To the most amazing woman I know

Thank you for carrying me for 9 months in your body, enduring 36 hours of labor waiting for me to come into this world, wiping my butt, wiping my mouth, watching me sleep, making personal sacrifices for me, disciplining me, teaching me how to drive, how to be a lady, how to forgive, how to love, how to paint, how to be a great girlfriend, being patient with me through my rebellious teenage years, guiding me, forgiving me, loving me unconditionally, believing in me, watching me go, watching me fail, watching me change, praying for me on a daily basis, always being willing to sit and listen to me for hours, and always telling me the truth even when it hurt. 

As I write this with tears in my eyes, no words can describe how much I love my Mother. I skyped with her today from my hotel in Sydney. I wanted nothing more than to burst through my old front door with my arms full of flowers and give her a big long hug and wish her Happy Mother's Day. She took the words right out of my mouth today, expressing with tears her longing to wrap her arms around me and hug me in a way only a mother can. It was a complete reminder that no matter how tough or strong I think I am, I can be reduced to tears even as an adult by the woman who bore me just wanting something as simple, pure, and organic as an embrace from her daughter.

Mom, you're the most amazing woman I know and hands down I am the woman I am today because of you. Thanks for being so amazing. Happy Birthday and Mother's Day. 

I love you.