by her family
We were at a waterpark and I had went down a slide and was confused as to why mom wouldn’t enjoy such a fun activity. She asked how deep it was, to which I told her I think I touched the bottom, and she finally got the courage to go down the slide herself. She soon found out that the water was 10 feet deep and couldn’t touch the ground. She ended up being rescued by the lifeguards. She knew that she couldn’t swim, but she sacrificed (in love of her kids) to make happy memories for us. (sorry mom)
I remember waking up early and opening Benjamin’s present one year and playing with it before everyone woke up. I was all “to infinity and beyond” playing with Buzz lightyear before mom woke up infuriated and set me straight.
Nothing was too hard for mom. I remember, she really really wanted Jeremy to get his swimming merit badge, so she found a pool that did swim lessons for kids with special needs, and we went to the pool-was it every day one summer? it was a lot! And that pool was not particularly close either. But she did it and I never heard her complain. And Jeremy did get that merit badge.
Mom has never hesitated to share her testimony-building experiences with me. While at BYU, she would call to tell me about a special miracle Heavenly Father had performed in her behalf, or certain ways the spirit had touched her at different church events (I remember particularly a call after going to see the Easter Pageant). I wish that I had recorded the different spiritual lessons she had shared with me from time to time.
Mom went with me to girls’ camp one year. I remember that year our ward got 2 addys (not sure how we spelled that) and everyone in the ward wanted to be in the same one. I had to be in the empty one with mom, and eventually a few girls reluctantly volunteered to join us in the empty one. By the end of the week, all the girls were jealous of our addy because we didn’t have mice, and our cabin mom didn’t try to sing us to sleep like Sister McCleery did. I remember one girl actually telling me “I didn’t realize your mom was so cool!” This was news to me. I never thought of my mom as cool. But the truth is, I probably really did have one of the coolest moms out there.