I just wanted to start a mother's day thread where we could each say a little about our own moms.
However, one caveat, let's also acknowledge here that not all families are the same, feel free to share a story about whomever nurtured you and you celebrate as your female parent.
My mom grew up on a dairy farm in Iowa, she was #4 of five girls. After high school she went to community college to become a medical assistant, married my dad, moved to be with him while he went to law school, and worked until my brother was born. She stayed home with us and also helped out my dad at his law office. We went through two majors moves before my dad became a judge in Indiana where they are now. She has a pretty impressive list of medical challenges that she faces daily. She has MS, type II diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, kidney problems, and a blood clotting disorder. Most recently she is recovering from major back surgery to repair a disc and entrapped nerves. She always keeps a positive attitude and does not complain about the pain or discomfort she copes with. She is a fantastic cook and one of the sweetest, most social people I know. She has limitless curiosity and compassion for everyone she meets. I was not an easy kid to raise and she still loves and supports me despite the problems I caused as a teenager. She's going to be a great grandma!