To My Mom, Who Has Sacrificed Her Wants And Needs To Care For Those Around Her

To My Mom, Who Has Sacrificed Her Wants And Needs To Care For Those Around Her

You mean the world to me and I want you to know that.

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I just want to start out about saying this: Mom, you are the strongest person I know.

When I was younger, and you had to put going to college on pause, so you could take care of me; I didn't realize what a big deal that was until I was old enough to understand it. Now, not only do you have several associates degrees, a bachelor's degree, but you are now working your way through a master's degree! You are so driven and you never let anything hold you back from your dreams.

Even when you are going through financial and emotional troubles, you always make sure you are available to anyone who could ask for your help. Even though I am approximately 7 hours (440 miles) away, I am always the one you call to talk to about your day. I can always count on you to help me when I am in need, even when me being in need is just me asking how long to bake chicken or how to make spaghetti.

You have made me into the person I am now: a strong, independent woman who tries her best at everything she does. You have given me my intelligence and my OCD, and my ability to get stressed out way too easily! In short, you have been the best mom you can be, especially to me, but also to my brother and sister.

Growing up, you have always made sure that we had a roof over our heads, something in the kitchen to eat, and someone there who would love and support us unconditionally. Of course, you have your imperfections, but that is what makes you a great mom. You make mistakes and you own up to them. You let us make mistakes, so we can grow as people.

When I was in high school, you were there for me when I got my heart broken by boys you already warned me about. You supported me when I got my first bad grade in a class because the teacher assumed I was cheating on tests. You supported me through all of my college decisions, and even though I know you wanted me to stay somewhere close to you, you also wanted me to pursue my dreams, so you supported my decision to go out-of-state.

Now that I am in college, you still continue to support me. First, it was helping me pay for my tuition. Then, it was when I was going through a rough time with classes and had to make the hard decision of changing my major. Whatever I was going through, you were always there to talk to me and walk me through everything.

When I got my first apartment, you even helped pay my deposit because I obviously had no idea how expensive it would be. I am so grateful you have allowed me to grow into the person I am becoming. I am so appreciative that you have shown me how to have a great work ethic and let me know that it is okay to struggle financially.

I want you to know that you deserve the world; you deserve way more than I could ever give to you! That is how appreciative I am of you. You have made such an impact on me and have helped shaped who I am. Your arms are always open no matter how badly I mess up and that means the world to me.

I was so excited to be able to discuss tattoo ideas with you a few weeks ago and as I write this, my idea to dedicate my first tattoo to you is only more solidified. You mean everything to me and I want the world to know what an amazing, kind, and supportive mom you are.

I love you, mom.

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Dear Mom, From Your Daughter In College

Here are all the things our phone calls aren't long enough to say.
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Dear Mom,

Do you remember when I was three and we would play together?

It was the age of princesses and carpet that was actually lava, and you were the prettiest woman in the whole wide world. Do you remember when I was in high school and the world seemed too big and scary? You would know exactly when to take me on a mother-daughter date and have me laughing about anything and everything, and you were the smartest woman in the whole wide world.

Now, I'm buried in homework and deadlines hours away from you and we don't get to talk as much you want, but you're still the prettiest, smartest woman in the whole wide world.

I'm sorry that I don't call you as much as I should, and you know a lot of what goes on in my world via posts and pictures. Our schedules just seem to never line up so we can have the three-hour conversations about everything like I want to. I know we don't agree on absolutely everything, but I cherish every piece of advice you give me, even though it probably seems like I'm hardly listening.

I know that sometimes we get on each other's nerves, but thank you for putting up with me for all of these years. Thank you for listening to me cry, complain, question things and go on and on about how everything in college is. I know I don't come home as much as I used to, but I think about you all the time. After all, you're my first friend, and therefore, my best friend.

Thank you for celebrating my successes with me, and not downing me too hard for my failures. Thank you for knowing what mistakes I shouldn't make, but letting me make them anyway because you want me to live my life and be my own person. Thank you for knowing when to ask about the boy I've been talking about, and when to stop without any questions. Thank you for letting me be my crazy, weird, sometimes know-it-all self.

Thank you for sitting back and watching me spread my wings and fly. There is no way I could have known how to grow into the woman I am today if I hadn't watched you while I was growing up so I would know what kind of person I should aspire to be. Thank you for being the first (and the best) role model I ever had. You continue to inspire and amaze me every day with all that you do, and all that you are.

I don't know how I got so lucky to have a person in my life like you, but I thank the Lord every night for blessing me with the smartest, prettiest person to be my best friend, my role model, my confidant, my person and most importantly, my mother.

Love,

Your daughter

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Call Your Mama, Ask Her About Her Day, And Let Her Be Your Best Friend

I found that my real strength lies within my mother.

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Every family is unique in their own ways. Whether they have faced several hard deaths, have tendencies to be alcoholics, or the kids come from broken homes, every family is different and ultimately find home and comfort in one another.

My family is no exception to being unique if that's even the right word to describe us. Some may say crazy is a better word choice or maybe a little intimidating if you met the big, bearded, boot wearing, gun-totin' men on my dad's side. My family has been described as many things but the word that I think best fits is strong, especially the women.

We have been through and survived more than we ever thought we would get through. And despite the hard times, we made it through.

Growing up, I was always a Daddy's girl. He taught me to stand my ground and take up for myself. He proved to me that I could get dirty on the ball field and dress up in the same day. He taught me that it's okay to work with him in the shop with a fresh manicure and that it's okay to be a little girl with a side of tomboy and a lot of sass. Even today, I'm still a Daddy's girl but I have found that my real strength lies within my mother.

I find myself on the phone with my mom a lot. Something good happens, call mom. Something bad happens, call mom. Something stressful happens, call mom. As I got older, I realized this was because she was my best friend, my strength, and my strongest supporter.

When I was little, my mom and I clashed a lot and whenever we argued. She always said it was because we were just alike, but I didn't believe her. We would play this game and she would ask me if I was her friend and I would always say no. I didn't want to be friends with my mom. I would always think I couldn't be friends with my mom, that'd be weird.

Now that I'm older, I want nothing more than to be my mom's best friend. I want to tell her everything and talk about every detail of life because she has this way of making everything better and a little more exciting.

I want to make her proud and be the light in her life just like she is the light in mine. I want to be successful in hopes that one day I will be half the women she is. I hope to honor my husband as she does. I hope to be a shoulder people can cry on, and I hope to be the strength my child looks up to.

I am slowly realizing that if I've been through it, chances are she has too. We are pretty much the same person. I love sharing life and figuring myself out with her by my side.

We have this saying that we tell each other, "This too shall pass", which is actually tattooed on my body, and if nothing else, she has taught me that this is always true. No matter how hard things are, how bad life is, or what is happening, this too shall pass, and everything will get better if you just call your mama.

I can't fathom the day that I have to be without her and have to figure out how to be myself again without my crutch. Take every opportunity you have to call you mama and share your life with her because I promise she wants to hear about your day and your successes. Not only call her to tell her about your day but ask her about hers as well, let her vent to you, let her tell you everything, and let her give you all the advice she has to give because one day the good Lord is going to call your mama and you will want to have talked to her first.

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