . Oh, and I just became self-hosted and I don’t know if I’m showing up in google reader or not anymore- wanted to let you know!

  11. Happy birthday to your momma!! You sound like you have the same relationship with your mom that I do with mine. <3 it!

  12. Suzanne says:

    Happy Birthday to her! What a great post to celebrate a special day!

  13. Stephanie says:

    What a sweet birthday tribute. You’re lucky to have such a great mom…and she’s lucky to have such a great daughter!

  14. This is so beautiful and so true! Great mother and daughter team, here! Love to you and your family!! Aunt Janet
    P. S. The pictures were so perfect!!

  15. mom says:

    I am so blessed to have such a wonderful daughter thank you Colleen for a lovely blog post, you are the best! And I had a great Happy Birthday.

  16. Aw, this is so cute! Happy Birthday to your mom!

  17. Grace says:

    This is incredibly sweet! Your Momma sounds like an awesome lady, it’s easy to see she passed some of her awesome-ness on down to you, too!

  18. Awww this is such a sweet post! I have a feeling your mom and I would have some fun together drinkin’ the guys under the table while watching football ;)

  19. Diana says:

    How cute is your momma? SUCH a gangster ;)

    Happy birthday to her!

  20. I feel the exact same way about my mom!! Happy birthday to her, it sounds like you got pretty lucky :)

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