The loveliest birthday gift of all was a fondue dinner. The whole family started in the morning, prepping every last ingredient they could, anticipating an evening full of soccer practices and dinner served after dark. Ally stayed home by herself cooking it all and setting the table. Her work was amazing. She was praised without measure. Then, in the nighttime quiet, Bryan quietly thanked me for training a girl who could pull off such a birthday fete. Motherhood, a calling rewarded with abundant blessings.