Happy Mother’s Day to all of the absolutely amazing, unrelenting, and life-shaping Moms!!! clapheart

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ― Washington Irving

Today, I decided to dedicate this blog post to my mother, though I could never truly express all that she is to me in one entry. I’ll try.

Dear Mom,

You are the STRONGEST woman I know. I don’t know anyone who has overcome so much adversity, on so many levels, with such determination and certainty. What you modeled before me was the ability to get up, up again, and again, with more power and assurance. Your capacity to claw, dig, and fight for the end that few others could see or perceive was and is amazing to me.  Your banner is grace and I could never look at your life and not believe that God is. He gave you a crown of beauty for ashes.

You never gave up. You never gave in. You are unbroken.  Mom, you are strong.

You are one of the BRAVEST women I know. You’ve taken leaps of faith and made sacrifices that expanded the realm of possibilities to and for me. You assured me that I could have what others said I couldn’t, if I worked hard, pursued education, aimed high, and believed.  You inspired me to look outside of the box we knew.

You made me search the stars and reach.

You are WISE. I love how I can discuss life with you and trust that your advice will not only be insightful, and rich with experience, but in my best interest. You have my back, in the toughest of times. You’ve become a true friend and a treasured gift. I smile at that gift.

I’ve watched you grow and transform, and now that I’m older and a bit wiser, I understand just how much and in what ways you contributed to me becoming who I am. I’m so proud of you Mom and I thank you for all you sacrificed so I could… “______.”

I remember when I was in elementary school and volunteers rallied to create an offering of the Girl Scouts (really, it was a few weeks of arts & crafts in the school’s cafeteria). I was so EXCITED!!! I had never been in the Girl Scouts, and wasn’t sure of exactly what that meant, but had heard good things (the cookies and pins mostly). It was going to special, different. I would belong to something. I eagerly presented you with the permission slip and the cost, $5.00. You didn’t have the money at the time, and back then, I understood that five dollars wasn’t a simple request. You initially said, “No.” Still, you must have seen the hurt in my eyes, because somehow, a few days later the money appeared. I also understood that if and when we had a little extra money, there were always competing needs. You chose me. I still remember that colored sand in a bottle project…it was everything. Thank you for allowing me to experience something special, something different. You probably don’t even remember, but I’ll never forget.

I know there were tough seasons and times you were unsure, but you’ve sown into my character and deposited some good stuff in me. Stuff I hope to pass on to my own children.

Lastly, I’m grateful for how our relationship has evolved over the years. I like what we’ve become. smile Now, more than ever.

I love you dearly and Happy Mother’s Day.

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