This Mother's Day, I just want to make sure you know how much I appreciate you. You have always been, and still are, a huge part of my life, and I'm VERY thankful that I don't just get to enjoy you as a mother, but also as a grandmother.
~Thank you for all the times you woke up in the middle of the night for me. Especially the ones after I didn't need to eat anymore.
~Thank you for the thousands of hours you spent reading out loud to me. You are the reason I love The Lord of the Rings, and Narnia. Some may not thank you for that, since they would say I take it a teensy bit (ok, a LOT) too seriously, but that's neither here nor there O:). I am especially thankful for your example, because now I can read to my son(s) and know what will come of it.
~Thank you for all the meals you cooked for me that I never thanked you for. Maybe not so much the lima beans, but everything else - yes ;)
~Thank you for homeschooling me, and sticking with it. Thank you for making it fun, even in the face of my groaning and complaining and general uncooperative spirit that I'm sure I exhibited quite a bit. I felt embarrassed by you a lot when I was a kid, but it was only because I way taking myself waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too seriously. (Guys, my mom wrote songs to help us remember stuff. Like, all the countries in Africa. And we went on a Marco Polo expedition. And she made us eat hardtack. And we spent the whole day stuck on the porch to simulate being on an explorers ship in the 1600's. She's amazing).
~Thank you for letting me be who I wanted to, and not trying to live your desires vicariously through me.
~Thank you for disciplining me.
~Thank you for looking 45 when you're actually almost.... a bit older than you look. I'm excited about those genes :D
~Thank you for making homemade bread and cooking lots of vegetables.
~And last, but certainly not least, thank you for taking over a week out of your life, to come to my crowded, cluttered house, and sacrifice the whole time you were here. Thank you for washing dishes, packing tons of boxes, keeping a very busy toddler occupied, holding a very large baby, staying up late, getting up early, cleaning my kitchen(s) and bathroom(s), and doing it all my way. I literally COULD NOT have done it without you.
I hope I can be as good a mom to my kids as you were/are to me.
Happy Mother's Day :-*