Thank You, Mom

When it comes down to it, it’s not the gifts that moms want on Mother’s Day.  It’s not the brunch, the birthstone jewelry, or the mani/pedis after church.  It’s not even the sweet fingerpainted handprint flower bouquets and homemade cards.  Though all these things are wonderful and are absolute treasures, it’s about a little bit more.

I truly think that moms just want to know that they are appreciated.

We just want to know that the little things, the day to day work that we tirelessly put in for our families, is not in vain.  We want to know that our children and our husbands not only love us, but are thankful for us, and grateful for our role in the family.  So on this Mother’s Day, I want to thank my mom for all those little things, that ended up being big things.  Those things that I now struggle with, wondering if anyone notices, anyone appreciates.  I want to tell my mom, that though there were years that it may have seemed like we were unappreciative, we are indebted to you for all that you did for us.

Thank you, Mom, for always being up and making me breakfast before school and for making my lunches everyday.  Now that I am doing it, I know that it is not a piece of cake like it seems.

Thank you for teaching me that “pretty is as pretty does,” and that “beauty is only skin deep,” and to “remember who you are and what you represent.”

Thank you for coming to ever chorus concert, every tennis meet, every football game, every everything.  Thank you for your support in every sport and activity that I ever had interest in.

Thank you for instilling in me a love for cooking.  Not only can I feed my family and enjoy doing it, but I can pass on family recipes and traditions to my children.

Thank you for cheering for Nebraska, even though you were never a fan before I went to school there.

Thank you for staying with Dad for over 34 years now.  I know that there have been good times and there have been bad times, but your relationship has been a constant baseline for my entire life.  Not only a relationship to model my own marriage on, but a relationship that has given me security and confidence.

Thank you for never letting me know how worried you were in every big life decision that I made.  I’m pretty sure that if I had known how worried you were, then I would have been terribly worried, and I’m sure you knew that.  So thank you for always being so strong and supportive, whether or not that’s actually how you felt.  It always made me feel more confident in my decisions.

Thank you for cleaning my house when you come to visit.  I know you always feel like you haven’t done much when you have been here a few days, but you have no idea how great it is for me to not have to worry about cleaning the bathrooms and mopping the floors after you leave.

Thank you for sending cards to my children for holidays and also ordinary days,  I remember getting cards in teh mail from my grandparents growing up, and it was always so special to me.  I know the same is true for Brantley, Gracie and Ben.

Thank you for being the first person I always want to call to talk to, whether good or bad news, something funny or something sad, something I see or hear, or just to talk when I’m in the car.  I always call you first, and look forward to talking to you the most.

Mom, you are irreplaceable, appreciated, honored, loved, and adored.  Thank you for everything, big, and small, that you have done for me in my life.  I love you so much.  Happy Mother’s Day!

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