Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion.
These are the things my mom taught me.
Happy Mother's Day tomorrow to all those in our family who are mothers and who deserve our utmost respect and gratitude!
There are two women in our family who will be celebrating the day as mothers for the very first time. Lyndsey Aquiningoc of Weatherford, Texas will be celebrating the day tomorrow with her son Karver who is just 8 months old. And Rachel Shepard of Bothell, Washington will be celebrating her first Mother's Day with her son Kellan, also 8 months old. In addition, best wishes to Nicole Shepard, also of Bothell, Washington. She will be celebrating Mother's Day with her and husband Patrick's two sons, Logan and Mason. Mason was just born in December of last year.
On the other end of the spectrum, Happy Mother's Day to my mom, Maida Shepard of Anacortes, Washington. She is the Great Grandmother of two of the babies mentioned in the previous paragraph, and the Great Great Grandmother of the other one. Tomorrow will be the 69th time she has celebrated Mother's Day!
May all the Mother's Day celebrations around our family -- wherever they may occur -- be filled with great joy! The following is an updated Mother's Day presentation, offered in celebration of all the mothers in our family.
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