For The Loving Mom Who Does Double Duty As Your Best Friend

For The Loving Mom Who Does Double Duty As Your Best Friend

Some people can't say that their mom is their best friend. I am lucky to say, that she is.

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Dear mom,

You are the hardest working person I know. Each and every day, you do the best that you can, alongside dad to provide for the family. You are so knowledgable, curious, aspiring, motivated, and dedicated, in everything that you do — every single daily activity or routine with the family, you always make sure that everyone is cared for and their needs are met.

You gave me the best childhood anyone could imagine. From dressing me and my brothers in matching pajamas during Christmas time, cheering me on at my sporting events, listening closely during my orchestra concerts all throughout my years as a student, to bringing in homemade cupcakes into my elementary classrooms on my birthday. You always put a smile on my face and made me cherish every single moment in life. You gave me the life that you have always wanted for your children, and I'm more than grateful for that.

I'm proud of you for always sticking up for yourself when you know something isn't right. Whether it be at work, or within a friend group, you will always stand up for what you believe in. You are so strong in your faith and even during the times where you feel as if you need to be more engaged in it, yes, keep praying for the things you desire. God knows all of your needs and wants. He is with you everywhere you go, and when you feel discouraged, He's already one step ahead and knows what you're thinking about.

I'm so happy that all throughout my life, you have taught me about God, and how much He loves and cares for me. You would always tell me when I was younger, "who does Jesus love?" And I would say, "ME!" and it would go on and on. That has always been something I can remember, even at 20 years old. I know that He has such an amazing plan for my life and each and every day, as a child and even now, you always remind me of the amazing things that are in store for me.

I remember a couple of years ago when I was dealing with really bad anxiety and I didn't know if I wanted to stay in gymnastics or not, and you gave me this book with a ton of scripture verses in it, with a cute and encouraging note from you inside it. I remember entering high school, and you leaving me a little note on my nightstand or at the kitchen table at breakfast of how God will help me with my anxieties and cast them upon Him, and to not be nervous about these big changes in life. Your little reminders of God's reassurance has helped me through so much.

You're a fighter. You push through any type of pain that you are going through. Physical pain, or even the slightest bit of stress that you are dealing with. You always want to appear strong and ready to take on anything, and in reality, you ARE. You ARE strong, you ARE ready for anything that comes your way, and you ARE my best friend and the person I can always trust and rely on.

You and dad have more than supported me in all of my dreams and aspirations in life. When I decided to change my major, you gave me another reminder that you will love and support me through this new journey, and that I will succeed in no matter what I do. I appreciate all of the time, effort, and money, that has been put into all of my interests growing up. From dance to gymnastics, cheerleading, pole vaulting, and being a violinist, you have always told me to pursue what I feel best suits me and what I think feels best in my heart, and is the right decision—to always chase after my dreams in whatever those may be.

You have taught me to appreciate everything that I have in life because not everyone has the same things that you have given me. You have given me every reason there is, to be positive and optimistic as I get closer to my career as a future educator, and living each day as an opportunity to achieve something new.

As you read this, I hope it makes you smile and reassures you that the way you raised me, is something that I will always love and cherish, and brightens my day each time I think about it. I hope that you keep pushing forward when life seems to throw obstacles that you might not believe you can overcome. But you CAN, and you WILL. You're the strongest person I know, and I love you so very much.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

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A Thank You Letter To My Mom

For everything you've done for me, whether you knew it or not.

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Dear Mom,

As both Mother's Day and the end of my first year living away from home come to an end, I've realized the abundance of things that you've done for me that I have to be grateful for. While I can never truly put into words how thankful I am for everything that you've done for me, here's a few that come to mind.

Thank you for always listening to my problems.

And there's a LOT. You let me rant to you about everything and anything without judgement, and I know you're always genuinely concerned about whatever I'm going through. I never have to question whether you're still listening even after hours of talking, and I think I'd go insane without being able to talk to you!

Thank you for doing things you didn't want to do.

Whether it's going to the gym after a long day of work, going to get our nails done, or even going paddle boarding, you're always willing to try the things that I want to do. When I was a kid, you would always make sure that Maura and I had someone to practice our sports with or go on a bike ride with. Even now that we're older, I still I know I can always count on you to try a new restaurant with me or check out vacation spots to visit in the future.

Thank you for being so understanding.  

I definitely wasn't a perfect kid, and there have been some moments where I don't even know how to deal with myself. You never got mad at me over a bad test grade or sports performance, and that gave me the confidence to work my hardest without the fear of failure. That confidence not only got me through the years that I spent at home, but still carries through my work while I'm at school.

Thank you for teaching me how to be strong.

I have watched you face obstacles that I couldn't even imagine facing, and yet you did so with ease and always made sure to take care of Maura and I in the process. You never let the struggles you went through change your view on the world and still continued to remain positive throughout everything, and I try to maintain the same positivity in my life when times get tough.

Thank you for always advocating for me.

No matter what I am getting myself down over, you never fail to remind me of my strengths and how special they are. Whether it's an unfair teacher, a stupid boy, or an unkind friend, you remind me "not to let them rent space in my head" and remind me how precious my time really is. Even when it seems like the whole world is against me, I know I can always count on you to support me and give me the motivation to keep going.

Thank you for everything you have done for me, and all that I know you will continue to do. I love you so much!

Love,

Your Extraordinarily Grateful Daughter

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