Today is my mom's birthday. She has to work. Its NOT fun to work on your birthday. But she will be working hard as a nurse all day. My mom is pretty special to me. We talk on the phone atleast once a day and occasionally more than once on the weekends or her day off. We go shopping together and sometimes get groceries together. And the last 5 years or so we have made a special point to go Christmas Shopping together w/out kids. She is pretty special to me and my family. Garrett, Maddison, & Owen LOVE her because she lets them cook w/her. (did I mention she has patience???) Mom is so willing to babysit too whenever and wherever. She has sewed her fare share of Halloween costurmes for her kids and grandkids. She has given up a lot to give us kids what we needed. I thank God for her everyday when I call her to ask about the kids snotty noses and fevers. Or how to not strangle one of the kids after a day gone bad. Or just to talk about nothing.
When dad and her got married they moved away from her family (in South Dakota) and moved closer to dad's family. I know it was hard, especially after having kids. She was more than just a 30 minute drive away from her mom. Yes, she could phone, but its not the same.