I'd like to dedicate my Mother's Day 2015 to the incredible people who call me Mom. Without them, this day would have little meaning.
Andrew - With your gift for music, for languages, and your thirst for adventure you are truly my "Renaissance Man."For the boy who always wanted to be on the go you've chosen a perfect vocation. You're my only child who went to 4 different high schools in 4 years - now, that's an adventure. Realizing pretty quickly that you were made for action and excitement, for travel and new cultures, you are serving your country and have endured some rigorous training in the process - being strapped down and submerged in an aircraft , Wow! I have no idea what skies you'll be flying but please call once in a while. In case you decide to slow down at some point, you can always call this home. I love you.
Olivia - Your complexity makes you the most difficult child to describe. You are a combination of drive, determination, zeal, compassion, and thoughtfulness, you acknowledge that through all the hardships you're encountering are from the hand of your loving God. You have lived with chronic pain for 18 months and are now facing back surgery. Your journey through college may be as unconventional as your sister's was, but I believe that you will get through school and physical therapy and will become a more beautiful person through it. Although this past year you have had to say good-bye to your brother, your sister, and your dad and the house feels so empty sometimes, you don't lose hope. I love and admire you, girl.
Patrick - What mother could not love a son who is so much like herself (maybe I shouldn't say that.) You're a diverse young man who is an incredible blend of artistry and analysis. You make a plan and stick to it. You love being around your diverse group of friends but you like your alone time, especially after everybody else goes to bed and the house is quiet. You have an amazing sense of order and style, of right and wrong and responsibility, and a great sense of humor. I pray that God will allow you to pursue your dream of dentistry and that you don't decide to go to Marquette for dental school...haha. I'd miss you too darn much!
Dominic - Mr. Personality!! If you had your way I think you'd go into the theater or some sort of performing arts but you know that's not the best use of your gifts. You are a caring, compassionate, and kind young man with a powerhouse personality who will stand up to injustice. Whether you choose broadcasting or some sort of community involvement, you'll definitely make things "happen." And if the way you treat me is any indication of the way you will treat your wife, she will be a very fortunate woman indeed. I can't wait to see where the Lord guides you.
God has given me five fun, dynamic, smart, and funny people to call my children and if I weren't your mother I'd be pleased to call you friends. I love you all and don't forget to call me or bring me Yankee Candles on Mothers Day!