The great thing about having your own website/blog is that you can write whatever you want! haha

Though I often make more general posts, today I feel like being specific.

My mother is love and light bottled up. She’s beautiful, brilliant, compassionate, caring, and beyond supportive!

This morning, we laughed about one of my first sage moments…when I was around eight years old, my mom asked me, “What is the meaning of life?” But before I get to the answer, think of the kind of mother you would have to be to ask your young child that question! What a beautiful gift to have a mother who would even have me think in that direction as a child.

My answer back then was, “To give life meaning.”

The meaning of life is to give life meaning.

It was then that she began calling me her “little sage.”

Even to this day, I’m not sure that I could come up with a better answer! haha

My mother has always, always, always encouraged me and my sisters to find our own happiness. She has encouraged us to give to others (and she lived the quote we heard often from our parents — “it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice”) and be independent. She showed us how to find our own light.

My mother prays with us before every trip (cue my dad’s ‘cult’ jokes haha!) and she prayed with us every night as children. Her faith in God is shown in how she lives her life. She is so giving and caring.  And even though we went to church every Sunday…and Sunday school afterwards…my Catholic mother was somehow also very supportive of me studying other religions, starting with Buddhism around age ten. Wow. She is the first to reference my blog posts in conversation (thanks Mom!) and always shares brilliant quotes and stories that I might want to reference.

Many times, my mom is more excited about my trips than I am! haha She IS joy..and she continues to teach me how to appreciate every blessing and enjoy every moment. When my mother laughs, I know God is smiling.

Basically what I’m saying is that I hit the jackpot of mothers! She’s a beautiful example of all I could hope to be, and she’s given my life tremendous meaning. I’m so thankful for you, Mom. And I love you more than I could ever express!

Love always,

your little
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