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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Happy 60th birthday, Mommy!

My mom turns 60 today. She is the most wonderful mother you could hope for--she always sounds happy when you call (even to talk about boring things), she somehow knows the definition of every vocab word (the only one that ever stumped her was friable!) and she's always up for a stinky cheese and glass of white wine. And isn't she beautiful? To know her is to love her, and I could write about her all day. We're throwing her a big family party this May in NYC, and I cannot wait.
My mom when she was three, living in Manchester, England, with her mother, older brother and grandparents, while her dad was stationed in Korea...
At Catholic school in first grade...
A romantic photo my dad took when they were first dating in London...
With us twin babies in Paris ("We had lots of wild wallpaper, even on the ceilings!" she remembers)...
With me at our grandparents' house in Alabama...
With my sister in the Tuileries gardens in Paris...
With my brother (who I think looks just like Toby here!)...
With newborn Toby!

Mama, we adore you!!!!!!! Happy 6-0!!!!!!!

P.S. Babies in Paris:)

140 comments:

Jessica said...

I kept looking for the photo of your 60 year old mom and did a double take when I realized SHE was 60. She's beautiful. Lucky you!

Simone said...

Your mother is BEAUTIFUL....she is an English rose, I cannot believe she is 60!!

What a lovely selection of photos too, happy birthday to her!!

cheryl said...

She is just beautiful.... obviously inside and out!!! You are a lucky lady!!

macaca grava por cima said...

Your mother is naturally beautiful. She has this feeling of peace in her eyes... And I guess we tend to feel closer to our mothers when we become mothers. In Portugal we have a saying: "Who has a mother, has everything!"

emilie sarah said...

what an absolutely sweet, sweet, sweet post. happy birthday to her!

Fancy Pants said...

Beautiful photos and tribute. Nicely done:)And how fun that you, your mom and sis are all bday buddies!

RZY said...

wow, that IS an incredibly romantic photo of her. how lovely!

happy birthday!

Jill Hardt said...

What a sweet post for your mom :) Gorgeous lady and amazing photos!

KristiMcMurry said...

awww happy birthday to your mom! She is so gorgeous, and that picture of her that your father took in London is incredible.

liza said...

Happy Birthday to your very stylish & chic mom! The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

Abbey S said...

She looks so young! Happy birthday to her!

Sarah Morgan said...

This is so lovely. Your mother seems like an amazing woman! Wishing her the most wonderful of birthdays.

LeeLee said...

Aw, so sweet. Happy Birthday to your lovely mother. :)

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

Happy happy birthday! She really is just beautiful.

Style-Delights said...

Your mom is so rocking that plaid shirt and crossbody bag in Alabama picture! Now we know where did you get your style sense from!
Happy Birthday to your mom! She looks gorgeous!

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Kirsteen said...

Aaw, happy birthday to your mum! She's very beautiful. Can't wait for all the details of the party you're having for her :)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Yesterday was my 58th birthday. I can totally relate to your mama and the times she grew up. Happy Birthday to You is being sung right now to your mama from me.

caitlin said...

Love reading about your family - the photos are lovely!

catherine said...

wow! amazing family pictures

nicole said...

Your mother is so beautiful - just like you! Happy birthday to her! The party in May sounds like so much fun! xo.

Jackie {York Avenue} said...

Aww, all these cute babies and your adoration for your mom-I almost teared up a little! So cute, and your mom is so beautiful. These pictures of her are lovely.

Anonymous said...

Your Mother is beautiful. Beauty runs in the family. Happy Birthday to her and many blessings this coming year!

Anonymous said...

Awh - happy birthday to your mama! I have to say Joanna, I think your relationship with your mother is truly inspirational. Cheesy as it may seem, I've learned a lot from how open you are with her, and have seen it completely change (for the better) my own relationship with my ma!

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Mich said...

I'm still trying to let it sink in that that beautiful woman is 60! Wow!...just wow.

Happy Birthday to her, and wishing her many more years of happiness and joy :)

Meredith said...

Toby looks like YOU in the photo from your grandparents' house in Alabama!

Anonymous said...

My mom is about to turn 60 too! You're mother does NOT look her age and she looks like a total sweetie.

HiLLjO said...

Aw! Happy birthday to your Mommy, Joanna. She is so beautiful and the photos you shared show a wonderful life full of love and lovely people.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the gift guides you've had in the past. I've always thought a great gift for my mom would be a calendar with a bunch of pictures similar to the ones you've posted here...thanks for the inspiration!
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Lori said...

OH MY -- as a mother, I cannot think about anything but how happy I'd be if my daughter wrote something similar about me, could there be anything better? Happy birthday to your very lucky mother.

