Yes, that's her, water skiing. Right now she is working at an incredibly difficult job. She gets up at a ridiculous hour every morning to exercise and is in way better shape than me. Its really quite unbelievable how amazing she is.
When I was growing up she was mostly working, but that took nothing away from what an amazing mom she was. Homemade cinnamon rolls every Sunday morning, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir blaring in the background. The most amazing Sunday dinners every week. Man, I wish I had the stamina to make that every week...I dream about it sometimes. Homemade Easter dresses every year that appeared out of thin air over night. And these are just a few of the big things. I've really become friends with my mom as I've gotten older and it just makes me admire her more. She quit her job a few years ago to move to Logan and take care of her ailing mother. That was such an inspiration to me. She always acted like it wasn't even a sacrifice and I think that is so amazing.
So, mom, on your birthday I just want you to know how much I love and admire you. I wish every day that I could be more like you. More patient, more kind, more giving, more orderly, more everything. You are all those things and so much more to me and I love you so much!