Happy Birthday, Mom!

In my home, today is not just about wearing green and celebrating with chocolate- wrapped in gold foil. Although chocolate does taste mighty good when it is wrapped in gold. In my home, March 17th marks the birthday of a most spectacular lady, my mom.

My mom and I are wonderfully alike in many ways and tremendously different in others. She is boho-hippie, I am classic-preppy. She likes Cher, I like Vivaldi. But aside from those little differences, there is so much I am proud to resemble.  My mom is a free spirit. She has passion for life and adventure. I’ve heard many a story from before my time, and I know it must be true because her adventurous heart has not yet settled.

My mom cares deeply. I love when we watch a movie together and my eyes are welling up with tears, I can look over at her and catch her wiping tears from her face.

My mom is generous beyond measure. She is quick to give at any moment that she see’s a need.

My mom is determined. This is one those traits she most assuredly passed on. While this has been sure to cause a quarrel or two, it is one of things I admire most about her. No matter what the challenge is, my mom always keeps pushing on. We’ve trained for our share of runs together (from a 5k to a marathon) and when the going gets tough, she just starts singing “just keep swimming, just keep swimming” -a phrase we all know from Finding Nemo. But my mom does just that. She just keeps going. She never quits.

My mom is FOREVER YOUNG. I can’t tell you her age, but I can tell you that we have, on numerous occasions, been mistaken for sisters. And I hope to God that this doesn’t mean I look a couple decades older than I am.

My mom is a million more things, but most of all she is my biggest fan, my number one cheerleader, and my dearest friend. I love my mom dearly and I am so very thankful to celebrate her birthday today!

Happy birthday, mom! Cheers to a lifetime of adventures! Love you to pieces!

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