A Thank You Letter To My Mom

A Thank You Letter To My Mom

I love you more.
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Dear Mom,

I really don’t think you understand how much you mean to me. I’m growing up and getting older, and as more time passes I realize that without you I would not have made it to the place I am today. This letter is a thank you note to you because I think you should understand how much I love you.

Thank you for the very beginning. The times where feeding me every two hours kept you up all night and changing my diaper was something you never really looked forward to doing. If that isn’t love, then I don’t know what is.

Thank you for teaching me to write my name and read “Green Eggs and Ham.” You were my first and favorite teacher. You were constantly making reading and learning something that was always an adventure.

Thank you for every soccer practice and Girl Scout meeting that you ever drove me to, and for all of those times you chaperoned my class field trips. I had more fun with you just being there to experience it all with me.

This next thank you is a big one, so thank you for the middle school years. The “fun nights” where you would help me straighten my hair and apply mascara even though I didn’t appreciate it. The times when I would fight with you about going to the mall by myself thinking I was old enough, even though I wasn’t. Thank you for accepting my friends even though you knew they weren’t the right friends for me, and making sure they always felt welcome in our home.

Thank you for helping me shop for a formal dress each year and never minding to spend a little extra on the one I loved. And for the prom dress that made me feel like a princess for the day even though we both agreed that prom was overrated. Because of this though, I cannot wait to pick out my wedding dress with you someday. It is these times I have spent with you that made me realize how much you care.

Thank you for all of the holidays you have made special and the birthdays that were unforgettable. You are barely in any of the pictures because you always were the one behind the camera. Just know that I appreciate that too. Without you, some of our favorite memories would have never been captured.

Lastly, thank you for not crying when you sent me off to school. If you had, I probably would have lost it too. There isn’t a day when I don’t miss you, but it makes coming home that much better. (Not to mention finally getting to eat your home cooking.)

Mom, thank you for “loving me more.” For the hugs and kisses when I needed them most. For the punishments when I needed to understand. For letting me blame things on you so I didn’t have to take the brunt of it all. Thank you mom.

I hope that you know my biggest wish in life is to be half of the mother you are. There is never a day where I feel unloved or forgotten. You have been by my side cheering me on when I succeeded, and picking me up when I have failed miserably. I am lucky not only to have you as a mom, but also as my best friend.

I love you more.

Sincerely,

Your Daughter xoxo

Cover Image Credit: Cheryl Boag
Cover Image Credit: Cheryl Boag

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I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

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Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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