Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Wonderful Mom

With Mother’s Day approaching I have spent lots of time and energy looking for the perfect gift for my Mom, but with no avail. I have picked up items and studied them carefully, but nothing so far has portrayed her greatness. Nothing has screamed nor even whispered, thank you Mom for loving and nurturing me and giving me a wonderful example of what a mom is supposed to be. Nothing I buy could express just how wonderful I believe she is and how blessed I am to have her in my life. While I don’t wait until Mother’s Day to show her my love, I take the time to do that every day, I believe we also need to tell those we love the words of our heart.
I hope God blesses me with the perfect words to express the love in my heart for my Mom.
First let me say I believe God picked out my Mom especially for me. He knew I would need someone strong to give me the kind of love I needed. He knew it would take someone strong to see beyond my tangible scars and love me anyway. He didn’t just give me any Mom— He gave me the best He had to offer.
To my wonderful Mom,
When I think about the day I was born and the beautiful story you tell of my birth, I’m awed by your strength and love for me. I know it was so hard for you to see my scars and accept them and love me in a way that I needed to be loved. I know it was so hard for you to stand by and watch me struggle to do things normal children do automatically and not rush to help me. I know it was so hard for you to constantly watch me fall and find the strength to not always pick me up.
I know it was so hard for you to see other people stare at me and not be able to shield me from the cruelty of the world. I know it was so hard for you to find the perfect balance of love and discipline to help me become the person I needed to be.
But you did! Regardless of your struggles, you never faltered in my eyes. You never referred to me as handicapped or made me ever feel anything but unconditional love from you. You never hid my hands for pictures or reflected any type of shame. You told me over and over again there was nothing wrong with me and showed me by your actions everyday that you meant it.
You knew one day I would have questions that you couldn’t answer and heartaches your magic kisses couldn’t comfort, and you took me to church so I could find both. You assured me God didn’t make a mistake, I was exactly as he intended for me to be.
You taught me the beauty of friendship and the power of love. You taught me to dream big and believe in my dreams. You taught me to be kind to others and treat them how I wanted to be treated. You taught me that I was never disabled, but very able to do anything I wanted to do.
I don’t know how to thank you for all that you’ve done for me. I know that you are the reason I live a normal life because you taught me to never settle for anything less than everything. I’m so thankful you turned to God for your guidance and allowed Him to direct you. I’m so thankful you’re my biggest fan. Regardless of what I face or endure, just knowing that you believe in me gives me the strength to keep going.
Thank you, Mom, for everything! I’m so thankful you loved and accepted me first and helped me to love and accept myself. I’m so glad God gave us each other!

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