Today is Mother’s Day and no gift seems appropriate…no gift ever seems appropriate because I have received so much from her.
She gave me life.
She gave me a childhood filled with joy and love.
She gave me the confidence to become the woman I am today.
As I reflect upon her role in my life, I weep. I weep because I am overwhelmed by the goodness she has lavished upon me.
The prayers. The counsel. The encouragement.
The discipline. The friendship. The fun.
I do not want to honor her memory after she’s past. I want to honor her today. Every day.
I want to celebrate my mom.
♥ Thank you for giving me encouragement when you might have needed some yourself. You have been a constant cheerleader in my life and that has made me secure.
♥ Thank you for showing me that everybody in our lives is in need of that encouragement from the taxi driver to my boss. That has made me aware.
♥ Thank you for teaching me that beauty is not just skin deep but is a reflection of your heart….and that nothing makes you sparkle more than a peaceful, joy-filled soul. That helped define my self-image in a culture that suggests otherwise.
♥ Thank you for modeling that you don’t have to raise your voice in a marriage to win an argument…that a gentle and quiet spirit speaks boldly and with effect. That has made me a better wife.
♥ Thank you for always seeing the best in me, never becoming exasperated or critical of my imperfections, but affirming the woman you know me to be. That has inspired me to do great things.
♥ Thank you feeding me nutritious foods at a time when health food stores smelled really funny. That has made me appreciate Whole Foods on an olfactory level (and taught me how to respect my body).
♥ Thank you for teaching me proper etiquette. That has given me confidence in formal settings, never feeling like I don’t belong.
♥ Thank you for decorating for the holidays and making us feel special on our birthdays. You taught me how to bring warmth to a home and make an ordinary day memorable. That has taught me how to truly celebrate life.
♥ Thank you for being a strong woman not afraid to speak truth. That has taught me to be bold in my own convictions.
♥ Thank you for reminding me: “the difference between hope and despair is a good night sleep”. That has gotten me through many teary evenings.
♥ Thank you showing us how to find joy in the messiest of circumstances. You created a family that wasn’t moody. That has allowed me to see the blessings when life is really hard.
♥ Thank you for your passion to travel and “smell the city”. My richest academic lessons came from the trips you meticulously planned. That has given me a love for learning and an appreciation for history and art.
♥ Thank you for teaching me the scriptures. They have been an unwavering foundation in my life.
♥ Thank you for nurturing me when I am sick. No matter my age, nothing soothes my weary body quite like the voice of my mama.
♥ Thank you for telling me I was your favorite child. I realize you told all of us that, but I also know you meant it with me. That makes me feel special.
♥ Thank you for showing me how to forgive…to forgive when you’ve been wronged…and when the wound is deep. You showed me the freedom that forgiveness brings and the restoration possible. That taught me mercy and healing.
♥♥♥ But above all, thank you for loving me. I have never known a day apart from your love, and that is a priceless gift. YOU are a gift to me.
So today, on this day that we celebrate you, I hope my life has honored you, brought you joy, and is pleasing to your soul. I love you mom.