today is my mom’s birthday. I won’t say which one because she’s, well, private like that  ;)

happy happy happy birthday mom! I am grateful for your love, your support, your many many kindnesses over the years, for all of who you are. Thank you for all of the gifts you have given to me.

I’m including what I see as your mantra here:

Love makes the world go 'round. Family makes the ride worthwhile.


You’ve shared with me many times that the single most important thing to you is your family. You have proved this many times over in the past, and you live it every day. Sometimes, and long ago, it had sounded like a stern reminder to clean my room, much more frequently it is, “How can I help you?” I know for certain that your only intention has ever been to simply love Tonya, dad and me in every way that you know. You have succeeded beyond belief.


I cannot begin to fathom how different life would be without your love. From your first great love affair with dad, to your devotion to Tonya and I, her children and grandchildren, and my stepkiddos. What a legacy you have created, mom! I am honored that you are my mom. Thank you for your love. I love you!

pnut #2