To My Parents On Their Birthdays

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I really wish there were more words to express how much I love you, and how lucky I feel to have gotten you as my mom. You are truly my best friend, and I don't know how I could get through without you. You make me feel confident and strong, you guide me and help me understand and navigate this life. From music to art, literature and writing, you have helped me develop talents and passions that I wouldn't have found on my own. You have taught me about the Gospel and gave me a firm foundation in my testimony.

Your example of kindness, service, dedication, intelligence, fashion, and love has inspired me and showed me the kind of person that I want to be. I can't wait for the years to come when you and I take my kids to the zoo or the aquarium, for Grandma tea parties, for late night chats and more vacations together.

You made our family a wonderful family, and gave us so many perfect memories. You made sure we had habits of scripture study and family home evening, which hold so many fun and testimony building memories. You made each holiday perfect, and still do. You made sure that our vacations were packed with fun and that we laughed.

You have supported me in every single activity I've ever wanted to do, you've been the volunteer mom extraordinaire, and made sure that I knew that you had my back.

I have so many wonderful memories of you, from learning about gardening, to reading in your bathroom in the summers, to picking out things for our new house, walking to school together, long chats when my junior high friends were mean, long drives to and from the Val Browning Center, seeing you in the audience so many times during performances, talking about books and art, the list goes on and on and on.

Thank you for all the time you spent being my mom, plus cooking, cleaning, driving, counseling, teaching, advising, researching, praying, gardening, growing, strengthening, helping, and more. I have lead a charmed life and it's all because of you.

There just really aren't enough ways to thank you for who you are, and who you have helped me become. Happy Birthday, I just can't wait for the rest of the years ahead and how much fun we will keep having. I love you so much and I'm so grateful for the years that you have spent teaching and guiding me, and others.



From teaching me about rock music to teaching me about IRAs, you have always had my back. You always knew the right things to say and the right ways to help me figure out my life. I feel so lucky to have grown up with a dad who was the greatest example about how a father, and a husband, should be. You have always provided and made our family feel safe. I have never worried about what would happen when you were around, I knew we would be provided for and that nothing bad would happen.

Thank you for building up my testimony and never being afraid to share yours. It helped mine grow more than you will know. Thank you for always serving faithfully in callings and being an example to me in that way too.

Dancing with you at my wedding was such a surreal moment, but it was also a dream come true. I feel so lucky to have a father who cares about my happiness and works so hard to make my husband feel like a part of our family.

Thank you for working hard, for cooking and cleaning, and just making sure that I saw and felt love in our home. You were such a perfect example of combining work and fun, and you made cleaning the garage or doing yard work a party.

I have always relied on you to help me and teach me, and getting older hasn't changed that. I really have loved our new relationship where I can call and ask about work problems or grown-up things. But it doesn't take away from the days when I asked you about my math homework and you patiently tried to help me, or when I asked to stay up late when I was really little.

Thank you for helping me travel to extraordinary places, go to college, and have a perfect wedding. I don't take anything you have given me for granted.

Happy birthday, and I can't wait to spend more birthdays with you and keep growing closer together. I love you so much dad!


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  1. Maddy, thank you for being such a wonderful person. I am profoundly grateful to have you in my life.


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