Here’s to a miracle of a woman on her 53rd trip around the sun!

Here’s to the woman who started with few material possessions and a perpetually empty wallet, who refused to accept a life consumed with unrequited needs.

Here’s to the woman who spent her entire young adult life pursuing a career in medicine devoting herself to easing the pain of others.

Here’s to the woman who co-created two beautiful children who challenge her daily, yet a a day never passed that she didn’t love them with her whole heart.

Here’s to the woman who is a machine; she works out like a beast. A healthy coping mechanism for life’s many stressors.

Here’s to the woman who has had her boat rocked more times than I can count, yet she stays true to her north star.

Here’s to the woman who loves two girls as if they were her flesh and blood; who would do anything, sacrifice anything to protect them.

Here’s to the woman who has faced the biggest challenge of her life head on. She has fought feelings of failure, loss of hope and inspiration, and self doubt.

Here’s to the woman who recognizes her flaws and continuously strives to improve herself and live life in the raw.

Here’s to the woman who is a sister to my mother. They have taught me what it means to be a true, unconditional friend.

Here’s to the woman who sets herself aside in order to care for her mother in her time in need.

Here’s to the determined, intelligent, fashionable, strong as hell, giving, well-intentioned daughter, mother, best friend, “aunt,” miracle of a woman, Sandra, on her 53rd trip around the sun.

I know that great things are coming soon for you.

With love,
Audrey

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