To My Amazing Mother, Thank You For All The Ways You Put Us Before Yourself

To My Amazing Mother, Thank You For All The Ways You Put Us Before Yourself

I’m sorry for the times I forget just how hard you work and just how much you love me.

Dear Mom,

In fair warning, this is the beginning of a meager attempt at thanking you; meager because I know I only witness a fraction of your sacrifice, and my words cannot possibly reconcile all the moments that go unseen.

This is not just for everything you do, but for everything you are. I don’t think we kids realize the kind of strength and determination it sometimes takes for you to just be.

You are a protector—a fierce mama bear prepared to defend her children. You are a source of wisdom and experience, openly sharing your mistakes and triumphs so we might learn from them and thrive in our own decisions. You are our cook, our nurse, our homework helper, our chauffeur, our manager—our mom.

With an already sacrificial love you carried each one of us, either in womb or in heart. Before you began, you probably had some sort of idea of the things you’d have to do as a mother, but perhaps not all the things you’d have to be.

You’ve had to be strong when you feel like collapsing; collected when your life is going a hundred different directions. You’ve had to be peaceful as you waved goodbye to your children, hopping on a plane to go get another. You’ve spent endless hours waiting with your child in a hospital room, torn from home and thrown into a seemingly endless list of unanswered questions, and you’ve had to be faithful.

I don’t know how you can be all these things at once, but you are. If I ever thought I had it rough, you’ve had it one hundred times more so.

So thank you. Thank you for all the ways you put us before yourself. I’m sorry for the times I forget just how hard you work and just how much you love me.

I love you, Mom. You’re truly amazing.

Cover Image Credit: Heather Nelson Photography

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This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

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Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.


Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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