Fourscore and eight years ago, my grandparents introduced the world to a beautiful baby girl they named Elsie Louise. As one can see, she is still beautiful, not to mention smart, charming, hardworking, curious, optimistic and a wonderful mother. Mom has been raising kids with love for over seven decades without complaining or ever quitting. She is giving and forgiving almost to a fault; she is caring and has the ability to see the brightness at the end of even the longest darkest tunnels. My momma is the eighth wonder of the world to me. She possesses uncommon common sense and has an innate ability to see the diamond in the coal. I can remember driving past a house with her where the front yard was strewn with toys and empty soda and beer cans along with an old car being rebuilt. I said "What a mess!", to which she replied "I don't know; they look like they are having a lot of fun to me". She keeps me grounded and I love her as much as love exists in the universe. Abe Lincoln would be honored to share his birthday with a woman of her stature. Happy birthday Mom. I look forward to sharing many more and attending Kayla's graduation with you by my side. A dear friend said your were fabulous; she was absolutely right. Big kisses; big hugs. Don't eat all the truffles.