It would be difficult for me to thank just my mom as I feel I have been blessed with two moms in my life. The first is obviously the woman who carried me in her womb and gave birth to me. The second mom (or Mama as we call her) is my mother in law. I know so many friends who have an ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ relationship with their mother in law. Not me! I am so blessed to have her in my life. Now that I have identified my two moms…how can I say thanks? I really doubt I will ever have the words to thank them for what they have taught me but I still want to try to get them out.
Mom – thanks for being a fighter. I know it would have been easy to lose hope and give up when the doctors told you you would have chemo for a second time. But you kept fighting. I loved that you always wanted to see new pictures of the boys while you were in the hospital. Thank you for taking time to talk to Isaiah while you were sick. You were always upbeat when you spoke to him and I appreciate the fact that you never let on to him that you didn’t feel well. You continued to let that two year old little boy know that you cared. You allowed me to share quiet times with you. Thanks for leaning on me. You taught me how to not just be a daughter but a source of comfort and strength.
Mama – thank you for your son, who completes all my short comings! You raised him to be a Godly man who leads his family, an honest man who values integrity and a modest man who will never admit how wise he is! You taught me how to stand firm when I needed to discipline my own children and you have taught me how to allow them to be boys! Thank you for taking time to teach me a skill in cake decorating. I know it was/is time consuming and I still have tons of questions but you always have patience with me! More importantly, thank you for giving me an example of a healthy mom/son relationship and a view of how to let go when that time comes. I hope my boys respect and honor me the way Heath does you.
Thanks to Mom and Mama – I know you both make me who I am and give me courage to strive to be who I can.