To All The Hard Working Moms

To All The Hard Working Moms

Moms run on nothing but they are worth everything. They deserve more recognition.
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Moms don't get enough recognition. They go through so much every minute of every day, and rarely do they get recognition or even a "thank you." Moms are like superheroes. They run on 0-5 hours of sleep most nights for years at a time (I know my mom is going on 19 years now), take care of children around the clock, and most even have a job on top of it all.

My mom not only took care of her three biological children, but she went above and beyond and did foster care as well. We have seen may children come and go, but we have had the privilege to adopt two of the children who have come into our home.

She is such a kind person, and is willing to put in extra time and effort to deal with two young children who need extra special attention. Not every mom will do foster care, but they do just as amazing a job, taking care of their own children and multi-tasking with work, school, traveling, extracurricular activities, and all the chores that are done at home.

Moms make so many sacrifices every day that seem to go over the heads of almost everyone else in their lives. They often eat after everyone else is finished, have to clean it up afterward, they don't have much of a social life because their children come first, and even though it annoys them sometimes, there is nothing more important to them than their kids.

Moms don't get much sleep, they don't get much to eat, they become a driving machine going endless miles to get their family where they need to go, and they don't even have much of a life for 18+ years depending on how many children they have, but at the end of the day, I have never met a mom who says she wouldn't do it all over again.

Since kids seem to grow accustomed to being comfortable, often take things for granted, and forget that everything they have comes from somewhere, I wanted to say thank you to all those moms out there who are working so hard to keep not only their family going, but for keeping their professional life going as well. I know it's hard, and I know some days are a lot harder than I could ever imagine, but it's worth it.

I feel like having one day to appreciate moms isn't nearly enough. Every day, someone should recognize how amazing they are, how hard they work, and should maybe give them a break every once and a while. Moms run on nothing but they are worth everything, even if they don't necessarily believe it.

I don't know where I would be without my mom, because she has gotten me through everything, and she has helped me become the person I am today. She is my best friend, and one of the only people in the world that I feel truly comfortable around. So thank you a million for everything you have done and will continue to do as your children grow and change, but never fully break away from you.

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1. Being there through it all, even if you're not "physically" there

We can't always be together, but you have never completely "left" me behind and have been there with me through thick and thin and I am so grateful.

2. Being my biggest cheerleader

Thank you for not only being there through the bad, but also celebrating my victories with me. I can always look forward to telling you good news because I know you'll be happy right along with me.

3. Answering my "important" phone calls

Whether it's a "he texted me back!!!" phone call, or an "I found a gray hair, please help!!" phone call, you pick up the phone and hype up with me no matter what.

4. Being selfless, and going above & beyond to make sure I know I'm worthy

This explains itself and I am so grateful for that.

5. Brushing my hair when I don't feel like it

Okay, this probably sounds silly... But it's the greatest struggle to brush my hair and I'm glad you do it for me sometimes!

6. For being there through all of my mini-crises

You already know what I'm talking about here...

7. For talking me out of things

If it wasn't for you talking me out of things, I'd probably have quit my job, be dating a horrible guy, got my eyebrow pierced, etc.

8. Making me a part of your family

I'm too lucky to have you all as my second family.

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From The girl who always has a hard time on Father’s Day

This one is for my real dad and guardian angel and also my step-dad who's done so much for me and my family.

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I don't really talk about this much in detail because it is still pretty hard for me to wrap my head around. My real dad was such a fighter, a strong strong man that I will always look up to.

But instead of getting to down here, I get to look up to him while he is enjoying life in heaven.

My real dad died of cancer 18 days after my first birthday, so yes if you do the math it's been 20 years. He fought a long hard battle and tried so hard for me. Before I was even born, he found out he was sick.

The doctors couldn't really tell exactly what it was (medicine has developed a lot since then), so he was constantly going to the doctor and trying his best to find out what was wrong. All he had was a cough, who knew that meant he had a tumor growing pushing into his lung.

Like I said, he fought a long hard battle with a wife that was pregnant with his little girl. He fought for me to see me when I was born and spent a full year with me, but the cancer won.

April 21, 1998, a day that always pulls on my heart. That was the day I lost my daddy. But thank you, thank you for fighting a rough, long hard battle for me. It means more than you know.

My mom remarried when I was 7 to a man who raised me as his own. I will always have so much respect for him because of that. He took a child in that wasn't his in any way and did all he could to support me and love me and push me to be the best person I can be.

There are men out there that won't even take care of their own children, but my step dad took me who wasn't his own and raised me like I was.

I could never thank him enough. He was so patient with me and taught me the things I know my real dad would have if he was around and able. Like how to ride a bike (even though it took until I was 12 to learn), how to drive a car (thank you for teaching me in your truck – I told you I wouldn't wreck), or how to play basketball and to find something I loved and stick with it. You taught me so much and I can't thank you enough.

I can honestly say I've been blessed beyond belief with both a real dad and a step dad. My real dad is now my guardian angel who watches over me and protects me every step of the way.

Some days are harder than others because I will always wonder if he is proud of me and if I am making him happy. I would give anything to hear his voice, give him a hug, see his smile I always love to see in pictures, or just to simply shake his hand – never take advantage of those little things people, they mean so much. But I also am blessed to have an amazing step dad who has done so much to shape me into who I am today.

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