So I thought I would take this opportunity to write a letter to my own mother and thank her for all the wonderful things she is and has done.
:: Thank you for carrying me for nine months.
:: Thank you for having the courage to have tons of kids, thereby giving me so many siblings to love (and fight with).
:: Thank you for giving up so much of yourself to stay home and take care of the house and us children.
:: Thank you for sitting with me in the kitchen when I was about 8 years old and was scared of The Land Before Time and couldn't finish watching it with the rest of the family.
:: Thank you for putting up with me through my teenage years and the hormones that went with it.
:: Thank you for taking me out for ice cream even when I failed my driving road test (the first time).
:: Thank you for taking me car shopping for my first car.
:: Thank you for making each holiday growing up so special.
:: Thank you for giving me an appreciation for a good sale or clearance.
:: Thank you for taking me out to lunch at Olive Garden on my 18th birthday.
:: Thank you for teaching me proper values and standards to live by just by your being a good example.
:: Thank you for crying at my college graduation. It may me feel so appreciated.
:: Thank you for cooking delicious meals even when times were tough.
:: Thank you for pushing me to establish goals for my life even when I was mad at you for doing so.
:: Thank you for teaching me how to sew.
:: Thank you for showing me how to play War when I was sick with chicken pox.
:: Thank you for training me how to go on the potty. I can't tell you how many times that's come in handy.
:: Thank you for teaching me not to be paranoid about minor scrapes and boo boos.
:: Thank you for admonishing me with "What Would Jesus Do?" even when it was really annoying.
:: Thank you for being available when I need(ed) a shoulder to cry or lean on.
:: Thank you for being the person who knows a little bit about everything so I always had someone to go to for the answer.
:: Thank you for loving my child(ren).
:: Thank you for being outgoing and such a people person.
:: Thank you for not forcing me to eat things I really don't like (like cooked oatmeal and coconut).
:: Thank you for letting me learn from my mistakes but being there to help pick me up and try again.
:: Thank you for all the little things that I can't even begin to realize you did that made our house a home and our lives so blessed.
Happy Mother's Day Mom! I love you.
~ Hannah Lamb