Today is her birthday. I am so blessed to call her “Mom” and, now as an adult, “friend.” She has put up with a lot of my crap and has been extremely patient and loving. I am so thankful for the example she’s been to me. She has shown me what beauty and strength is and has been steadfast through everything that’s happened over the last year. It seems to me that when the chips are down, you can see the true measure of a person, by the way they handle things and those who show up to love and support. I have seen so many people give my mom love and support this year. It’s been a beautiful testament to the person she is and how much she means to those she knows. Happy birthday, Mom.