Today we celebrated mom's **th birthday!! ;) We started out the morning perfectly, a nice scenic drive and fresh apple cider donuts--fabulous! At the same shop that we got the donuts, mom also bought a fabric basket and a jug of pure maple syrup.
Later we had a late picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Champlain, and the whole beach was quiet, peaceful and empty. Mom picked a grilled chicken caesar salad (yummy), ciabatta bread, chocolate milk (good brand, tasted heavenly) and tiramisu cheeseball with Nilla Wafers. We also had a small cake of maple sugar candy, which was a delicious, literally melt-in-your-mouth delicacy. It was a great picnic and just what mom wanted. Picnics are one of her favorite things, so why would we do anything else?
This evening dad took mom out to a nice dinner in downtown Burlington. I highy reccomend dinner dates to celebrate birthdays--they're wonderful (I've been on several myself, with dad of course!).
Mom has been a wonderful example of a godly woman to me. I admire her in so many ways: her love for the Lord and her loyalty to prayer, the way she serves and loves her husband and daughters and so many other things. I wish I could be more like her. We've had our bumps and struggles as everyone does, but I can honestly say that my mom is my best friend. We've laughed, cried, prayed, and lived life together. She's the best mom in the world, and I won't admit to being biased!