me and my mama circa 1977
Today for me is both a day of reflection & celebration. I reflect upon the great loss our country suffered 11 years ago, but I also have great reason to celebrate. Today is my beautiful mother's birthday. She is the absolute heart & soul of our family. As a single mother, she managed to work full time, raise three small children, & put herself through college at the University of Utah. I am grateful for the countless hours she dedicated to helping me with homework, nursing me back to health when I was sick, listening to hours of arguing in the car during long summer road trips, attending numerous dance & piano recitals, teaching me how to whistle & snap my fingers, but most of all I am grateful for her example to me and my little family of courage, faith, strength, service, & integrity. Mom, our lives are blessed because of you. Happy birthday, we love you!
my mom & me at the airport as I left for my mission to British Columbia, Canada.