I'm so sorry you lost your Mom. I'm sure she would love the fact that you celebrate her pride in your talents like you do. Yesterday was my Dad's birthday too. He died 6 1/2 years ago and I spend every August 12 just immersed in memories of him. That's my day to laugh "with" him, cry for him, even be angry at him every year. I'm sure every year when my Dad and I have our day now, I'll think of you missing your Mom.
Thanks, I'm sorry you lost your Dad. Trust me I know what you've gone through, and what you're still going through. How coincidental that their birthdays are the same day! I'm just glad I got to tell her I was getting it for her, before she passed. I took care of her the last 3 weeks of her life. The first 2 weeks she was doing well, then she went down hill I just keep thinking of her telling me she was fading fast while I was giving her a shower. It really breaks my heart. The only thing I can take from it is take care of your kids because one day, they may have to take care of you!