Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

My sisters, our boyfriends, and my beautiful mom and my cousin's wedding. (My poor dad was stuck at the hotel with the stomach flu!) 

Summer nights with my sisters and mom.
 KKG Mom's Weekend at IU.
I know it's late for Mother's Day post, but there is no way I could pass through this whole day without acknowledging the amazing woman who shaped me into who I am today. And because she doesn't have Facebook, but she is Seven&Stitch's #1 fan, I thought this was the best way to share a little about my mama. So this one's for you, Mom!

If you keep up with the blog, you know I talk about her quite a bit. She and I have always had a great relationship, but it has gotten stronger in the past couple of years. My mom was there for me during the time I needed her most...and even after hearing me say the same thing a million times, she always listened. She called to check in, sent texts to make me smile, and made sure that I was okay. I have some amazing friends who have also helped me find my way the past few years, but no one was there for me like my mom was (and continues to be).

Growing up, I never classified my mom as my best friend. She was my mom. She enforced rules, taught us to be polite, and let us know when we made a bad choice. But she also took us shopping, let me skip first period so that I could get my license first thing on my 16th birthday, and always made it to tennis matches after-school events. She never got caught up in the "mom gossip" in high school, and although I always secretly wished that she would hang out with the other moms before school football games. it is only in the past few years that I have come to respect and appreciate her so much more for not doing those things. To put it simply, my mom is the best and so many of my favorable qualities come from her. 

I would trust my mom to pick our my wardrobe. I would trust her to decorate my apartment or plan my (currently hypothetical) wedding. My mother has the best style, and much of what I pretend to know about it, I learned from her. Aside from her sense of style, I also admire my mom's ability to be quietly confident in who she is. She has no interest in Facebook or social media (obviously one of the traits I did NOT pick up from her) and you will never hear her complain about others. She is perfectly happy spending time with my dad, checking in on her girls, hanging at home. It is so easy for me to get caught up in what other people think, but that's not how my mom operates. She knows who she is, what she stands for, and isn't easily swayed. I know, you may be thinking that this comes with age and maturity, but something tells me that my mom has always lived her life like this. And that, more than the fact that she has a killer handbag collection, is what I admire most. 

I continue to watch and learn and grow. My mom is one of my biggest role models, and as the years go by, I am finally seeing how people can call their moms their best friends. My mom being my mom throughout my teenage years made me who I am today. But as I settle in more and more to a person I am comfortable being, she is stepping more out of that mom role and into the friend role. But really, no matter what I call her, I know she will always be there for support, advice, or a good retail-therapy shopping trip. 

I love you lots, Mom! You deserve a happy day today, and every other day of the year. 

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