January 25, 2013
Happy Birthday, Mom!
My Mom is the strongest woman I know.
Her humor and wit are two of the qualities that I most adore about her.
Well, that and she's honest. Always honest. Always, always.
She's the real deal.
And she absolutely wouldn't want a picture of a birthday cake on this post. Nope, she'd rather have 25 lbs. of crab legs.
Seriously though, my Mom has taught me far more than I could ever write about in one post. So many people have Moms that are just weird or annoying or absent or just blech. I lucked out. I got a good one.
There really just aren't any words. Still, it's me, so I'll try.
I know I don't say it nearly enough, but I love and respect you so, so, so much.
There is no other woman in the world like you. You're awesome.
You've made every house a home.
You've created crafts and games and kept me busy my whole life and I'm so thankful for that.
You've instilled in me a work ethic, a faith, a confidence.
You laugh at yourself. You laugh because when the going gets tough, that's all we can do.
And you pray. Because when the going gets really tough, which it has for us, THAT is all we can do.
You're faithful. And you're content in all circumstances and strong and courageous.
You're never a victim; you always find a solution.
You expect my best. And even though I'm a grown-ish woman, I still want to give that to you.
You're a wonderful grandma.
My girls love you. And I find myself doing things with them that you did with me. I love that.
I look forward to our daily conversations.
When I see your face on the iPad screen during one of our daily facetime calls, I can rest easy because talking to you and hearing your voice is like touching base in a game of tag... I know that for one second I'm safe and all is right with the world.
I love you.
Ok, enough of the italics and the mushy stuff...
I love you.
To the moon and back.
And, I'm so glad you're my Mom...
And I would imagine that you are equally glad, if not more, that I am your daughter.
Happy, happy birthday.
You deserve all of the happiness in the world, I mean it.
I miss you.