Mother’s Day this year was a milestone Mother’s Day. I was celebrating the 10th Mother’s Day I have been blessed with. Over the past ten years, I can think of pivotal times where being a mother was often scary and yet, joyful. These were often the times that I have had a major life event of Daniella or she did something amazing.
Each year as I celebrate being a mother, I am often reminded of how many times I wished Daniella would just stay little or stay my baby just a little longer (even though she will always be my only baby).
Each year, the presents homemade from school get more cherished and more loved by me. I think about how someday (sooner than I would like to admit) these little homemade gifts will be no longer. Oh, how I cherish each one. She puts special thought into each glue stick stroke and her face is so bright when she hands them to me with much excitement for me to see all the love she poured out for me. Tiny little gifts by these tiny little hands that were once in my belly make my swoon over how priceless each stroke of the marker is that colored in the huge Happy Mother’s Day heart on the front of the card. Hot pink because she knows that is my most favorite of colors.
Sweet girl, thank you for loving me. Thank you for showing me how to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. Thank you for blessing me with a kiss each morning and a kiss each night. A decade of celebrating being your mom, and yet I want to celebrate you. I want to shout from the roof tops to the heavens and thank God that he has faithfully and wonderfully made you. I celebrate you and your courage to put in thoughts and prayers through our good times and bad. I celebrate that you are the image of me and the best image of you. You are such a loving, strong-willed, princess. All of those things make me wake with joy that I get to tip toe to your bedroom and wake you each morning just how you like.
Thank you for letting me be your mom. Thank you for letting me learn and grow with you. Thank you for dancing in the kitchen with me and singing at the top of our lungs to the songs we love so much. Thank you for being the god-fearing little girl you love to be and sing his praises so wonderfully. Thank you. I love you to the moon and back all around again.
Love always and forever,