How do I even begin to explain who you are and who you’ve been in my life? You are the most selfless person I’ve ever known. You’ve stood by your husband, you’ve molded your children. You made breakfasts, packed lunches, cheered me on from the stands for every sport I’ve ever played. You’ve chauffeured, you cooked, you’ve cleaned, you’ve stayed up late and gotten up early. Way early. You know where every sock and lost pair of pants are, you know all our shoe sizes, you know our humors. You’ve seen us at our best and you’ve seen us at our worst. You’ve set an amazing example of what it means to be a wife and mother who treasures her family and never faltered in keeping our family unit together. You insisted on family dinners every night at 6 o’clock. You recognized the importance and solidity a strong family has, and you made it happen for us. More often than not, you’ve been the voice of reason in every situation, in every fight. You remind us of the bigger picture, or the little things we’ve overlooked. You are the glue to our family, and don’t ever think we don’t know who it is that keeps Dad from falling apart. You’ve done thousands of things that make our family who we are.
We’ve teased you about asking what we want for dinner before we’ve finished breakfast, and the way you say “yallow” instead of “yellow”. We’ve disagreed about the state of cleanliness in my room, both knowing it was you who was right. You are unique. You are beautiful and you are smart. And you’re a great mom.
This post may make you uncomfortable. I know you don’t really like being recognized publicly and you prefer the quiet role found in supporting and encouraging. But today, I want to shout as loud as I can that you are an amazing mom. Sometimes you feel overlooked, sometimes it’s like all the things you do go unnoticed. But on this day we take the time to celebrate your life and your motherhood and the incredible mom you are. Your three daughters love you and who we are today is because of you.