This One’s For You, Mom

Mom,

There are a million things I could say to you, but I’ll start with this: thank you.

Thank you for changing the thousands of diapers, for protecting me, and for loving me when I was just a new baby.

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Thank you for being patient with me. I know I wasn’t an easy child – none of us were. You created space for us to be creative and use our imaginations. You showed us how valuable our brains could be if we used them, and you let us run wild with new ideas.

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Thank you for teaching me every chance you got. I love to learn because you showed me that everything can teach us something.

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Thank you for never freaking out all those years while I was figuring out how not to wet the bed at night. It took a while, but I’m good now 🙂

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Thank you for yelling louder than all the other parents at my track meets. I could always hear you on the other side of the track.

Thank you for reading the Bible and letting us listen to the Mr. Donut Man cassette tapes on repeat. I really don’t know how you didn’t lose your mind.

Thank you for loving me unconditionally.

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Thank you for giving us freedom to discover and experience the world around us. My childhood was rich in climbing trees, exploring nature, learning about physics – specifically gravity, on several occasions – and riding bouncy horses naked.

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Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord and for showing me how to praise Him in the midst of pain and suffering. I owe so much to you.

Thank you for inspiring and encouraging me with your words daily.

Thank you for your wisdom.

I’m sorry I didn’t always listen to it.

I’m sorry I pooped behind the chair and in the toy room that one time because I was mad at you. I really don’t know how you managed to keep your cool for that one.

I’m sorry for telling you I hated you all those times. It must’ve been hard to hear that from a 5 year old, even if you knew I didn’t mean it.

I’m sorry for coming home past curfew on a couple occasions.

But mostly, I’m sorry that we are both missing our babies today.

I want you to know I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for you, and I am so glad that God chose YOU to be my mom.

You taught me more than any school ever could.

You taught me that it’s okay to fight – for truth, justice, and people who need help.

You taught me how to be a good friend – that good friends don’t just sit back and watch or participate when other people are making mistakes. Good friends stand up for what is right and aren’t afraid to tell the truth.

You taught me that being me is way better than being like everyone else. Being weird isn’t a bad thing.

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You taught me how powerful my words could be.

You taught me how to be in awe of the world around me.

You taught me about the One who loves me more than you do, and I am most thankful for that.

You are the most amazing mom in the world. 

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Somehow you managed to bring 7 kids into the world without completely falling apart. You loved all of us. You supported us. You cared enough to discipline us.

You are beautiful in every way, mom. You are kind and generous. You are thoughtful, wise, and humble. You are beyond hilarious! You have a servant’s heart, and you are a wonderful friend. I’m blessed to be your daughter.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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