Happy 70th Birthday Mom!!!

by Janice

She rocks.

Joan - 1979

I know there are a tons of amazing moms out there — but I think our mom definitely is in the running for the best!

Yesterday, our incredible mother turned 70!!!

Our mother is our hero

Summer of '74 - Janice clinging to Mommy

The twins with our favorite person in the whole world -- our MOM! (1980)

… and even our business partner!

When my mother was 57, our father died of a brain aneurysm.

Suddenly retired, my mom sold her house and moved to the suburbs to be near us. But she wasn’t content sitting still. She wanted to help Susan and me with our dream of working at home so we could be with our children.

Helping with baby Jackson, so Janice could have a nap - 2002

So, at 63 years old, Joan decided the three of us should start ecommerce stores. And the reason they became successful, is because of HER!

She still works tirelessly managing our stores and helping Santa deliver rocking horses and pedal cars to children all over the US.

My mother excels at everything she does — she was a professional figure skater, she won the Gold Medal at the University of British Columbia in Pharmacy and she was even the homecoming queen!

UBC Graduate - Gold Medal and Homecoming Queen, Pharmacy

I can’t imagine that there is a human alive that works harder than she does. Growing up, I rarely ever saw her sit down. She is a machine, working to provide for her family and sacrificing everything for her children.

Susan and I are beyond grateful for the incredible mother we have. I can’t even begin to imagine where I would be without her.

Mom and our puppy Sasha, 1986

To think that she was once a little baby is unfathomable. She has had a lifetime of sacrificing for everyone else — and she is still living for others even now at 70.

Two Year Old Joan with her Baby Sister, Muriel - 1942

Happy Birthday Mom — I have said it all my life, you really ARE the best mom in the world!

Here is a gift for you:

THANKS for it all Mom!!! You truly are our hero!

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder, Janice Croze.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa December 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Happy Birthday Mom!

She sounds AMAZING!


2 Janice December 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

She really is! THANKS! :)


3 mamikaze December 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Your mom has to be wonderful to have raised such a power duo of daughters.
Happy birthday!


4 Janice December 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

LOL – we are NOTHING compared to her. Combined, we still can’t keep up with her! LOL


5 monica December 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

awwwwww! so lovely!

Happy Birthday, Joan!!!!!! :)


6 Janice December 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Thanks Monica!!! :)


7 Susie's Homemade December 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

What a beautiful tribute to your mom! I hope she had a GREAT day:-)


8 Janice December 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Thanks! :) She did – we sent her to the spa for a massage and mani-pedi. :)


9 Nichol December 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Happy birthday to her….what great photos and amazing video for her. Hope her day is wonderful!


10 Janice December 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Thanks! Yes she had a great day. :)


11 Amber Strocel December 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Aw, sniff! This is a really beautiful and moving tribute to your mom. :)


12 Mimi December 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm

This sweet tribute made me cry. My kids won’t be able to say all of that about me, but I hope one day they’ll be able to see how much I loved them.


13 Janice December 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Awwww. My kids won’t be able to say that about me either ! lol I am counting on them appreciating how much I love them!!! :)


14 Lorie Shewbridge December 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm

What a beautiful post for a woman who is beautiful inside and out.
I agree with you that she is definitely in the running for the best mom.
Happy birthday to her!! Give her a hug for me, please, I wish I had the relationship with my mom that you two have with yours.


15 Janice December 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Thanks Lorie!!! Yes we are very blessed to have her. I am sorry that you don’t have the relationship w ur mom that u would like. Family relationships are SO complicated!! HUGS


16 Carrie with Children December 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm

She sounds like an amazing woman! Happy Birthday Mom!!


17 Stephanie December 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm

What a beautiful tribute to your mom, business partner, and friend! I especially like the picture from 1980 – was your hair blonde as a little girl?


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