One of the best parts of getting older is seeing the wonderful mothers my daughters have become and watching them juggle jobs, husbands, kids and other parts of their lives and admire their energy.
Alison has been the solid support behind her husband Matt as he enters the second year of his recovery from a successful stem cell transplant to treat a Stage 4 lymphoma. She's had to become the primary breadwinner for their family of three and works hard at her job as a manager at World Market. In Booker, Alison has raised a son who shows compassion toward others and is sensitive to their needs. He's also smart, observant, and funny as can be with a goofy sense of humor that reminds me of my son Peter.
Hannah keeps many balls in the air in a very demanding job with AT&T, raising Lena and Noah, and for the last several years, meeting the increasingly complex needs of her mother-in-law. She managed Annie's finances, prescriptions, living arrangements and much more, especially during the final months of her illness. Hannah has also provided unstinting support to a friend with a serious chronic illness. With her husband Reagan, she's raising two very smart kids and providing them with as many opportunities as possible.
I'm so proud of these two women and glad to be their mother.
I'm Chris Barabasz, retired from a 35-year career managing communications for health care development (that's fundraising for you civilians). I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and freelance writer. My husband Andy and I moved from Delaware to Texas to be closer to our daughters and three adorable grandchildren.