I'm sure that most of you know that my mom died when I was a Sophomore in high school. She had just celebrated her 50th birthday. God knew that I needed lots of help and he has blessed me with a wonderful mother-in-law. She has been my mentor and teacher for 26+ years now. She has taught me how to be a good hostess. She has taught me how to cook. I couldn't bake a thing (except maybe a cake mix!) when I married Mark. She has loved my children . . . and not just loved them, but tried to make up for the fact that she is their only grandparent. Here she is with Laura on Mother's day. And here she is opening her cards and gifts from us. She is a special mother indeed!!