This post is an excerpt from the love letter I gave my mom on her birthday:
Dear Mom, Today as we celebrate you I wanted to let you know how important you are in my life. Happy Birthday. Just like it is hard for me to believe that my kids are growing up, it's hard for me to believe that you have reached this milestone. You have traveled sixty five times around the sun, and with each passing you have learned a little bit more about yourself, with each time around you have grown more beautiful.
There are so many moments in my life where I felt your love and pride. Moments where you made me feel like I was the most important person in the world. And today, I am wondering did I leave you with the same feeling? Do you know how much I love you, how proud I am of you?
I am proud that you let your emotions flow so freely. I am proud that you are the kind of lady who laughs so hard she pees her pants. When something sad touches your heart, you cry just as easily. You live out loud. Experiencing your life to its fullest.
I admire how courageously adapted to the stages of your life. Whether the changes of your life were new and exciting or challenging and difficult, you have met them with an open heart. Always remaining optimistic about what the future may hold.
I am thirty seven years old. An adult. Gone is the mouthy child who thought she knew it all. In her place stands a woman who still looks to her mother as a compass when making decisions. A sail when she needs encouragement. And an anchor when she needs comfort and stability. Thank-you for these gifts. I love you so much, xoxo.