This beautiful lady is my grandmother-in-law, Peggy Koller, and we had an early party celebrating her 95th birthday which will come this week on Tuesday the 28th. It has been, and continues to be one of my life's great blessings to have known her and have her in my life for the last 13 years. While the headline screamer on her bio is tough to outdo (let alone fathom)...11 kids...56 grand children...75 (and counting) great-grand children...it is the quieter embedded facets of this extraordinary woman that I am so grateful to bear witness to. I arrived at a time when her dear husband Bill was loosing his battle to dementia. Bill would never know me enough to greet me by name, though for years we would share pleasantries, frequent Sunday dinners, holidays, and enough time for two of my kids to be born and meet this patriarch. During those years, I'd watch in silent awe of this woman who was always at his side, almost always holding his hand as his anchor of comfort and familiarity in a rising sea of strangers and increasingly alien surroundings. Anyone familiar with the progression of this disease knows the deluge of cruel(er) indignant insults it assaults its sufferers and by proximity and cognizance, often more so, to those partners shepherding by love to care. I never saw Peggy complain, question, waver or truthfully have "a bad day". What I saw was what love is. I watched, and would continue to bear witness through the years as other tragic hands would be dealt, at the courage and stoic strength that this woman marshaled (from the bedrock of her faith no doubt) to meet these jobian challenges. In every room she sits on any given day, there is no person stronger, no one with more valor than this quiet figure, dressed in the modest splendor that defines her decency and virtuous self respect. By the sheer numbers of her descendants but more so by the grace and righteousness with which she lives everyday of her life, this woman truly has built a ladder to the stars, climbing on every rung. Peggy, happy 95th...May your heart always be joyful and may your song always be sung. May you stay forever young.