To My Children: Being a mother is the most challenging, and rewarding, experience of my life. You have taught me what it means to be unconditionally loved, how to unconditionally love another, to want something better for someone else than what I want for myself, and helped me understand who I am in ways I don’t know that I would have ever discovered if it weren’t for you. You are my everything.
Tyler: When I first became a mother, at the age of 17, I had no idea what to expect. Being a teenage mother was hard; I barely knew who I was and I feel guilty for wasting much of your early years on trying to find myself rather than focusing on being your mom. We grew up together. You showed me what it means to be someone’s world and how it feels to have the love of a son. There is nothing else like it. Thank you for your understanding. For forgiving me when I make mistakes. For taking me as I am. For laughing with me and being my roll dog. For respecting me and helping me find the balance between guiding and dictating. And most of all, thank you for healing my heart after the loss of my first-born son only one year before you came along. You saved me. I am forever grateful.
Madison: When I asked God to bless me with a daughter I had no clue what I was in for! You are so much like me it is scary but also gives me comfort because I know that you will be alright. You show me what true kindness is. The way you love and care for me is unlike anything I have ever experienced. You are the sweetest child I have ever known. Thank you for being you. For being the best mommy’s little helper. For accepting me for who I am. For appreciating me. For being my best friend. For allowing me to live vicariously through you. For giving me your honest opinions. For being an old soul whose wisdom is far beyond your years. I have always had the best relationship with my mother and I am so thankful that I have that same relationship with you. Genuine love, friendship, and respect.
Jayden: My unexpected surprise. You have tested my patience, and also given me the greatest gift; one that I did not know I needed. I love the way you call me momma and look at me as if I hold the world in the palm of my hands. You have shown me the kind of mom that I want to be. The mom that I am after having learned a few lessons along the way to raising your brother and sister. The mom that I am as an adult. The kind of mom who truly puts her kids first and makes them a priority. Thank you for being so loving. For being so funny. For being my little guy. For being my biggest parenting challenge. For showing me that I can do this; that I can be a single mother with three kids who somehow gets it right. You will always be my baby; now, and forever.
Always remember that I LOVE YOU! <3