2011 06/05

The echo of mom

The one thing that I am so very thankful for growing up is the influence of strong women in my life.  Just as diverse as the women in my life were/are, so is their strength.  Each specifically influencing my life in their own unique way.

I love each one of you and am so blessed to have you as a part of my life.  Whether your presence was a mere blink of time or if you’re still influencing me today, the lessons you have taught me about being a mom and a woman continue to echo on…

Great-Grandma Ruby — I miss the joy and love and happiness shining through your smile every time you walked into the room.  I so wish my girls could have met you!

Grandma Rose, who showed me the importance of family and how our family extends far beyond bloodlines.  And for showing me, daily, strength and perseverance.

Grandma Bruning (Baker), who prayed for me daily and taught me about faith.  Who taught me that, although parents might divorce each other, families do not.  I’m so thankful she has found happiness and love once again.

Mom, where do I begin? It is obvious she is a product of my Grandma Rose because she, too, has demonstrated strength and perseverance to me my entire life.  She has taught me the importance of hard work and not just expecting or waiting for things to happen to/for you.  She has never given up on her kids, even when times got tough or when I know she really wanted to.  She is sacrificial.  She is selfless.  Determination. Love unconditional.

I am also very fortunate to have an array of beautiful women in my life in the form of sisters, in-laws, aunts, mentors, and friends, both in real life and online.  It would take me a lifetime to write out what each and every one of you have taught me.  Know that I am in your debt.

Mostly though, I am so unbelievably thankful for the influence you have each had on my kids’ lives and for how your lessons of love, family, strength, determination, faith, and perseverance will hopefully echo through me to my daughters.

One day just doesn’t seem nearly enough to celebrate all that you are!  Happy Mother’s Day!

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