Today is my mom's birthday! And since I'm not home to tell her "Happy Birthday!" in person, I figured what better way to say it than on a virtual card I made (of) myself? :)

Today's post is a little different than my usual. Today is more personal..get your tissues ready.

This will forever be my favorite picture of my mom: happy, cooking in her kitchen.

If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting my mom, she is one of the most amazing women that will ever walk this earth. And she is one amazing cook. I can't tell you how many hours I have spent in that kitchen, with my mom and Monk (my grandmother), and I can't tell you how much I cherish those hours. I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene! Being away from home for birthdays and holidays really makes me realize just how important family is. (Momma, I'm sure by now you're crying. It's ok, I am too...another wonderful thing I have inherited from you!) I can't imagine who or where I would have ended up if I hadn't had my mom in my life. We have been through a lot together. I am the youngest of 3 girls and last to leave home, so we got to spend a lot of quality time together, even though at the time I didn't always appreciate it. Even after being out of the house before I moved to New York, I know I still took spending time with my mom for granted. I sure do miss it now. No one will ever be able to fill the place of a mother. There are just some days that suck and you need someone to vent to and a shoulder to cry on, someone who won't judge you but will just listen and understand and comfort you and tell you it will all be ok. My mom has always been there for me, even from 1,000 miles away. God has blessed me with such a wonderful mother and has given me some big shoes to fill. I am so thankful for my mom and the way she and my family raised me. She always taught me to be nice to all the kids at school, to be respectful to my elders, to cherish every day God gives me, and to not dwell on things that really don't matter. These things seem so simple, but the simple things in life are what mean the most.

I love you so much and I hope this year is one of your best birthdays yet, even though I'm not there to give you a big hug and kiss and cook dinner for you then rub your feet, haha! Thank you for everything you have done, I really do appreciate it all. I hope I have been a pretty easy child to raise and haven't given you too many grey hairs :) I love you so much and I will see you in a few weeks for Thanksgiving! 


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