I can't be more thankful that I still get to celebrate my Mom every day and not just on Mother's Day. And this weekend we are going to celebrate because we missed a year, just like everybody else, because of Covid-19.

She carries a lot of names: Marilyn, Mom, Best Friend, Sister, Aunt, Grandma, and Nanny. One blog about my Mom is never going to be enough about this woman who is amazing. She's the one that when we're out and about in the town where I grew up, everyone comes up to her and hugs her and says, "Hi Marilyn".

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She makes everyone feel important. We always joke as a family if you're taking Mom to the store get ready to see somebody that knows her and get ready to stand there and talk for a while. She never judges and always smiles at you like you are the only person in the world.

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She's a musician and her specialty is playing the piano. She can hear a song on the radio and play it. She's tried to teach me the piano for years and years and I never was interested, but boy I wish I would have learned to play just like her.

All of her faith and strength have brought us to where we are today. This woman I call my Mom suffered a stroke, two car accidents that have left her paralyzed on her left side, and breast cancer. She has slowed down over the years, now 82, but she still amazes me every day. THIS year for Mother's Day we can visit her and I'm so excited because last year was so different.

I celebrate Mother's Day every day with her. I'm so fortunate I still have her with me in my life. Love comes from her... love for me and Abby in every way. She's my biggest fan in everything I do. I'm not able to see her every day because I'm two hours away but I talk to her every day, sometimes twice. She gets so excited when I call her. She calls me her sunshine when really she is the sunshine. To think, a phone call from me is all it takes for her to smile from ear to ear, I'm so fortunate.

She's the glue that holds our family together. The first one to get nervous or worried about us kids and the first person to say, "What can I do to help?"  Even though she can't move very well and her body is badly damaged, she finds a way to make things easier for us.

My Mom is one of those people you could only wish you'd have in your life. She's a brilliant light in this sometimes dark world, she's kind, she's the best in every way and she's my Mom.  A beautiful soul, thank you for being my Mom. Happy Mother's Day, I love you!

Enjoy this special day with your Mom.

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