Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mother's Day (a little late). My AMAZING mom....

She is my mom, my best friend, my soul mate. I love her! I can't go a day without talking to her AT LEAST once! I can tell her anything and everything, and she always listens. She offers me the best advice, helps me see things clearly, but most of all, she is there for me no matter what.

We have a special connection. I respect her as my mom, I look up to her, and admire her. At the same time, she is also my friend. We can laugh, and have oh so much fun together. We can be silly or serious. We also seem to be strangely connected. Sometimes she will call and say, "is your ankle hurting today? Because mine is"....and guess what?!?! usually mine is too! One time I had a weird allergic reaction and broke out in hives everywhere. I called her to tell her, and she had been itching like crazy for the previous 10 minutes. Yes, it is very weird.

I have countless memories with my mom. She has always been there in my life, 100%. I remember forts she built us, going on walks exploring our own little world. She used to set up chairs for Michaela and I to stand on while we made cookies together....with our aprons dangling to our ankles. We made crafts, colored pictures, read books, listened to music. We went on picnics, rode our bikes to the ice cream parlor, and dug in the dirt with spoons. I always felt safe and secure with my mom. I always felt her love and warmth. She has always had infinite hugs, kisses, and "I love you's"...she still does.

My mom has been my biggest fan. She was always the one waiting for me at the finish line after a race. She has driven thousands of miles and sat in the bleachers and on the sidelines in extreme heat, wind, rain, snow, you name it....she was always there cheering. She never missed an awards ceremony, concert, or special event that was important to me. She has always expressed encouragement and awarded me with her approval.

I love to see her play with Kaden. To do things with him that I remember doing as a child. He is lucky to have her so close. I sometimes feel guilty about having to work, and not being able to be with him as much as I would like. It is always so reassuring knowing that he is with his Nana. He is blessed, and so am I.

My mom is always ready to help in any way she can. She has driven Matt to countless appointments, watches Kaden when I am working or need a night out, picks up things for me here and there and will never let me pay her back, etc. I could go on and on, but she is honestly the most selfless, caring, and charitable person I know. Her faith and perseverance are a shining example to me. She is positive, upbeat, and always sees the bright side to everything. She is spiritually connected and in tune with those around her. I hope to someday be just like she is, or even 1/2 of who she is. I love her, and am thankful for her everyday. She is my mom, my soul mate, my best friend.

4 generations. My mom's mom, Merilyn, my Nonie, is so special to me. She has been very involved in our lives and we have a close relationship. I have endless memories of her and special things we have done together. We have spent nearly every Christmas, Thanksgiving, and 4th of July together. She (and Papa) have been to numerless recitals, track meets, graduations, birthday parties, and any other reason we can find to celebrate. I love her and hope we have many more celebrations together.

Since I have never mentioned it before...I LOVE BEING A MOM! I love this little boy more than words expression. I never knew I would be capable of so much love. He is the light of my life.

1 comment:

Dan & Ashley said...

Thank you for that beautiful post Jess. Your Mom is one of the most amazing people I know too and I love her dearly. But don't worry, you are clearly her daughter because you are ALSO amazing!!! I'm so lucky to know you both.

Oh and BTW....we are trying to plan a trip to Colorado this summer almost for sure!! Probably in July or August. Not positive yet. When we get some more dates nailed down I will call you and make sure you guys are there for them. Love you guys and can't wait to see you!!!