Day #4 – 30 Days of Thankfulness

Today I am thankful for my mother.  I am truly blessed to call her “mom.”  She has always been a rock in my life; even when I didn’t recognize it!  She has always been an excellent example of what a mother should be and I hope that I can follow in her footsteps with my own children.

I could say so many things about this woman I call “mom”, but it still wouldn’t completely capture exactly how wonderful she is.  When I was little, she made me special cake for several of my birthdays at my request.  It was nothing fancy…chocolate sheet cake with vanilla frosting and balloons made out of gumdrops and licorice.  But, it was my favorite and I loved that my mom would so carefully make it for me.  I remember there were times when I was a child that I had a hard time going to sleep at night.  My mom would sit on the side of my bed and rub my back until I relaxed and feel asleep.

She has always been such a good example of strength and independence.  When I was four, my parents were divorced and my brother and I lived with our mother.  To support us, she went out and got two jobs until she worked her way into a position that would make enough money with only one job.  As an adult, I admire this.  She was never one to take a handout and always worked hard for everything that she has.

She was there for me when I got engaged, when I got married, had my first child and when my second child was in the hospital after birth.  I cannot imagine a woman who could care for her children more than she does.  Today, she an involved grandma and spends time with both of my boys as often as she can and they both adore her.  She is one of my best friends.  I can talk to her about anything, and I mean anything!  She is not judgmental and will not tell me what to do, but I know what she is thinking!

We had some rough years while I was a teenager and because I lived with my dad, we were apart for many years.  I am happy to say that we have rebuilt our relationship now and I cannot imagine my life without her in it!  She is still such a positive role model and I admire her ambition and drive even today.  She finished her Master’s degree in her 50’s showing me that it is never too late to further your education.  Today I am happy to be her daughter, but also sad because she will be moving away soon.  I am so proud of her and her new career, but I will miss her terribly!  She will never fully know how much she means to me and just how much I love her!

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; …:
Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.
Proverbs 31:25-29


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