It is her birthday!
And because she has been such a good mom and such a sweet and helpful grandmother, she gets a post dedicated only to her!
Mom hardly misses a "special" occasion. And I don't just mean the over-the-top holiday things (Easter extravaganzas, major Valentine's gifts, shoot, even a Halloween treat for everyone), but also being there for the first day of dance, or to make sure swimming lessons are going well, or that everyone has a ride to therapy! She also swoops in to save the day with a "spend the night with Jin" night or a quick ride up to McDonald's just to get them out and give ol' Mel a little relief! I love how mom celebrates everything!
I know that Staci and I are independent women because of how our mom raised us. There is very little that we are actually afraid to try. She very much instilled in us a sense of fearlessness and courage.
Mom has NUMEROUS college degrees, and if I am not mistaken, was still edu-macating well into her 50's. She certainly taught us the value of education, working hard, and basically, reaping what you sow! I am very thankful for learning a good work ethic from my mom.
Mom also taught us compassion and generosity. She'd gladly give someone her last nickel if she thought it could make their life better.