Today is my mom's 87th birthday. We celebrated by going to Rusty's for dinner. Those of us that were able to go were Randy, Collette, Barbara, Rick, myself, mom, Shay, Whitney, DaNeil, Steven, Stevie, Lindsay and Nate, Danny had other commitments and couldn't go. We had a great time and it reminded me once again of what a great family I've been blessed with.
Mom was born in Preston, Idaho on November 18, 1921, the oldest child of Hershel and Ethel Neeley. The family moved to Cedar during her teen age years. She met our dad, Max Cowan while going to school here in Cedar. They married after he came home from serving in the Navy in the Philippines. They were blessed (I think we were blessings) with 4 children; Terry Gordon (deceased), Randy Ray, Danny Neil, and me, Wendy Kae. If my count is right there are 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, hope I didn't miss any. Daddy is smiling down on all of us today and also being very thankful for a wonderful family.
Here is a picture that was taken at Cedar Breaks, Labor Day 2006, grandma and Rick.
Mom is an amazing mother, grandma, sweetheart grandma and friend. Lindsay's oldest, Treyson, started referring to her as sweetheart grandma when he was just little, and it stuck. She is a sweetheart with a heart of gold and loves her family unconditionally. She's a feisty little lady who is still very independent, lives alone, but loves the family to overtake her home on Sunday's.
We have been going to moms on Sunday evenings for dinner as long as I can remember. We started with Sunday dinners when dad was still with us and it's evolved over the years, adding new family members then the little ones. Now those little ones are bringing little ones of their own. Mom, Collette, Barbara and I take turns bringing the food, rotating each week what we bring. We are also blessed to have Lindsay, DaNeil and Whitney living here and they are great to help us too. We love going to grandmas on Sunday and I worry about the day this will end, but for now, we party on, celebrating another great year with our mom.
Here is a picture from Christmas Eve 2005. Tanner, Grandma Cowan and Justin, the reining royalty of the evening.
My prayer for mom, on this her special day, is another year of happiness, fun filled days and good health. We love you mom and are so blessed to have you in our lives.