Simone said...

I've just been looking back through some of your baby photos in Paris....gorgeous!! I just love what your Mum had to say about her time there....especially when the doctor told her it was twins and then triplets!!! So funny!!!

PS You look incredibly like your Dad, wow!!

Anne said...

Happy birthday to your gorgeous mom!

teeny84 said...

So beautiful! And my grandpa was also stationed in Korea around that time!

barefoot duchess said...

this is an adorable post! happy birthday to your mom

Janine said...

Your mom does not look 60. I still don't believe it. She's beautiful. I hope she has a fabulous day.

Color + Light said...

wow your mother is specatular and does not look anything close to 60! There is a definite resemblence with you and Toby to her.......Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mama. Thanks for showing us how great 60 can look!
Christine

Linh + Tina said...

wow, she looks damn good for 60! what cute momma you have. :) Happy Birthday to her!!!

VintageDanielle said...

AW, what a sweet post. Happy Birthday!!!

Mrs. Châtelaine in Paris said...

Oh I love your mother's story from Babies in Paris!
We're trying to have a baby now and we live in Paris. I can't wait for my children to be perfect little French angels, like you and your sister!

xox Mrs. Châtelaine in Paris

Hannah said...

aw, happy birthday to your sweet momma. :)

ElsaD said...

Beautiful Jo! Happy B-Day to her and congrats for having such an amazing relationship with her. I totally realte to that! Please check out my today's post as I would like to have your opinion: After forgiving and forgetting...can we fall in love again?
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Bisous!

vanessa (the gal) said...

Man, she looks great!! Sweet post :)

xxo, Vanessa (the gal)

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Diana Mieczan said...

This post is so sweet. Happy Birthday to your beautiful mama and those photos are truly melting my heart! Have a great day, xo

Rebecca said...

Oh your mom is stunningly beautiful !
I love that second picture on the ferry boat...

Robyn said...

your mum looks great-so happy and beautiful!i'm going to call mine NOW.x

Gabriella said...

Happy birthday to you mother. She looks beautiful and serene. Lovely wishes to you both.

Kathryn Elise said...

that one photo of you as a child with your mom- I did a double take! Toby looks a lot like you did as a child :).

Bethany said...

Such dreamy and nostalgic photos here! Cherish your mom. I miss mine dearly. <3

Beth said...

I love that picture your dad took of your mom when they were first dating! So beautiful! I also think that picture of you at your grandparents house looks like Toby! Super cute! Happy 60th Birthday to your Mom!

abby said...

your mother doesn't look even close to her age!

Sara Szatmary said...

DANG! Go mama Goddard! I hope I look half that good when I'm 60!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

Wha.....!?!? She looks like she's maybe 40.

At first I thought she was holding you as a baby in that first pic until I recognized it as Toby. You have some seriously good genetics sister.

Happy Birthday to your mama!

Ballad of Seasons said...

she's adorable!!! I love the romantic photo taken by your dad!
xxx,
Betül

Alexa said...

Beautiful! And such an interesting life :)

Toby looks so much like you!

H* said...

she's soooo beautiful!
congrats from spain!!!!

Bethany said...

Wow! She doesn't look a day over 45! You're mother is beautiful

Meaghan said...

If only we could all look that beautiful and glowing at 60 years old! Happy Birthday to her!
Weird question but I notice your mom's ring in the first picture with Toby. It looks a lot like my own engagement ring which I've never seen before on anyone else. Any chance it's a victorian era (1890s) cluster ring?

Lemanie said...

Aww!! I love all the old pics!! =) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR MOM!!!

Kristin J. said...

She looks so young and beautiful -- what an inspiration!

Kristin

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post, Jo!

amynicole said...

You have such a radiating love for your family :) happy bitthday to your sweet momma!

Anonymous said...

She does NOT look 60! Please share her secrets with us.

Ash said...

happy birthday to your sweet momma! i love these pictures- especially that shot your dad took- SWOON!

Carte Blanche Living & Lifestyle said...

Many congratulations to your mother! She looks incredibly young and pretty!!
Best wishes.

Mollie D said...

There is no way that woman is 60- I hope I look half that good at that age.

Aimee said...

That photo of your mom in London is amazing! I hope it's framed and hanging on her wall.

Anonymous said...

Stunning mum - and there is no way she can be 60 - more like 40 - beautiful lady!

deertale said...

Such a sweet post, and the old pictures are amazing! can she be my mom too :)

Nicola said...

What a lovely post! She is a beautiful lady! Mom's really are the best!! Happy Birthday to her! This makes me want to call my mom and tell her how much I love her too!

