Erin excelled in school, made many friends and was a model teenager. She always strove to make her family proud and never wanted to disappoint us!
Out of the devastating pain, blossomed a stronger woman and mother! I've always said that everything in life happens for a reason and Erin is the proof.
She is a wonderful mother who encourages independence and self growth in her children. Erin gives them the opportunity to excel in their interests and is their biggest cheerleader, spending countless hours on the road driving them to all of their practices, competitions and meets! In fact, this weekend she is at Jonah's swim meet in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Along the way, she found a special friend (Matt) who enjoys her zest for life and traveling.
I always wonder how she ventured on the path of becoming an athlete. One day she was a dancer, meeting us at clubs, then the next she was entering marathons and triathlons. She became the wonder woman of the family and we supported her during her races. She pushed herself to go further in her sport until she became an Iron Woman, competing in IRONMAN Wisconsin, Lake Placid and Canada.
She lives life to the fullest and encourages her children, and all of her family, to do the same!
She has more energy than anyone I know and is an inspiration to many.
She climbs Fourteener's with her son and brother,
She canoed the Boundary Waters of Minnesota which she, and Matt, will experience again later this summer! They are taking the kids for a vacation of a lifetime!
I think that is her mantra! Keep going forward, one step at a time!
From the first moment I held you in my arms, I experienced the amazing gift of love only a mother can feel. You have given me a lifetime of precious memories. You are not only my daughter, you are my friend! We have laughed together, cried together, shared secrets and given each other advice. We have traveled together and I have cherished those times, especially our first trip to New York when I was afraid to get on the subway! You pushed me to attain my dream of running a marathon and I thank you! I am so proud of you, and grateful to be your mother!
Happy Birthday, sweet daughter!