Monday, May 14, 2012
A special shout out to this woman on this day because it is dedicated to women like her, but really, she deserves a shout out every day. I owe pretty much everything to her. I am who I am (at least all the good qualities... hopefully there are some) because of her. For most of my life I remember her raising me alone. Yes, I saw my dad pretty often (because my mom allowed this), but I always lived with Mom and, therefore, feel as if I was raised by her.
She has set such a great example for me. She is so kindhearted, funny, independent, strong, sarcastic, and all around wonderful. I am thankful beyond words for her and who she has made me to be. Since she is a single mom, I feel like she had to work twice as hard as a lot of the non-single moms out there... but she did everything she could to ensure a great childhood and life for me. And great it has been.
I've always known my mom's strength, but it truly showed and made an impact on me throughout these past two years when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She worked almost every day through both chemo and radiation. She never complained a bit (which is kind of shocking for how much a whiner she is :) just kidding, Mom), and always forced a smile even when she was in so much pain. You would never even have known she was sick. I am truly amazed and inspired by this woman, and hope to be half the mom that she is someday.
So Mom, thank you for all that you do and all that you are. Thank you for making me who I am. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and letting me follow God's will for my life even when you may not like it very much. Thank you for being an example as a mom and being an example in your faith. Words cannot describe how thankful I am for you, how encouraged and inspired I am by you, or how much I love you.
I'll follow suit and say... No, I have the best mom in the world... but really. I do.
Love you, Mom. So much.