It was a snowy Spring day in Salt Lake City the day she was born. Despite the weather, my heart and soul were warmed by the thought of such a beautiful child. And every day since April 2, 1982, my heart and soul have continued to be warmed by the simple fact that she is part of our family. For thirty three years she has given us nothing but joy. And while that might sound like hyperbole, it's absolutely true.
Chelsea has always lived her life with confidence and courage. She has accomplished much and continues to inspire me to be better, and do more. Two things in particular illustrate her greatness. First, as a high school senior she made a decision to raise money for Dollars for Scholars. This was before Senior Projects were required. Chelsea did it because she is a do-gooder. Now-a-days, every high school senior is required to do a senior project. And as we have seen, many of these projects are lame and mostly self-serving. In contrast, her project was ambitious, substantive and wildly successful. She ended up raising over $11,000 for her charity. Not bad for a high school senior who received virtually no assistance from her parents in pulling this off. Second, was when she left for graduate school in London. If she was nervous, or had doubts, it never showed. She has always exhibited a determination and grit that has made me proud. She lived and thrived in a foreign country (Chile) as a missionary of course, but that's different--as a missionary, you are watched over by a mission president. When we visited her in London on several occasions, it was obvious that she was capable of handling her affairs sans guidance or assistance from her parents. I have never been prouder of Chelsea than when we attended her graduation from the University of London.
I know that I have been far less of a parent than what she deserves, but I am grateful for the times we have shared: hiking, backpacking, skiing, and just chilling. While there is nothing remarkable about a thirty-third birthday, there is something extraordinarily remarkable about this young daughter of mine! So Happy Birthday Chelsea!