I could list a myriad of things that epitomize my mom's greatness but the thing that stands out to me the most is her complete selflessness. She would do just about anything for anyone especially her family even if it meant sacrificing her needs/desires. She helped to take care of my super sick kids last summer, sacrificing her well deserved vacation. There have been countless times where she has driven 3+ hours to spend the weekend in Eugene just because I needed a reliable babysitter. She has come up to watch all my marathons and many other races, including driving Heather and me to Umatilla then following us around the race course to offer her support and encouragement. She has gone out of her way to be at the births of all 5 of my children (except Euan, instead she watched the other kids so Dan could be with me), which even included driving in the snow on Christmas day to be here when Emme was born. I know that if I needed anything, I could ask her and she would do her best to find a way to make it happen.
I could argue that she does all this for me because I'm her favorite, but that wouldn't be true. I probably call her and talk to her more than any of her other 6 kids, but I know for a fact that my mom absolutely does not have favorites... she has always been too fair for that. Simply stated, my mom is a terrific person. Although she has some flaws they are no where near the magnitude that I thought they were when I was in high school. I was a difficult person to get along with for many, many years, yet my mom allowed me to live and even continued to love and support me. So, even though you may not read this until after the weekend, or maybe even not at all, I wanted to tell you Happy Birthday, Mom. I think you're great. I love you. You deserve a special day, where for once, everyone is doing things for you.
|with Emme, spring 2004|
|with Leona July 2008|
|carrying Jonny, summer 2010|
|before the Monster Mash 5K, October 2010|
|keeping me warm before the Pear Blossom 10 miler, April 2011|
|running the Hippie Chick May 2012|
|with Euan, May 2012|