Today is my mother’s birthday! As a child, she was both my mother and my father, making endless sacrifices to ensure that I had a happy childhood in spite of circumstances that may have possibly affected my ability to be joyful. She has been an incredible source of strength and inspiration as I grew from a 12 year old whose parents had just divorced in to the woman and mother I am today. She is an amazing grandmother to my two boys and is supportive of me and my choices. Happy birthday Mom!