Last but not least, here are five things I have learned from my mom, that I hope to pass on to my own children ::
1. Encouragement and positivity. My mom is one of the most optimistic people I know. It never fails to amaze me how she sees the "glass half full," even when life has thrown curve balls her way. She radiates life, light and joy to all those around her, and being around her challenges me to do the same.
2. The art of celebration. One of my favorite things about my mom is her love of celebrating life and all occasions, both big or small. She has the incredible ability of making even the smallest moments special and memorable. I grew up loving the holiday and birthday traditions my mom created for our family, and cherish them even more now that I am a mom myself. There is nothing sweeter than traditions and celebrations as a child, and I am so thankful my mom has established so many for both me and my children.
3. Gratitude. My mom is quick to be thankful, which is a rare trait these days! Whenever I am down, she is quick to point out all we have to be grateful for, and encourages me count my blessings.
4. Faith. My mom's great faith has kept her standing through some incredibly trying times. I love that she puts her faith first, and relies on it to give her supernatural strength. She has created a legacy of faith that will passed down to future generations.
5. Generousity and compassion. In a world where most simply look out for themselves and their own well-being, my mom is constantly looking for how she can bless others. She is one of the most generous people I know, and gives freely of her time and resources to both her family and to those around her. I am always touched by her ability to love and befriend people who are different than her, and how she shows grace and compassion to the world around her.