My biggest fan, and probably yours, too.

You might not know this, but my blog has a fan club. Its president, founding member, and director of marketing is Peggy: Tom’s mom, my mother-in-law, and David’s Mimi.

Last Friday was her birthday.

Peggy loves the blog, and she’s called me, emailed me, and shouted it from her rooftop. It helps that the blog stars her grandson, but that’s not the only reason she’s so enthusiastic.

Peggy is a lot of things: she is generous, hardworking, hospitable, caring, considerate, inclusive. But I’ve been thinking about this for a few days, and I decided that the way she loves and supports other people is her best quality. All that enthusiasm and encouragement just comes naturally to Peggy.

Her interest in the blog is just the beginning. In real life, Peggy makes everyone feel important, like the guest of honor and the star of the show. She does it by asking caring questions, showing genuine interest in other people’s lives, remembering details, and making eye contact during conversation.

Actually caring about people should come naturally to everyone, but it doesn’t, which makes Peggy even more special.

I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the great things about having a child is you sort of get to see how your parents were when they had babies.

Peggy is a wonderful grandmother, and an incredible mother who raised two godly sons. So I don’t just watch Peggy, I take notes

Happy birthday, Peggy.

P.S. If you’d like to join the blog fan club you’ll have to contact Peggy. She requires all members to recite the first three lines of a blog entry she picks at random, so you should start studying now.


  1. Rachel October 15, 2012

    I second this post! Peggy Jo is one of my all-time favorites.

  2. Brenda Payne October 16, 2012

    Oh my goodness Amanda! I LOVE this! Your words about Peggy are so true. She is a DOLLl. And how blessed she is to have you as one of her "daughters". <br>P.S. I could be the VP of your blog fan club. I have cried and also laughed til I cried, after reading several of your entries. You have a real gift, girl!


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