Today I am in Nicaragua; I just arrived yesterday.  I am here to help my mother celebrate her 80th birthday.  This is my present to her.  Usually she has to travel back to the states to visit her children and grand children.  This time, my two sisters and I are making the trip to her.

I am very grateful that I have a mother who is still healthy, very mobile and acts like she is fifty rather than eighty.

I am grateful that I have the time to travel, so that I can make this trip.

Happy birthday mom!  I love you!