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Happy Birthday Mama

Happy Birthday Mama

It’s my mama’s birthday today. We went out last night to do birthday dinner… except we didn’t get cake because I’ve been on a baking binge lately, yesterday was no different, so baked goods are abundant at the moment. But I digress… it’s my mama’s birthday. Last year her birthday fell on Mother’s Day, so it was kind of a cool, double celebration, double the awesomeness kind of day. Let me tell you a little something about my mom. I’ve been blessed with a mother who has supported everything I’ve ever wanted to do, a mother who raised me on her own and worked so hard to provide for us, a mother who, while owning a business, had to also handle her only child being sick and everything that came along with that.

It hasn’t been easy for her I’m sure, but she’s done everything with a smile and a spirit that radiates. She always encourages my ventures, my ideas, my moments…. she wants me to do whatever it is that not only makes me happy, but more importantly, keeps me healthy. She knows from experience that Lupus is a tough biatch of a disease. Stress is a major trigger, and although I’m in remission now, there’s still part of me that treads lightly because the slightest thing has potential to disrupt my health.

I’m incredibly thankful for her willingness to allow me to do what I feel is necessary to stay healthy. That’s a #1 fan right there! Over the years, she’s gone from mother to friend (although always mother as I still get scolded at my age), but it’s so cool that our relationship has evolved into this friendship. We had a great time traveling together this year. It’s been a while since we’ve gone on a big trip… 10 years to be exact. When my mom is in Italy, she comes alive and is this completely carefree person. I have the same soul connection to Italy that she does, and I think a lot of people have that place where they truly feel “home” or where they belong. We had so much fun and have beautiful memories of this trip, and are planning the next mother-daughter vacation, and I can’t wait for that. So happy birthday mommy…you truly are the best gift to me. xoxo