Dear Mom,

You are my best friend, my inspiration and always my confidant. I don't know where I would be now without your wise advice and your strength.

Simply, you are the strongest person I know. Life has not been fair the past couple of years at all, but you always handled every situation with grace and dignity. You never let fear control you and you never slipped away from your mom duties. Through everything, you've always challenged us to be better. You never expected perfection, but always wanted just a little more effort than we were giving.

Thank you for always being my cheerleader at softball games, my teacher when I needed help on a homework problem, my karaoke partner when nobody else wants to jam, my movie watching partner and basically my taxi driver for 15 years of my life.

Most importantly, thank you for teaching me how to be strong, how to love, how to laugh, how to be the bigger person, how to be compassionate, how to show empathy, how to be respectful and how to be the best I can be. Thank you for inspiring me encouraging me to follow my dreams and always offering advice and support.

Thank you for raising me well and teaching me to be kind to everyone. Without you, I don't know where I would be at all. Thank you for helping me hit all these accomplishments and for always putting your children first. You are my biggest role model. You never fail to help someone in need and you make your students lives better each and every day. I know that I am older and it may seem like I'm around less often, but you will always be one of the most important people in my life.

Now I'm sorry, I'm sorry for all the things I said that I shouldn't have said, for all those time we argued, for all those times where I broke your bank account, for annoying you when I get bored and I'm sorry for everything I've done in the past that hurt or upset you.

Now, the next few months will be super quick and super emotional. Your only baby girl is following her dreams all the way 1,700 miles away. I could not have had this opportunity without you. You are going to be one of the most missed people back home in PA. Getting used to not seeing you every day, and not being able to go out shopping randomly with you will most definitely be rough and hard. But, I could not be more excited about this whole new experience.

I would never want a new mom, or someone to ever replace you. You are seriously beyond the best mom ever. I love you bunches and so excited about our new adventures and a new chapter.

Love always, your girl, your sunshine, Olivia.