Over the summer, my daughter Jaelyn, my mom, and I went to the Omaha Community Playhouse production of Beauty and the Beast.
Her birthday is today, and my stepdad Steve's birthday was in August. For a combined birthday present, I'm treating them to concert tickets to Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant in November.
We've stopped buying each other stuff in exchange for the gift of experiences and time together. And nothing meant more to me than when I had kidney stones, and my mom spent the entire time by my side. No joke. When I was transported from Blair Community Hospital to UNMC, she followed the ambulance. She slept on a chair in my room for two days, and she stayed with me an additional day after I was released.
I was 42 at the time.
She's just always been there for me as only a mom can be.
And today (September 12) is her birthday. Even though we aren't together physically today, I hope she understands how much she means to me. I think I do a decent job of showing it, but I know I can do better. The best way to honor her on her special day is to continue to work hard to be a great mom to my own kids even though they are adults. I want them to know I will always be there for them. Always cheering them on, supporting and encouraging them, being there through their tough times, and rejoicing in their victories, and expressing my love to them as she has always done for me.
Because that's what moms do.
Well, my mom does anyway. :)
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.