HAPPY BIRTHDAY! From The fruits of you Labors

We are all thinking of you on this your day.  Given the constraint of you being on the other side of the world, we collectively and individually worked to bring together those thoughts, feelings, images, and expressions of love, faith, and testimony that you have so dilligently and lovingly cultivated in each of us.  As you can see here some of the fruits of your labors and truly the harvest is great. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Happy BIrthday Mom

First off, Mom I wish you the Happiest of Birthday's!! We sure are thinking of you on your special day and sending you the biggest hugs and kisses your way.
In thinking about what gift I could give you and to truly let you know how much I love you. It would be to thank you for the foundation of the gospel that you instilled in my life. This precious knowledge is dearer to me then words can describe.
I can remember the long talks that we would have together, and I am sorry to admit I wasn't always the best listener. However, now that I am in your shoes and a Mother myself I understand why you tried to relate the experiences I was having in my life to the gospel. Why you would make me write out scriptures when I fought with my brothers and sisters. Why you supported me in all of my church activities. Why you made sure that we read the scriptures and had prayers together as a family every night. Why you encouraged me to set my standards high, and never settle for anything less then a temple marriage. Mom you did all this and more because you knew where true joy and peace in this life where to be found.
I also need to thank you for the example that you set for me. I can not even count the times that I found you on your knees praying to our Heavenly Father or reading and marking your scriptures. Both you and Dad made it a priority to go to the temple every month, and I have to admit, one of my favorite memories is when we lived in Pennsylvania and we would wait up until you and Dad got home so we could eat our temple cookies. Your life has been one of service dedicated to the Lord and your Family.
Mom, all that I am, and most of what I will be is because if you. Thank you for being my mother for placing me on the path, for holding my hand and showing me the way that leads to eternal life.

I love you more than words can express.
Happy Birthday Mother Dearest.
Your devoted Daughter,

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