Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is your birthday and I am embarrassed to say that I couldn’t even get your card in the mail on time.  {Sigh}

I was stewing about it today when it dawned on me that I have the perfect avenue to wish you a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday Mom

So many times I struggle to find the words to express how I feel about you.  How do I tell the woman who gave birth to me how important she is to my life?  You have given so much of your life to my happiness and well-being without thought or consequence of your own.  Simple words, gifts and no amount of cards seem enough …. do they?

Here are a few simple thoughts for a woman who never gave up on me, from a daughter who is grateful for all her love and support!

* Everything I have done and accomplished, you have been right there cheering me on {either that or dragging me to the starting block as I was too busy having fun to be bothered with the actual swim meet =) }!

* We have our differences…. sometimes you even make me want to scream; but it is only because you are challenging my thoughts and opinions, pushing me to be a better person.  This bond is forever binding us together.

Shaunna and Andrea 50th Anniversary

* You are BEAUTIFUL!  Woman never get tired of hearing this, but struggle in the belief when they do.  Mom, never forget that you are beautiful!

* Just because we do not talk on a day-to-day basis doesn’t mean that you are not in every inch of my heart; just as you have been from the start!  Oh, I think that might rhyme!

There are days that I think of you and tears come instantly to my eyes.  I miss you, but know that you are in and around me every single day.  I take comfort in this simple fact!

No matter the time, you are always there for my sisters and I.  Don’t even let me start on your grand kids! Their lives are so much richer with you teasing and kidding them.  All laughs aside, you are their biggest supporters, just like you were (and still are) for your three daughters.

Andrea and Shaunna

Mom, today I celebrate your life!  You are a daughter, a sister, a mother and a wife who is treasured by many.  My wish for you is to realize how very  loved you are!  You truly are the light in so many of our lives!

I love you!

         Shaunna

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