She read me stories, made me giggle and baked my birthday cakes.
She helped me grow my gift of writing, encouraged my creativity and urged me to color outside the lines.
She fought for me when friends tossed me aside, teachers wrote me off and the world was not kind.
She kissed my boo-boos when I fell down...and later, when boys broke my heart.
She made homemade meals, sewed Halloween costumes and created holidays that were simply magical.
She drove me to playdates, rehearsals, practices, appointments and sat through countless band and choir concerts, school plays and sports games, always with a smile and encouraging word.
She did all this while creating a business, working full time and traveling the globe.
She helped create my dream wedding...
Was one of the first to welcome Katherine into this world...
And later, Emily....
Where she is, will always be home to me.
Today, we celebrate her 70th birthday with the four original Butlers.
A day away from reality where we can just appreciate this woman who has made our lives so beautiful and blessed in countless ways.
Mom, I wish you incredible journeys, picture-perfect moments and the love of your family through it all. Thank you for leading me, for loving me and making me into the mom I am today. My daughters are lucky, because I was so lucky. You were nothing short of heaven sent and I am grateful for every day we have together. May you always be healthy, may you always be happy and may you always feel my love. Happy Birthday! I love you! ❤️