Yesterday was my daughter Connie's birthday. Although she, her older sister Mary and I live many miles apart, it was a special day since I was able to speak with both of them. Hopefully the next year will be a better one for Connie who has had more than her share of trials and tribulations. And I wish Mary continued success in her career. It amazes me how she is able to balance being the mother of two and serve her country in the military. I am proud of both my daughters and speaking with them yesterday made me realize how fortunate I am to have them in my life.