How do I start? Mother's Day is a wonderful opportunity to thank you for what you have done for me and given me. With Kristen having 3 kids now, I do not know how you did what you did, with very little help. You were growing a farm with dad (being 50% of the labor force) while tending, caring and teaching 3 kids the farm lifestyle. You worked outside all day only to come in the house to feed, wash and put us to bed. Your day, however, was far from over. You washed the dishes, folded laundry, swept floors. Still not done, you then sat down for the first time in the day, usually after 10, not to watch TV and unwind, but to do all the paperwork that a farm required. You payed bills, filed papers, did taxes. Then maybe you laid down for a few hours, tossing and turning all night before getting up early the next day to do it all again. And you did this all at about 1/3-1/2 older than the "normal" parenting age. How you dealt with the stress-the debt, the never-ending thousands of dollar questions, the 2 kids (we know I don't count in the stressful part because I always was an angel), the very long hours for years on end, very few breaks, I will NEVER know. I never remember being babysat, except for the sleepovers with Grandma. YOU ARE MY HERO, MOM.
In the past few years, I've loved how our relationship has changed and matured. Our conversations have changed and how I've loved them. You are my first phone call with most problems, big or small. Most trips to your house end in hours of heart to heart conversations. You are an amazing woman that has showed me what hard work looks like. You've showed me a life filled with hard work, love and perseverance. You and Dad started with nothing and have built your empire. You will forever be the person I can call day or night about anything big or small. You are the person that will shoot me straight, but walk with me through it.
Mom, I want you to have fun with your life. I want you to not have so much stress. I want you to do what YOU want to do. There are millions of people today telling their mom that they are the best, but I know when I say you are the best it's deeply heart felt and I'm not writing these words just because. Honestly, you probably won't even read this, but I want the world to know how incredible you are.
I love you!