What to say? It would take forever to put into words how I feel being your daughter, how much I thank you for everything you’ve done for me, and how much you mean to me.
Since before the day you brought me into this world, you loved and cared for me – even while I was still inside you. You fed me, nurtured me, held me for 9 months. And from the day I was born, you fed me, kept me warm, changed my diaper, held me, taught me. There’s no way to repay something like that. So how could I even try to?
Mama, you are one of my best friends. I feel like I can share anything with you – and I have. You have been the biggest godly woman influence in my life, and I am able to see God manifested through you every single day…through how you honor Dad, how you train, teach and take care of us kids, how you strive to keep our house a happy home. I see how much of your precious time you pour into each and every one of us and how little time you have for yourself.
As you like to say, you are a ‘ruby in the rough’. I can see, every day, you displaying the Proverbs 31 woman in you. Ever since I was little, I will never forget that you were the last person I heard before I fell asleep at night, and the first person I heard in the morning. Ever since I was little, you were the one to clean up my scraped knee, put a bandaid on it, and kiss it. (I could swear that that kiss made it feel better) Ever since I was little, you have encouraged me in every single area in my life – from learning how to cook, to my writing, to knowing what God’s plan was for me, to my dream of becoming a wife and mommy someday. Ever since I was little, you gave up your time, your dreams, your goals to be the humble, beautiful homemaker who cares for me and six other children all day long, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
There is no way to be a perfect mother…but a million ways to be an amazing one. And you are.
‘Thank you’ doesn’t say enough, Mama. ‘I love you’ can be so overrated. But ‘thank you and I love you’ put together is the best I can think of. And resting in the knowledge that God will bless you more than I ever could.
Love always, but never enough,
Your Sweet Pea