24 Reasons My Mom Is The Best

24 Reasons My Mom Is The Best

19. She's the cool mom.
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Thinking about where I am now and who I've become the past 18 years of my life, I reference back to my mom and all that she's done for me. Sure, we have our arguments sometimes, but nothing will ever tear away the bond that we have with each other. Over the past 18 years, she has been the most influential person, shaping me into the woman I am today. For the past 18 years, I've been lucky enough to have a woman to look up to and to have a best friend who's always there. So thanks, Mom. I just wanted to give you all the reasons why you're the best.

1. She's always someone to talk to...even when I'm at my worst and annoying the hell out of her

Thanks for always listening to me...even when I talk 70mph.

2. She makes the best food

Truly. The best.

3. She taught me how to do laundry (thankfully) and still does it for me sometimes

Thanks for doing my laundry up until I was like 14. Thanks for doing it when I bring home a bunch from college, too.

4. She is always straight up with me

You tell me when I need to fix my hair or when my outfit isn't good. Or when I need to set my priorities straight or try to get a better grade next time.

5. She is the hardest working person I know

You've always balanced your job, me and my sister, our two pets, keeping the house orderly, and any other thing going on in your life in a correct and fashionable manner. I couldn't appreciate it more.

6. She is the most caring woman I know

Moms always should be and they always will be.

7. She is always thinking of other people

You're the only person I've met in my entire life that cares for other people as much as you do. You always put others first and your thoughtfulness and kindness toward others will always be something I admire.

8. She takes care of me when I'm sick

Even when I'm 15 minutes away at school, you always tell me what I can do to feel better and you always take care of me when I'm sick at home.

9. She takes me on spontaneous vacations

Whether it's the two week West Coast trip to tour colleges and see Taylor Swift or the week long Texas vacation to see Taylor Swift, she's always ready to go and ready for something new.

10. She raised me to become who I am today

Two words: Thank you.

11. She gave me boundaries and rules from a young age

Although I hated them in high school and they can still get on my nerves now, I know you're looking out for me and I'm thankful for that.

12. She loves my friends as much as I do

Her third, fourth, fifth, etc. kids.

13. She hates that I say this, but she's my true best friend

You're the only person who will always hang out with me when my friends can't, so thanks.

14. She is actually really funny

I hate to admit it, but it's true.

15. She understands my love for food

Thanks for understanding when I order a bunch of food when we go out to eat or get seconds and thirds when you make dinner. Only you get it.

16. ...and clothes

I try not to, but I just love them so much. Thank God you're not the mom that would make me return them if you were mad I bought them.

17. She is the best bargain shopper I know

I mean...who else could buy $100 boots for $3?

18. She is supportive of (mostly) everything I do

Thanks for letting me decide what college I wanted to go to, and thanks for letting me come home whenever. Thanks for letting me see Taylor Swift eight times in concert and for taking me to both Texas and Arizona to see her. Thanks for letting me go to the midnight premier of all of the "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" movies when I was younger. Thanks for letting me make my own decisions and thanks for supporting me through it all!

19. She's the cool mom

Again, hate to admit it...but it's true. You are a pretty cool mom.

20. She makes me happy/smile

Whether it's calling or texting to see how my day was, or making sure I get back to my dorm safe. Or giving me money to go get food, or taking me out to eat. Even just hanging out with me. It makes me really happy.

21. She's always looking out for me

Whether it's calling me and talking to me on my entire walk back to my dorm, or making sure I ate dinner or making sure I got to my friends safely, you've always been the one to care the most.

22. She is proud of me

Thanks for being proud of everything I've accomplished thus far. I only hope I continue to grow and make you more proud.

23. She makes me proud

I know it's hard to raise two kids by yourself and even harder to let them go off to college. I know life gets hard sometimes, but you never let it stop you from living life to it's fullest.

24. And last but not least, she loves me. No matter what

Thanks for dealing with me at my worst and loving me unconditionally no matter what. Thanks for always being there for me and always having my back.

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Dear best friend,

I wasn't expecting you when God placed you in my life. I had my friends. I had my people. I wasn't exactly open to the idea of new meaningful friendships because I had the ones I needed, and it didn't seem like I really needed anybody new.

Thank God that was false. Sometimes you meet people and you just know that you're going to be good friends with. Sometimes you meet people and you realize that there is no such thing as chance. I think God has a funny way of making it seem as if the things that happen to us are by chance, but honestly, that’s a load of crap. If the biggest moments of our lives were left up to chance, then I believe that would make God out to seem as if he didn’t care. It would make it seem as if He was truly abandoning me and making me face some of my most important seasons fully isolated. But you, best friend, are a true testament to the fact that God doesn’t just leave such important aspects up to chance. Thank you for taking a chance on our friendship, and thank you for allowing me to take a chance on what I didn’t realize would be the most impactful friendship in my entire life.

Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for not sugar coating things. Thank you for telling me when I have a bad attitude. Thank you for loving me through my mistakes. Thank you for supporting me in my decisions, even if it isn’t always the decision you would make. Thank you for wanting the best for me, and for making that your true intent behind the words that you say to me, whether they be constructive criticism or encouragement.

Thank you for being a goof with me. Thank you for putting me first. Thank you for seeing the importance of our friendship. Thank you for making time in your schedule for us to just sit and do homework, eat Mexican food, or sit on the porch and listen to music that emotionally wrecks you.

You’re one of a kind. You’re a shoulder to lean on. You’re a safe place. You’re a free spirit. You’re rough and tough, but your heart melts for the people you love and it’s obvious. You’re more than meets the eye. You are worth getting to know. You are worth loving. You pursue people. You are passionate about your future. You are everything that a person needs, and I really thank God that for some reason you continue to choose to be in my life. Thank you for literally dragging me up my mountains of fear when I want to stay exactly where I am at and wallow in the sadness. You bring joy—true joy—wherever you go. You are my best friend, confidant, and biggest fan. You will be the Maid of Honor, Godmother, and fun Aunt.

I used to think lifelong friendships weren’t really a thing. It just seemed like people always grew apart and forever was never a point that was attainable. Best friends forever is a cliché phrase that is continuously overused nowadays (sometimes, I even used to make light of it), but thanks for making that a reality. You are truly the best friend I could have asked for. So thank you for it all. You make life more fun, and I couldn’t thank God more for making an incredible human, friends with me.

I love you, pal!

JQ

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When I was just a baby, she took me in as her own and loved me like I was hers.

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Thank You, Momma.

Everyone hears about the moms that are the best friends, the evil parents, the quiet ones, the overprotective ones, and so on. Well, my mom is the best mother I could've met and asked for.

"Met?" you may be asking. Yes, met. When I was just a baby, she took me in as her own and loved me like I was hers. When I was 16, she finally adopted me and I was SO happy. Here I am, 19 years old, living my best life, and it's all because of her. It's truly been an experience that only I can fully understand.

Thank you, momma, for everything. Thank you for being my very best friend and showing me what life is like being a truly independent woman. You're the greatest thing to have walked into my life and brought me so many amazing people in it with you. With your help, I have become the person I am today and know that I am doing the right thing following my dreams. You always told me to be myself and do what makes me happy, and here I am still cheering and dancing like I always have, doing the things I love. Not only are you my mom but my best friend and #1 fan too. I love you so so much momma!!

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