Today is my mom's birthday and we had a family celebration for her on Sunday. She requested the meal of roasted chicken, salads and angel-food cake w/ strawberries and whipped cream for dessert. I am so thankful for my mom and for the life she gave me and for her nurturing, loving spirit. She has taught me so much in my 41 years: about faith, serving, loving, parenting, marriage, friendship. She's a joy in my life and I am glad that we could celebrate her life this week.