Family Friday

Thanks Mom

September is the month we celebrate my mom’s birthday.   My mom is funny, creative, faithful, passionate for family and faith, intelligent, hard working, musical, down to earth, goofy, compassionate, and fearless.  She is an example of discipleship, faith and testimony in action.  I have a few traits from her and there no greater compliment than to be told, “you are just like your mom.”

To honor the woman that has taught me everything I know, I decided to write her a letter.

Dear mom,

I want to start by telling you I love you.  These are words we don’t always share, but you should know that I love you tons!  You are the most important woman in my life… with a close second of my 4 awesome daughters.  Ever since I can remember you have been my hero, someone I look up to.

You have sacrificed much for your family, to raise all of us, your seven goofy kids.  You sacrifice much to support your 24 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  You are the strongest person I know.

Next, I’d like to say thank you.  Two little words that mean so little when compared to every little thing that you do for your family, friends, and community.  Thank you for the times you let me whine at you.  Thank you for reading me stories.    Thank you for cultivating the creativity within me.  Thank you working hard to create magic at Christmas and holidays.  Thank you for being my biggest fan through every stage of my life.   Thank you for the laughter, the smiles, the lessons, and reminding me that I’ll have somebody who loves me for who I am… flaws and all.  Your patience and kind guidance have taught me that it is okay to make mistakes and to learn from them.  Thank you for showing me right from wrong, for encouraging my faith and testimony, for teaching me the value of respecting others and myself.  Thank you for teaching me the importance of hard work.  Thank you for teaching me that nothing good in life comes for free.  Thank you for teaching me to be the best version of myself and to work for the things I want, rather that to expect them.  Thank you for teaching me to be independent.  Thank you for passing down some of your best qualities.  Thank you for believing in me.  Thank you for keeping me grounded.

I am a better person because of you.

I sure love you mom.  You are my role model.  You are my hero.

Love, me

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