It's my grandma's 74th birthday today! Grandma's always been this steady rock in our family. Not to sound totally corny, but she's like this sun that we all circle around. She lends an ear when we need to get something off our chest, but she's totally sassy, quick to call us on our crap, and doesn't take guff from ANYONE. My grandpa tells this hilarious story about how grandma once whacked a man at Disneyland with her purse. That's grandma for ya.

I don't think I truly appreciated the lengths she's gone to for us until I had a child of my own earlier this year. Being a parent – especially being a mom, the center of a family – is the most work I've ever undertaken. It's also the most rewarding job I can imagine.

Happy birthday, Grandma!

This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society.