Cheers to the woman who taught her children what it means to be kind, adventurous, brave, creative, and fun. Never settling for being just a stay-at-home mom, she was PTA President, Area Coordinator for a theater program, my high school show choir's Parent Booster President and travel planner, chauffeur to every extracurricular for three kids (dance, voice, Taekwondo, sports, Boy Scouts, theater, etc.), and so much more. Now she volunteers with American Red Cross, plans group international trips, and writes a travel blog. She taught me that when others say mean things, kill 'em with kindness, even though they hurt your feelings. (Coincidentally, the few moms who were rude to her had teens who were mean to me. Ha!) She embraces others in all their differences which makes her the perfect kind of open-hearted traveler of the world. Her creativity was all over our home growing up, though the craftiness was mostly only passed on to one daughter. (Not me.) She is a daily survivor of Lupus, but she has NEVER let it hold her back from being an incredible woman and mother, even on the days I can only imagine she wanted to lay down and cry. She was a mother figure to many more kids than her own biological children. This is barely a tip off the iceberg. All this to say, cheers to this magnificent human being I get to call "Mom." 💕 Happy Mother's Day, Mom!