Mom, I'd Be Blessed To Grow Into Even Half The Woman You Are Today

Mom, I'd Be Blessed To Grow Into Even Half The Woman You Are Today

Who says growing up to be your mother is a bad thing?
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A lot of girls dread growing up because of becoming like their mother, which is in fact, inevitable. For me, becoming my mother even in just the slightest would be the best thing to ever happen to me.

When you look up the words admirable, brave, brilliant, fabulous, generous, and so on in the dictionary, you would 110% see my mothers name bright and bold.

I'm not just saying this just because she's my birthgiver but because she truly is an amazing woman. Someone who has both played the role of my mother and father growing up deserves nothing less than the world and I pray to God that one day I'll be able to give that to her.

Mommy, you have seen me at my lowest of lowest points and you have seen me at my highest of highest points and there is no way in hell I would've been able to get through half the things I've gone through without you by my side.

You have given me everything and more even when you don't have everything yourself.

Mom, you are a true definition of a selfless person.

I know raising three daughters isn't the easiest job in the world but you do/did a damn good job. I know I don't say this as often as I should but you are my biggest hero and role model and I can not believe I got so lucky with having you as my mama.

Another reason out of the million other ones I want to talk about is how incredibly brave and strong you are. Losing your own mama at such a young age I know was one of the hardest things you went through growing up, but I also know how that shaped you into the incredible woman you are today. Having to navigate your way without a motherly figure is no easy task but you have managed to make her and everyone else around you proud.

I know she is looking down at you and saying, "I know going away wasn't easy on you but you have grown into this wonderful, fearless, and perfect mother and I can not be more proud of you." You continue to make her proud with everything you do and I hope you never lose sight of that.

You are and will always be my best friend and I can't thank you enough for showing me what it means to be a woman. Learning from you is an easy thing to do when you show so much love and compassion in what you do for us. You're my rockstar.

I love you to the moon and back, mommy

With love,

your little meems ballerini

Cover Image Credit: Mya Brannan

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A Thank You Letter To The Father Of My Child

We Do The Best We Can With What We Have
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Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I know I don't have to thank you for loving our child but still thank you from the bottom of my heart. We were young, really young, too young but stepping up, especially for a guy, is rare, so I'd like to give you a little praise. We didn't do it 'the right way' but we do the best we can with what he have and I wouldn't change a thing.

You didn't have to, I mean you did but then again you didn't. There are days when I really don't like you and Vice Versa but at the end of the day, I am still raising half of you. I'm raising a 5-year-old who thinks that his daddy put the stars in the sky and his mommy made them shine and for that, I couldn't thank you enough.

You're doing the best you can (and that is more than enough). We have a unique situation but we made the absolute best out of what we have and I am so grateful for that. You help me facilitate a circle of respect and our child is well aware of that. We argue, we fight and we really disagree but when all is said and done, I'm so thankful to co-parent with you. We are by no means perfect (or remotely close) but I thank God (and you) that we aren't because how unrealistic is that.

Thank you for working so hard for our child. I realize that it's extremely hard when you don't see him often, especially since you think your day to day work goes unnoticed and unappreciated, but how wrong you are. Our son and I speak often of your hard work and I pray that he works harder than we ever do but what a good model he has to refer to.

Thank you for your grace. I never thought that I would be writing this letter, much less thanking you for this one thing in particular but I must. I fail often as a mother and a co-parent but you never let me believe for one second that I am any less of a great mother because of those failures. Your grace and support helped me become the awesome (if I don't say so myself) mom that I am today!

Thank you for crushing statistics with me (we never liked that subject anyways). We weren't 'supposed' to amount to much, we weren't 'supposed' to be happy and we weren't 'supposed' to be great parents but like I said we always hated math anyways so take that stats!!

Thank you for never allowing our son to believe that he is already at a loss because his parents aren't married. Thank you for being on the same team as me and thank you for learning and growing with me in this parenting thing that no one has the answers to. It takes a village and I am convinced that we have the best village out there, so thank you for helping me create and uphold it.

"The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other." - Jane Blaustone

Love Always,

Your Thankful Co-Parenting Partner

Cover Image Credit: Tori Buddenhagen

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I've Been Going through college without A Mom

I am about to graduate, and she won't be there to see it.

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I was barely 17 when my biological mother passed away. I had rarely seen her the last six or so years of her life. She was severely mentally ill, and with a lot of mental illnesses, she kept going off her meds which only made her symptoms much worse. When I was about 12 years old, I had to stop inviting her to my school functions because she no longer realized when her behavior was inappropriate for the time and place. Her pride for her children outweighed her better judgment.

Everyone knows someone with a parent who is completely over the top yelling and cheering on their kids. Well, that was mine. Anything she came to, people knew exactly where she was. I even have a recording of a program I was in 6th grade, quite possibly the last one she was invited to, where her hearty laugh can be heard clearly in the background.

She had a beautiful soul, it just was hidden from view for most of her later life.

I wish I remembered more of who she was, things she would say, things she would do.

I wish I had been able to push past everyone and everything telling me to keep my distance. I was young. I didn't know what I know now.

Each year seems like it gets harder and harder not knowing her. I am one year away from graduating college with my bachelor's degree in psychology, and she won't even be there to watch me walk across the stage. I know if she could make it, she would be one of the people to cause a ruckus in between names called. She had a way of disregarding authority, something else we have in common.

There are so many times when I will see a girl talking to their mom or going shopping with their mom or eating dinner with their mom or just doing anything with their mom, and I break down internally because I will never fully have that mother-daughter bond that they have.

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