So what if Pattie Mallette's biggest claim to fame is raising a talented little rugrat named Justin. It's her birthday and she's really cute. Oh, and just 38-years-old!

The reason I'm writing this is because today IS her birthday and it's a good time to let you know that she overcame come pretty tough obstacles to be a great mom to young Justin, staying in the shadows as her son achieved stardom. Poverty and sexual abuse as a child are just a couple of the obstacles she faced.

Check out Pattie's book, Nowhere but Up. Hey kids, the forward is by Justin!