Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Mom!

I want to take a small break to give a big shout out to my mom! It's her birthday today.

I don't really know where to begin other than there is no one else on earth quite like my mom. I know we all hold our parents on this high pedestal and tell others there's no one better than our own, just like they do for us, but really trust me when I say, there's no one like my mom. I know I'm still growing up and have a lot of life to live and people to meet, but I have never met someone who compares to her. She is hands down the most gracious, hole-hearted, tender, and caring person I know. She constantly puts others before herself and never once complains about it. She is grateful for everything life has to offer and has this amazing way of finding the good in everything that happens. She's not afraid to cry or be weak because she knows and has taught me those are the moments that teach us to be stronger.

I don't quite know how she did it, but she raised two amazing girls on her own. I think about it every once and a while and I'm honestly impressed with how well my sister and I turned out and how much we are like our mom. My sister and I are two very independent, strong, talented, loving, educated, driven, outgoing, funny and amazing people. But what can I say, I have learned from the best.

My mom had taught me more about myself than I'd like to admit, and at times it's almost surreal to think of how similar we both are. Every kid when they're younger despises the thought that they're even remotely similar to their parents. I'll admit there was a time in my life when I was like that. But as I've grown and matured into the person I am today, I'm honored to say I'm like my mom.

I don't know how she does it, but every person she meets, she touches their life in a special way. They tell me time and time again how she's their angel, how amazing she is, and how lucky I am to have her in my life. Time and time again, I tell them I already know these things! She's my angel as well. All of my friends call her mom and talk to her like their own. She has more kids than I can count, but I know each of them are so grateful to know her. I know it's cliche to say, but I wouldn't be half the person I am today without her. I constantly tell her how she's going to be an active grandma in my future life because I need her to teach me how to raise my kids like she has raised me. She just laughs at times, but I'm serious about this.

As the years go by, I've learned to appreciate her more and more everyday. I take time to think about just how amazing she is and just how lucky I am that God let me be in her life. She knows about everything in my life and I talk to her like she's a best friend, because she is. She gives some of the best advice I've ever been given, she listens to me when I'm angry and need to vent, she sympathizes when I'm sad and helps me learn what to do next, and laughs at me when I'm being silly. I know these are all things mom's do, but I'm telling you- our relationship is different.

All of the happiest moments in my life involve my mom.

Another year has passed, and she's still the same age. I like to think around mid 30's ;). A true kid at heart. Only wanting to be happy and change the world one day at a time. Well she's clear on her way. So today, on her 30-something birthday (again) I want to remind her how much she means to my life and how much my love for her grows by the second. There's no one else on earth quite like my mom.

love you mom!!


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