I just wanted to say Happy Mother’s Day to all my readers who are Moms! I also wanted to give shout outs to other special women in my life:
My Mom: Of course the most inspirational women to me. I hope that I can be a mom just like her. To give my children just enough ‘rope to hang themselves’ She has always been there for me when I needed her and even when I didn’t think that I did. She has fought hard for my life from the very beginning, being only 15 and pregnant. She did all the best for the little person she never met. She fought hard for my teenage freedom that brought tons of life lessons. She is the one I look to for help with my own children. She always tells me how good of a mom I am and I appreciate that. She is more like a friend now then a mom but she will never not be my mom. I love have long phone conversations, e-mail, and now even Skyping with her. I wish that she was just around the corner and not 325 miles away. She is the who taught me how to love Jesus. She is always praying for me and encouraging me to reach for the sky because there are no limits. I most love that she loves me for who I am and not what I was or could be. Thanks Mom for everything. Couldn’t imagine doing life with out you!
Grandma: For being there for everything. For recitals, softball games, volleyball games, and for school plays. To extend your love to your grandchildren in such a special way is a gift from God. Thanks for making lifes important moments more special with loving special memories. Thank you for making me feel special in homemade Prom dress. Thank for the BEAUTIFUL wedding dress that you made when you were the sickest with your cancer. I will forever cherish it and hopefully one day Kendra will appreciate it as much as I do. Thank you for taking the time to make Kendra’s baptismal gown out of the left over material from my wedding dress. What special gift to share with my daughter. I piece of her history. Thank you for all the love that you share everyday. Love you very much!
My mother in law, Kendra: Girl, I just don’t know how to say Thank You for loving me like I was your own daughter. You are always there for me when I need a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or mostly when I need a cup of coffee and a full belly. I love the sunshine in your heart that spreads like wildfire around you. I love your compassion for others and the time you spend reaching out to them. You are a one of kind mother in law and I am so glad you are Chris’ mom.
Aunt Shell: Thanks for making me a sister and not just a niece. For being not just a sister to my mom but a best friend. For lending her your ear and time. No words can express how hard it is for her to be apart from you. Thanks for always opening your home to me, from letting me visit you in Lexington to Atlanta to Sandusky to your home in Toledo, and soon I am sure you will welcome into Chicago! Thanks for all your encouragement with the mom stuff too and sharing your words of wisdom. Thanks for good times and memories.
Aunt Annie: Thanks for your inspiration to be a nurse! Thanks for the high school internership in the ER and the wonderful job working 3 East. I couldn’t have picked a more heart breaking and rewarding job to do. Thank you also for opening your home some many times to me and for allowing me to watch your children. I don’t know how you do all the things you do! I am so glad know where I am coming from and how difficult it is. Thanks for all your love and support.
Mel: To my sister at heart. Thank you so much for stepping out of your comfort zone and asking if I had an Uncle Herb. Even though we are miles apart and we don’t talk or e-mail much I feel unbelievably connected to you. It might just be the fact that I would never know Jesus as well as I do. Thanks for the slight nudge in the right direction. Thanks for letting me cook you dinner in your studio apartment. Thank you for introducting me to Heidi who lead me to meet my husband. You are a one of a kind cousin. Can’t wait to see pictures of your new addition when he arrives. Can’t wait till I can see or talk to you again. Thank you so much for all that you have done your are the best!
To my Daughter, Kendra: I know that you are not a mother yet, because you are only 2, but you sure do act like one! Thanks for being my little helper. Thanks for the hugs, kisses and cuddles day in and day out. Thank you for you compassionate heart towards others. Thank you for looking out for Ephriam and making sure life is fair for him. You are one of a kind and I couldn’t have hand picked a better person to be my daughter. I hope that you know I love you and am glad God gave me to you to watch over. I love you to pieces girl and hope that you and I can have the same relationship that Nana and I now share. I pray that you love Jesus with all your heart and soul because I know that I could be where I am today with out and sharing him is the great gift I think I could give you. Little girl, you are so precious to me, I love you so MUCH! Mommy.
Thank you to all the other women in my life whom I don’t have enough time to write about , especially my Aunt Liz, Courtney, Katherine, Ariel, Payton, Mia, Cindy, Heather, and Clare. I love you. I care for you and want all of you do live life to the fullest.
Happy Mother’s Day!