I can’t even begin to tell you just how much you mean to me. You’re not perfect, I mean, who is? But you are perfect for me. From the day I was born, you have been my biggest supporter, the one who loved me most and my best friend. I’ve always been a mommy’s girl and I am to this day. Looking back on my life, I don’t know where I would be without you. You put away your dreams to help me reach mine. You quit your job to stay home with me. You encouraged my aspirations (and some of them were pretty big) and you gave me a reality check when I needed it. Some people say you were a strict mom, but I say you were a loving mom. If you didn’t push me, if you didn’t punish me and if you didn’t laugh with me, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t be the person, the woman, the Christian, the daughter, the sister, the friend, the wife and the mother I am today if it weren’t for you. I’m a better person because of you.
You taught me to love unconditionally, to not be afraid to go for something I want and to not be afraid of just being me. I’m not perfect. I wasn’t always the daughter I should have been, I broke rules, I lied and I may have “let you down” a few times, but you never once stopped loving me or turned your back on me. It’s because of you that I’m where I’m at today. If I need something, I can pick up the phone and call you, even if it’s just to talk. My life wouldn’t be the same without you.
I thank God every day that you’re my mom. I am proud to be your daughter. You are selfless. You never put your needs before anyone’s. You go above and beyond the call of a person, a woman, a mother, a daughter and a friend to be there for someone else. If I could be half the person you are, I’d consider myself blessed. If I could change one thing about you, do you know what that would be? The ability for you to see yourself the way I see you. You don’t give yourself enough credit. You are an amazing and wonderful person that I get the privilege of calling mom.
Do you know what else I’m thankful for? That my son gets to call you grandma. You have been the best grandma. He gets so excited to see you. He gets excited when he just sees your house. Michael is so blessed to have you in his life. To love on him and to spoil him. I love watching your relationship grow and develop.
So I want to end this letter by telling you thank you. Thank you for everything you have ever done for. Everything I’ve mentioned and all the things I didn’t. I couldn’t imagine my life without you.
I love you.
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