Melissa Blake said...

What a lovely post!! You two look so much alike!! :)

ErinBaird said...

Happy 60th Jean! Everything Joanna said is true :)

Splendid Sass said...

Aw... nothing like a wonderful mother! This is beautiful birthday post.
Teresa
xoxo

molliee said...

aww happy birthday to your pretty mommy!

CAROLIN. said...

Ahhh this post is so lovely!
Congratulations to her :)
Your mom looks just like you, especially when she was younger.
Unbelievable that she is 60 years old, she is so beautiful :)
I hope you let her read all the compliments and our wishes.

wmbg said...

belle!

Christy said...

Your mother is beautiful and I can't believe she is 60! She looks like Toby could be her baby!
Enjoy her birthday and enjoy her!

Sally said...

Your mom doesn't age! It's remarkable. Happy Birthday to her!

Lauren C.T. said...

Today is my mom's 60th birthday too! Happy happy to yours!

Sarah Carlson said...

Happy birthday, to your mom! She looks absolutely gorgeous! She sounds like a fascinating, endearing mother. Lucky you!

Maiz Connolly said...

Happy Birthday, Jo's Mama! I love all of the pictures, and your descriptions, too. Ask her if she knows what "paraprosdokian" means! That's my new favorite word :) She looks so fabulous, and she's so young! My mom is going to be EIGHTY this year. She and I waited until our late 30's to have babies, so our generations are so much farther apart.

Camille said...

Your mom looks amaze!

Molly said...

Hard to believe she's 60! She sounds like a wonderful woman and mama.

Christina said...

She is quite a pretty lady. Your love is contagious!

nora said...

oh my! now way she is turning 60! she is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Ive never left a comment before--love for blog. Im writing to say your mom looks AMAZING!!! Cannot believe she is 60 looks 40!

K said...

this photo set is so nice: ) and the one of the date, looking into the mirror is so romantic!

Kelsey Ann said...

Woah! I cannot believe your mama is 60, she does not look her age at all. Be sure to let her know that all your blog readers think she is so beautiful. So beautiful. I can't wait to see pictures from the May party, I'm sure it will be a blast!

Girlie Blogger said...

She's beautiful. Happy birthday mom!

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Patty [PRETTYGROUNDED] said...

your mom is literally gorgeous. she doesnt look a day past 40

Jessica said...

what a sweet post! happy birthday to your mama. :)

HY said...

Your mama is beautiful! A very happy birthday to her! I cannot believe she is 60!

Cathi said...

Happy birthday to your gorgeous mom! I too, think that Toby looks just like you in that photo of you and your mom in Alabama. Your mom sounds truly wonderful! xxoo

Majo said...

It is a very sweet post. Your Mumy is beatiful☺

Shagun said...

What a beautiful post, beautiful pictures, and beautiful mommy! Happy 6-0 to her!

wildchild said...

wow, what a gorgeous woman, inside and out. she sounds like the perfect mother and perfect best friend. and what a life, living in all of those places, raising babies and now loving a grandson. happy birthday to her :)

Glenda said...

Happy 60th!!! Wow! Your mama looks amazing! Love all the pictures!

Beautiful post for a beautiful mama!

Welcome to the Laundromat said...

Happy Birthday to your mom! I love posts and pictures about family...so beautiful!! Even though I don't know you ... I can see a lot of your mom in you. Thanks for sharing!!

sabine said...

Such a sweet post!!

Reminded me of my mom ,I really miss her (moved countries for school.

Anonymous said...

Happiest Birthday Cup of Jo Mommy!

Ana said...

This post is truly wonderful. Happy Birthday to your mother!!!

Kimia Kline said...

what a gorgeous lady. :) i wonder, does she speak with a brittish accent?? (my favorite!)

Shoppe Girls said...

Lovely photos. Don't you just love those captured moments in time. Happy Birthday to your beautiful mother. x

Anna Alter said...

What a sweet post! I hope my daughter says such lovely things about me one day.

Ooh La La Li said...

Happy Birthday to your mom and to my mom, she's also 60 today!

asiajane said...

How exciting! Happy birthday to your mom. My dad is turning 60 this year, too :)

sumslay said...

Happy birthday to your sweet mama! She sounds like a great mother, and I'm so glad she got 3 great kids!

I've always thought you look a LOT like your mom, and isn't that good news - She was gorgeous then, and she's still gorgeous! Can't wait to see what the party is like!

Stephanie said...

She is gorgeous! I feel the same way about my mama! Very lucky we are.

