To my momma…
I don’t know what I would do without you. I don’t know where I would be right now if you hadn’t been such an amazing mother for me as a little girl. You’re one of the strongest women I know and your perseverance and fun, creative nature continue to inspire me every day.
From growing up with your home daycare business almost all of my life, I definitely feel ahead of the game when it comes to children (especially since my first two real jobs basically revolved around them. For better or for worse…). I felt extra qualified as a babysitter and know that having children is more than just cute faces and silly games. You’ve shown me how to nurture and care for others, how to bring out the best in them to help them learn and grow. I can understand how little minds work and you taught me how to lead with a stern yet gentle heart. You’ve dealt with the good, the bad, and the ugly and I know very few days were easy, but you never gave up on your “other” children. You’ve shown me patience (though I still have none of it, what can I say). You’ve shown me unrelenting love. And it wasn’t just me. You left your mark on all of those daycare kids’ lives. You take pride in their accomplishments to this day, keeping up with them and their families on Facebook. As their parents say, these kids still talk about “Miss Lisa” all the time. I can only hope to have an impact near as great on someone as you have done for so many.
“She has fire in her soul and grace in her heart.”
As a family, you’ve sacrificed so much for us. From picking us up from school and driving us to lacrosse practice to randomly treating us to lunch and doing a seriously never-ending pile of laundry, I doubt you had very much time to yourself to do what you wanted to do. I can’t thank you enough for being so present in our lives, chaperoning field trips and contributing to potlucks and attending every game and performance we were in. We always knew you would be there for us, no matter the occasion.
I know you’re still always there for me, even being five hours away. You come down to celebrate my birthday and spend State’s parents weekend with me. You always pick up my FaceTime calls, even if it’s the fourth day in a row because I can’t remember what I’ve left at home. I haven’t been able to go home for Easter for the past two years, but you still send me a special package so I know I’m not alone.
You’ve always been there for me academically as well. You were never that “helicopter parent” and you trusted me to get done what I needed to; that truly made all the difference. Knowing how to help without being overbearing is a skill many of my peers have complained their parents lack. You may joke about “getting that 5.0” now that I’m in college, but I know that you’re always proud of my honest best.
You understand my shyness and anxiety and you know how to support me through it, whether I need a helping hand or a little push to put myself out there. You don’t try to blow if off or disregard my concerns, and that’s always meant a lot to me.
You try your hardest to teach me your special recipes, even though I’m an absolute mess in the kitchen. I may always find a way to drop the most fragile container in the cabinet or spill the stickiest of batters, but you always help me keep going. I mean, you haven’t kicked me out of the kitchen yet so that must mean something 😉
You let me learn by doing. You never get frustrated and take over when I don’t get something right the first time and you don’t go back and redo what I’ve already done. You’ve always encouraged me and because of that, you’ve taught me the value in never giving up.
Because I recognize how you never give up.
You’re always my shopping buddy (which we both know is a challenge in and of itself 😉 ). You’re always my lunch date. You’re always up for any excursion I can dream of; I definitely get my sense of adventure from you.
I love that we take selfies at every opportunity possible and I love that most of those selfies aren’t…normal. Case in point: I thought I had a ton of good pictures for this post…turns out we’re very good at making strange faces and I know I’d get an angry text for posting them 😉
I love that we take the perfect Snapchat voice changer videos. I watch at least one every single day and they still have me dying laughing! I’ve got 31 saved on my phone right now and I refuse to take them off. How else are we going to annoy my father?
I love that you get my strange sense of humor. Actually, I love that I got it from you. We laugh at the weirdest things, but my favorite will always be how you almost fell off of the bed watching Bridesmaids. You know what I’m talking about 😉
We make our own fun and we can be entertained together for hours. Remember that car ride down to Raleigh where we didn’t reach to turn on the radio once? We definitely would have driven anyone else in that car absolutely insane, but it is still one of my favorite road trips!
I know I joke about never wanting to come home, but that’s because you’ve raised me to be the strong, independent woman ( 😉 ) I am today. You’ve given me all I needed to “leave the nest” so to speak, but I always look forward to weekend visits, the hours of FaceTime, and your surprisingly perfect use of bitmojis in texts.
For the million thank yous that went unsaid, I appreciate everything you do.
Love you always!
“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”
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