Happy Mother’s Day weekend everyone! I hope all of you can celebrate with the special women in your life. I’d like to dedicate this post to one woman in particular – my mom. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have the mom that I do. She is one of the kindest people I know – always giving herself to others. She’s my mentor, cheerleader and I love her “more then there are stars in the sky”.
I have learned so much from my mom. It’s hard to put down on paper all of the things I have learned from this phenomenal woman, but if I had to pick, here’s a Top 11.
- Unconditional Love! My mother has shown me unconditional love throughout my entire life and it has meant the world to me. She never wanted a genius baby – she just wanted a healthy, above average child that loved life. It was great to grow up without all the pressure of being a straight A student, but instead to be well-rounded.
- Thank You notes (and other small acts of kindness). My mother taught me at an early age what a thank you note and sweet gesture can do for someone’s day. I remember the first year I went away to camp, I was really nervous about being away from home for so long. As I unpacked my suitcase, I found little gifts wrapped up to open each day. It was so thoughtful and immediately made me feel at ease. She continued to do this for the next 6 years I went to camp. I try and do little things as much as possible because it means so much to be on the receiving end.
- Be Kind. Always, always be mindful of other people’s feelings.
- Always watch the oven when you broil bread. As soon as you walk away – it will burn.
- How to clean your bathroom like you were being paid! My grandparents built and owned a motel in Custer, South Dakota and when my mom was growing up she got a job cleaning rooms. You don’t really know how to fold a hospital corner or clean your bathroom sink till it sparkles, until you’ve been taught by my mother.
- Compassion. My mother has the biggest heart of anyone I know. Not only does she give her time to several non-profits in town, she loves taking care of people, and would do anything she could to help anyone – even if she didn’t know them.
- No one on earth can make you feel better when you’re sick than your mother. To this day, when I’m sad, sick, run-down, or hurt, all I really want is my mom. She’s always there when I need her.
- When at the grocery store and you don’t know the difference between whole milk, buttermilk, or half and half – your mother knows. I call my mother every single week while I’m at the grocery store because I need help with a recipe I’m making.
- Don’t grow up too fast. I am so thankful that my mom let me be a kid and didn’t let me grow up too fast. I remember begging her to see PG-13 movies before I turned 13 and my mom barely ever budged. Now that I’m older, I am so thankful of that.
- Follow your heart. Whenever I call my mom with a new adventure that I am thinking about taking, she is always 100% supportive. She encourages me to go after my dreams and never holds me back. I am SO appreciative of that constant love and support.
- No matter how old you get – you still need your mom, (you might even need her more then ever!)
Thank you mom for the past 26 years. I love you.
What has your mother taught you? What are you most thankful for this Mother’s Day?