To My Mom on her Birthday,
I am so thankful for you! You've always been the most kind, gentle, and selfless person I know. The way you sacrifice for me and my siblings and the whole family every day will not go unnoticed by our Savior.
You have raised us to be God-fearing and loving. You cared for us and loved us and supported us when we were young and growing and still do now that we are older. Despite all that happened as we grew, you never let any circumstance or trial interfere with how much you loved us. You always put us first before yourself.
You showed me how a mother should raise and love and treat her daughter... with gentleness, warm hugs, lots of "I love you's" and lots of prayer. Thank you for loving me in my teenage years. I never meant those mean words I spoke and I 100% blame hormones, haha. I always looked to you on how to act and although I may of not lived it out then, I still remember how you treated others with kindness and how you always prayed. I always thought of you as the best mom ever. I still do! Thank you for being patient with me through the years and for being such an amazing mom.
I can't imagine all of the tears, sweat, heartache, joy, and pain that went into raising us. Being a mother takes so much sacrifice, I see that in your life. Yet you have NEVER once complained about being a mom. You adore your job as a mom more than anything and I'm so glad that I have such a good role model to look up to once our little girl is born in three months.
Thank you for loving Joe like he is your own son. We both love you so much. I'm so thankful that God gave me you for a mom because you showed me how a parent should be. Your love overflows for your kids. Thank you for being such a compassionate, warm and inviting, patient person. This world needs more moms like you. I want to be just like you when I grow up. You have shown me how to be like Christ in the way that you are so sweet and meek and kind.
Thank you for being so funny. I see myself in you so much as I grow up. We tell the same jokes, laugh the same way, and now that I am grown and married and can look into your life from the outside looking in, I see overwhelming JOY. You are always laughing, smiling, cracking jokes, being silly, and that is something I love.. something everyone who is around you loves! God definitely uses you to make people smile.
Mom, I love you so much and I'll always be your little Katie Bug. I'm so glad that my little girl gets to have a grandma as amazing as you. She is going to have an amazing role model to look up to and I'm so glad that you are you.
Happy birthday, you young pretty thing.
Joe, Penny, our little baby, and I love you!