This Wednesday, September 16th is my mom, Sheila’s, birthday! My mom was born in the Sterling–Rock Falls, Illinois area but spent the majority of her time in Oak Park (a suburb eight miles west of downtown Chicago).
Her parents, William and Margaret, were tremendous people. My grandpa Bill proudly served his country via the Navy during World War II and was such a hardworking guy. Grandpa was the type of person that could literally fix anything. Grandma Marge was kind but also a very proud person who worked to instill values in her children and grandchildren. I hold onto to many fond memories with both of them and the lessons they taught me.
I have been extremely fortunate to have been surrounded by strong women my entire life. That continues with my wife, Kasey and I know our daughter, Lucy will be as well.
Did you know my incredible mother did home daycare for over 25 years? I can vividly recall parents bringing their newborns to our house and the amount of trust they had in her. She literally helped raise at least 100 children via the daycare.
As the oldest, when I started my freshman year at St. Ambrose I often thought about how hard she was working to send me there. Anytime I had thought about skipping class, I would take pause and tell myself, “My mom has 6-10 kids at her house and my dad is a Chicago cop working in an intense neighborhood–go to class!” Now listen, I’m not perfect and did skip a couple classes, and when I did I felt so guilty that I tried to not repeat that. I still find myself keeping things in perspective as I get older.
In 2017, she made the decision to sell her house and move to Iowa to be closer to her grandchildren. I’m so thankful to have her living here in Muscatine.
My mom is a big walker. She’s often found walking all over town and saving you a potential flat tire. Seriously, somehow she has developed an eagle eye for spotting nails and screws in the streets of Muscatine.
So, if you know my mom and see her on the 16th of September, be sure to wish her a very Happy Birthday! Mom, you’re the best and I’m so lucky to have you!