Monday, May 12, 2008

Mom's the Word

What a wonderful day yesterday was. I got to spend the day celebrating a woman who has become a true friend my mother.

First let me start out by saying my mom and I have always been close. My mom had me when she was quite a bit older and well that meant I got to spend much more time with her. I was involved in everything in school and my mom never missed any of it. Not one piano recital, not one cheerleading competition, not even a science fair.

My mom has always been someone I feel like I can talk to. I can't recall how many nights I would come home late after away games, and sit at the foot of mom's bed and talk for hours she used to get so mad at me. But I know she secretly loved it.

Senior year of high school proved to be rather difficult for us my mom was diagnosed with cancer and her world and mine were turned upside down. We decided together that we were going to take each day as it came. We laughed together, cried together, and had our fair share of ups and downs that year.

I went off to college to cheer and mom was my biggest fan I can remember my first college game every time I turned around that camera was in my face. I hated it at the time but now I wouldn't trade those memories for anything in the world.

After my inujury and I had to make the decision to leave school I called mom and told her and I remember actually sensing her heartbreak over the phone. I was the first of mom's seven kids to go to college and now I had to quit. I promised mom that day that I would finish my college degree someday and I am finally making good on that promise.

My mom is so incredibly strong to have endured all the things she has over the years.

She was my confidante and my terror when planning our wedding but I wouldn't have changed the tears that I saw from her that day.

Growing up and becoming a wife has made me appreciate my mom that much more. There were times I didn't appreciate my mom especially because she didn't have a model marriage for me to watch and learn from. In fact she was a single parent for most of my life. But when I look at her now I realize she did everything in her power to give me the best life possible and there are many times I took it for granted.

I love my mom she means the world to me and I am so thankful to have her in my life.

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