Last year I received a letter from one of my daughters. It made me cry. I knew then that all these past years of trying to be a good mom have been worth everything.
For those of you who are in the midst of childrearing, please know that it is all worth it.
What you do really matters!
Happy Mother's Day!!!
Please read my letter:
I am sorry I cannot be with you today (I wish I could). There are so many great things about you that I don't know where to start.
First, let's start with your patience. Thank you for bearing with me as you would do and redo my hair growing up until it was perfect. Thanks for getting my socks in a perfect seam over my toes. Thanks for loving me through my study temper tantrums. Thanks for holding me when I needed to cry for no reason. Thanks for ironing my uniform every day.
Second, your creativity. Thanks for the amazing and perfect birthday parties growing up (even when you were 8 months pregnant). Thanks for all of the hand designed costumes and dresses (I was always perfect). Thanks for teaching me to bake. I always enjoyed that time with you and it was so great that you would actually let me participate. Thanks for teaching me to sew (even if it wasn't my favorite thing). Thanks for teaching me to stand out and be myself when I so desperately wanted to fit in.
Third, your examples of service. Thanks for volunteering for everything (or going along with it when I volunteered you). Thanks for being one of the most present moms in my class. Thanks for the cookies and pizza during field trips. Thanks for the Christmas tree skirts and auction all nighters. Thanks for inspiring me to get involved in Church and the community through your stories of involvement at my age.
Fourth, thanks for the tough love. Thanks for not letting me date till I was ready (looking back now at myself at 14, I was so young). Thanks for not letting me watch movies that were inappropriate (sorry again for the hard times I gave you). Thanks for the curfew that forced me to stay out of harm's way and trouble. Thanks for telling me when I was wrong and letting me right my mistakes. Thanks for making me accountable and learning those tough lessons young.
Fifth, thanks for your faith. Thanks for being an example of what a Godly woman is. Thanks for taking me to church every Sunday and putting me in a school with individuals who helped me in my educational and spiritual journey. Thank you for modeling your marriage off of faith and showing me what I deserve one day.
Finally, thank you for being you.
I love you mom. You are truly a role model and my best friend. Your presence has forever shaped and changed my life. I will leave you with the following Bible passages, passages that have reminded me of you.
She is clothed with strengh and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her toungue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you.
I love you!