Happy birthday, Mom!
Thank you for the amazing example you have been to me--as a mother, a wife, a friend and a woman. I see bits of reflected in my everyday life, even though we live miles apart. You are in my parenting, my crafting, my knitting, my reading, my friendships, my hospitality, my celebrations, my cooking...the list goes on and on. As I look at my life there doesn't seem to be an area that doesn't reflect a bit of "you."
Thank you for every cross-country meet you came to, every 4-H meeting you attended and every homesick call you endured that first year in college. Thank you for loving me and accepting me and embracing me as the person God uniquely created--even when I am quirky and you "just don't get it." Thank you for always instructing, encouraging and loving me right where I am.
Thank you for the love and joy you bring to my children--the laughter and fun that comes with each visit from Memaw. Now, as a mother myself, I see myself reflected in my children. And in doing so, I am beginning to understand the challenges you faced parenting a certain stubborn toe-head. Ahem. Sorry about that. But thank you for mothering me in a way that molded that stubbornness into determination and endurance.
It seems just the tip of the iceberg thank you for these things. I could write a book on all you've given to me. So, thank you and enjoy your special day. We can eat cake when you come out at Easter! Love you.
P.S. This is your "official" birthday card, as I did not get the real one in the mail in time!
(This is our family last year at Mom's 60th surprise party. Doesn't she look amazing and beautiful and YOUNG for her age?!)