Arielle said...

happy birthday to your mom! she looks wonderful. the photo that your dad took of her in london is so sweet, i absolutely adore it.

Amelia said...

joanna, this made me a bit tearful! what a beautiful lady and what lovely memories-I especially like the photo of her by the mirror. mommys-/mummies where i am!- are wonderful. xxx

Mabel and Zora said...

Very sweet. Great photos!

Petie said...

What a beautiful post about your Mother. She does not look 60, Wow. I hope some day when I am 60, my kids will say these nice things about me. She is lucky to have you for a daughter.

Kata said...

Happy birthday to your momma! Today is my birthday too! My goat had a baby this morning, and I named it Gary Coleman because today is also his birthday. Wonderful day!

Sunshine said...

Happy Birthday Mom..

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HAS said...

Your mother is beautiful, and obviously an incredible soul! Twins in Paris, and she looked so chic! Happy Birthday to your mom!
xo

Lena said...

Your mom is so beautiful and I can't believe how much does Toby look like your brother! Such a sweet post, happy birthday to her!

Mo said...

Aww, your mom is so beautiful. It's great when you can call your mother a friend. Happy Birthday to her!

Anonymous said...

This is such a sweet post. Loved the photos. Happy birthday to your mom!

mary @ figwittage said...

What a yummy mummy! Your mum is gorgeous! & I especially lOVE that photo of your mum that your dad took! Wow. Happy Birthday to her! Hope it was lovely! xx

Molly said...

Wow, you looked SO much like Toby as a baby! Your family seems so cool and beautiful! :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

she does NOT look 60.

i loved reading all the things you love about her. made me happy!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

and - oh my word - your brother DOES look like toby.

postcardsfromthebay said...

I'm sorry but that is a 30 year old woman!! What a hot mumma :) She looks lovely.

Jennifer said...

What a sweet tribute to a wonderful-sounding woman. A very Happy Birthday to Mama Goddard! And many happy returns!

Carissa said...

your mom is just stunning... then and now! she doesn't even look 60! she should post one day to share her anti-aging secrets! :) happy birthday to a beautiful and obviously very well loved mama!

Diana said...

Your mom is gorgeous. Joanna, you should do a post or even week of posts on her skincare secrets.

Anonymous said...

first of all, you're mom looks ridiculously good for 60! second, it's funny that my parents are a lot older than your mom but i'm a bit younger than you [they had me soooo late in life!] and thirdly, most importantly, happy birthday to your mom!!!!

The Offended Blogger said...

Wow! You obviously have the best mom in the world. She radiates gorgeousness inside and out. Happy birthday to her! :)

Mary said...

wow! it's lovely to hear of such a wonderful mama. Your mother radiates beauty from within and she's obviously beautiful on the outside too. hope she has a wonderful day. your relationship with your mother is so inspiring. i hope i'll have a close relationship with the children i hope to have one day. so special.

Basic French said...

So true, to hear a daughter rave about her mother like that makes me feel so happy. I am so close to my daughters and I think that's the way it's supposed to be.

You mother looks 40 and she is truly beautiful and natural and so lucky to have a daughter like you!

Megan said...

I can't believe that your mother is turning 60!! She is gorgeous and a true natural beauty. I love the photo that your dad took of her with the mirror and her looking out the window. What wonderful memories you must have. It looks like you had a very happy and loving childhood. Happy Birthday to your beautiful mother!

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I dress myself said...

Seriously... she looks far too young to be 60 and to be a grandmother. WOW! Happy Birthday, Cup of Jo's mom!

Steph said...

You're mother is gorgeous! I can see where you get your great sense of style too :)

Posh Pearl said...

Your mom looks fabulous at 60!! She doesn't look 60 at all! What is her secret!?! She's just so beautiful!

xx

Shelby Clark said...

Wow! She looks amazing! I hope I look that good when I am 60! What a hot mama!

Barbara Dunkin said...

Your mom is beautiful!! Just wondering where your mom went to Catholic school. I have a picture of my mom in the exact same uniform and also from Olan Mills. She is also 60. Wouldn't it be weird if our moms went to the same school. Definitely a small world.

Anonymous said...

How beautiful. Some of those photos could have been taken today. It is a good reminder to cherish the special moments while raising out little ones. Thank you for sharing! You are so blessed to have such a young mama!

Anonymous said...

Tu mamá es pura inspiración.¡Es hermosa! Felicidades!

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New York apartments said...

Wow.
She looks awesome.
and the pictures are very nice.

U'uL said...

Wowww...your mother looks really beautiful, can't believe that she's 60 years old.

Hope i can be like that in that age.

Erika said...

your mom looks thirty and gorgeous!

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