It's a little late but...
I had originally meant to do this post in the month of April, since it's her birthday month. But took an unannounced, unplanned break from blogging.
Then I decided I would do the post for Mother's Day....FAIL!
So, it's late but it's better than never!
My mom is incredible. She's smart and strong, compassionate and independent, beautiful and witty, loving and caring, giving and pretty funny (even if she thinks she's just pretending to be funny), and is responsible for 80% of my spunky sense of self. After raising four daughters she deserves way more than just a thank you...she deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Since I can't do the Nobel Peace Prize I can at least tell her some of the reasons of why I'm thankful for her.
Thank you for always having my best interest at heart and protecting me from heart ache. As well as setting an amazing example for being a woman, wife and a mother (Not announcing I'm pregnant, just that I will value your teaching in that area too). And for teaching me about lipstick (this may sound trivial but I look deathly without it).
Thank you for believing that I can be something more than I think I am able to be. I still struggle with this which I'm sure you know. Yet, every time I call you with a new 'life goal' you're on board and supportive, telling me I can do it.
Thank you for providing for me in every way that a mother is supposed to provide plus a ton of other ways too. Trust me, I am blessed to have had you for a mother. I know this now. I know that I used to give you grief about my friend's moms but let me tell you as I've aged I have heard about and witnessed pitiful excuses for mothers. Now I feel bad for ever thinking I had it 'bad' at all...I had such an amazing childhood and such incredible examples in both you and dad.
Thank you for teaching me to be a defensive driver. You have saved my life. Period. For instance, on a daily basis I watch others make poor driving decisions (texting, searching for something on the floor board, general lack of attention to the road) and I adjust my driving to avoid their mistakes. I'll never forget when I was home from college for the weekend, it was my last day and mom had to leave early that morning for something. She came into my room and told me that she loved me and to "Be very careful driving home today. Remember that the life you save may be the life of my precious, baby daughter." I don't think I'll ever forget.
As mentioned these are only a few of the reasons why I am thankful for my mom. I wish there was something more than those two words to show you how much you mean to me and how grateful I am to you for being my mom but I don't even know if my gratitude to you can be expressed in words. It does make me happy to know that now I get to have you as one of my best friends too which is so precious and priceless to me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I love you so so much.