Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.

Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.


Your Daughter

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To My Parents On Their 25th Anniversary

Thanks for showing me what I hope to get out of my marriage someday.


Growing up I never realized just how lucky I was. I grew up with two parents that put not just each other's needs but our family's needs first. I was able to grow alongside one of the strongest relationships I know and from that I learned a lot. I learned a lot about what it means to be understanding, to be able to compromise, & to be able to put somebody else's needs above my own. I was able to see what being in a strong, healthy, & happy relationship looks like, and I now hold the same standards for my own relationships.

Like any family, of course, we faced some bumps in the road, but seeing how my parents worked together and as a team was what got us through them. They heard each other out, and one didn't attempt to overpower the other. They've always been very conscious of the other's feelings which is something I try my best to do in all the situations and conflicts that come my way.

As individuals, I learned from my mom that it is completely okay to be over-emotional and care "too much." She's sat by me through all of my tears and meltdowns over some of the most minor conflicts that I've managed to overanalyze. She would always assure me that everything will find a way of working itself out because the things you care about always find a way. My dad showed me not only that I'm a little stubborn at times, but also that I shouldn't live my life caring what is thought of me. He's always been there to remind me of my worth and reassure me by saying "if anyone loses you, it's their loss." While it takes time to develop, I owe a lot of my confidence to my parents.

Wrapping my mind around being happily married to someone for 25 years is a crazy thought being only 21 years old; imagining spending all of those 21 years of my life and then some with someone is a pretty incredible thought at my age. Its safe to say my parents have set the bar pretty high & I hope to also have an amazing relationship set to last forever as they do.

Thanks for everything and cheers to 25 years!


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