You had to become an adult while you were still a kid, and you had to take on far too many responsibilities. You were forced to do something that is difficult for most to do; be selfless and not selfish. You set aside your dreams in order to make mine come true, and always put me first no matter what. Having a child so young is a strenuous task, and you had to do it without a significant other. You have acquired strength that is incomprehensible, and inspires me each and every day. The beauty you possess is shown not only through your looks, but within your heart. The light in your eyes and your laugh lights up every room you walk into, and is contagious. I sometimes ponder over how much you’ve gone through, and am in awe that somehow you are still able to smile through all of the pain. But then I realize that nothing will ever have the power to break you down. From your guidance, I learned that times will get tough, but sometimes you just have to breathe, put one foot in front of the other and always keep moving forward. So with that being said:

Thank you.

Thank you for your unconditional love and support.

Thank you for showing me that grace, and a good heart is what makes someone special.

Thank you for being hard on me even when you didn’t want to, because in the end it will only help me survive in this great, big world.

Thank you for comforting me while I cried so hard I felt like I couldn’t breathe, and reminding me that you will always be there for me.

Thank you for putting my happiness above yours, and always making sure that I am OK.

Thank you for never forcing me to do anything I didn’t want to do, and for letting me create my own path in life to follow.

But, most of all, thank you for making sacrifices in order to give me such a full, and wonderful life.

Sincerely,

A daughter who would be lucky to be half the mother that you are