I’m especially glad to have my mom present for her birthday today. We came close to losing her twice in the last year–scary, painful experiences, but quite clarifying. It can be difficult to know what someone means to you without experiences like that. The best way I can think to say what I learned in the last year about my mom is that she is the heart and soul of my family and that when she does eventually die, the world she’ll leave us with will be more sad and empty, less rich and inspiring than the world we get to enjoy today.

So today I’m celebrating my mom and her 66 years.


Mom, after Christmas 2014, with Christina & Julian


Mom, after Thanksgiving 2014, also with Christina & Julian


Mom in 1951, with her brother Don.