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The 3 Most Important Moms inMy Life Celebrating My Wife, My Mom, and My Mother-in-Law This Mother’s Day
W ith Mother’s Day right around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to recognize the three most important moms in my life: my mother, Chris, my mother-in-law, Vicki, and Keri, my wife and the mother of my children. Let me tell you, without their constant presence, I’m sure I wouldn’t have even an ounce of the success and happiness I’ve found over the years. So much of what I’ve built and achieved would be impossible without each of them by my side. First, of course, there’s Keri. Since the beginning, she’s been the even- keeled ship consistently steering our family in the right direction. As a teacher of Earth Science and Oceanography at Eagle High, she’s equipped with boundless patience and wisdom for our kids, whether she’s helping them with homework or giving them advice when their teenage lives get inevitably complicated. And she does it all with poise and kindness, eager to offer her encouragement and support at every turn. I can’t imagine my life without her. Then there’s my mother, a Boise native whom I still feel comfortable talking to about absolutely anything. When my brother and I were growing up, she created a remarkably open household environment. Her parents had been very, very strict, so she did what she could to prevent herself from driving us to sneak around and get into trouble. We were each trusted to do our own thing, make our own mistakes, and go to her with any problem we might have. As a kid, I may have taken advantage of that long leash every once in a while, but I’m so appreciative of the mutual trust she built between us — not to mention her easygoing, good-natured personality and sense of humor. She’s the kind of mom anybody would be lucky to have in their corner, cheering them on no matter what. Of course, I’d be remiss (And I’d be in some hot water!) if I didn’t mention my mother-in-law, Vicki, as well! Keri and I have been together since I was 17, so Vicki was in my life before I was even an adult. I’m lucky to be one of the few who can not only stand their in-
laws, but who actively enjoy their company — something I don’t take for granted. She’s such a ball of energy and an expert conversationalist who turns pretty much everything into a good time. Over the years, she’s become vitally important to me. Mother’s Day Weekend. Keri has managed to stretch the holiday out to last over several days. But hey, to say she’s earned a weekend all to herself would be an understatement, so I’m not going to argue. My kids and I try to be as helpful as we can When Mother’s Day comes around, it’s really more like
around the house, catering to whatever she needs and being extra nice about all of it. Then on Sunday morning, we usually do the classic fancy breakfast with Keri and the kids and then head off to my mother-in-law’s. We bring along a bunch of flower pots and plants and help set them all up. Then we close out by doing the same thing at my mom’s place, dragging out these huge, heavy flower pots to the porch and making sure everything’s planted. All in all, it’s a busy day, but it’s always a great time. I’ll take any opportunity to thank these incredible women for everything they’ve done for me. Here’s hoping that you get a chance this Mother’s Day to thank the moms in your life and honor them for their outsized contribution to the person you’ve become. Trust me; they deserve it!
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