Best Birthday Present

Today was the grand finale!!! Michael came home for lunch and found a package at his door. He wasn’t too surprised though bccause it’s his birthday today so he figured I had mailed a gift. Well guess what??? He was stunned!!! I’m telling you he called me and couldn’t believe it when he opened the book up to where I had a leather bookmark embossed with a cross. In gold cursive it read: To Michael, Love Mom…and the cross at the bottom. He quickly saw Hanks picture and started to read.Long story short, he said he never imagined getting a gift so amazing. He said if anyone would have even asked, he would have never thought about something so meaningful. And best of all, coming from his dear mom. He said “Good Job Mom, I’m very proud of you”. Being the entrepreneur he is, this gets him so motivated. People like you and all of us moms taking the time to “think out of the box”. He wants to meet you someday to thank you personally for accepting my Essay and to acknowledge all the hard work you put into this book. So you can imagine his enthusiasm for you, Mary Anne and all who helped make this a success. He understands the commitment needed to accomplish what you and Mary Anne and the Moms have done. I sure would love to have you meet my wonderful son. He’s a true Catholic first and Patriot second.

Love and God Bless,



One thought on “Best Birthday Present

  1. Dear Mary,

    Happy Birthday to your son.

    As military parents we are so used to saying we are proud of
    our kids. I LOVED him telling you how proud he was of YOU !!!

    Such a beautiful story.

    xo xo
    Deb Estep
    Twinsburg, Ohio
    Proud AF Mom
    SSgt Vinny

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