If I think too long about how much I love her and how wonderful she is it can bring tears to my eyes. She carries the problems and burdens of everyone she loves on her small shoulders and makes it look easy. Not only that, but she does it with a smile. She is small in appearance but her spirit and energy is as solid and gleaming as steel. She has been a part of my life before I even existed and I can't imagine a world in which she is not there to encourage me and support me through lifes many trials and tribulations. She is loved by everyone who knows her and her strength radiates even as she smiles. She is as beautiful as she is strong. She is my mother and I am so lucky to have been blessed to have her in my life. I don't know if there is any way I could ever re pay her for what she does so I won't even try. You can't put a price tag on what she's done. All I can do is be thankful and do what I can to show her how grateful I am and how much I love her. I will always remain in awe of her amazing qualities. My mother brought me into this world and has been by my side through all of my ups and downs. I remember her waking up early in the morning to make us breakfast before we went to school in the morning and shuttling us around to all of our various school activities all the while still making sure to have dinner on the table. I have a memory waving back at her as she watched me walk down the block to elementary school. I used to feel so sad for her leaving her all alone every day while I got to go off to school and play. Little did I know she could actually use the break from her little rug rats. I only wish I had half the energy and good will that she does. She is off to work, working out at the gym, having date night with my dad, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, tending the yard, doing laundry, going to church where she sometimes works in the nursery, and sending care packages to my little sister at college. She even remembers to send out birthday cards and gifts for graduations and birthdays. If anyone ever needs a place to stay in a time of need her front door is wide open. Her heart is big enough to embrace not only who she cares about, but also who her family cares about as well. All of this in addition to her own full time job, part time esthetician job and trying to fit in her own life all the while taking care of ours. My mother is an energizer bunny with a heart of gold. She energetically embraces life and takes whatever comes her way without complaint. She cares so much, wants the best for all of us, and has worked hard for a long time to see that we got it. In the middle of everything she undertook the huge task of going to cosmetology school and getting her esthetician license. She became a mother and a wife at the young age of 19 and it is only last year that the youngest turned 18. She has been a mother for 34 years and she shows no signs of slowing down. She continues to nurture and support us even as we become adults ourselves and she is the best wife a husband could ever hope to have. She turns rain into sunshine and tears into laughter and problems into a challenge. When I am sick or upset sometimes the only person that can really reassure me is my mom. She is selfless even when she should be a little selfish and I don't even know if she realizes just how amazing she is. I hope someday I could be even half as wonderful at being a mother, wife, and a human being as she is.

A cooked spaghetti dinner delivered by mom with love. In that way she has of doing things she managed to whip it up between attending a communion and brunch in the morning and getting to my place in the afternoon. In the way that I have, I contributed the "side" items of bread and salad. After dinner it was off to the Ballet to see "Carmen" after which she spent the night at my place. You are never too old for a mother daughter slumber party. After a movie and some munchies it was off to bed. For mother's day it was a champagne brunch by the harbor. All you can eat crab legs, waffles, eggs and other various delicious choices. Needless to say, it was a great weekend with mom and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

My only wish for my mother is peace and happiness; whatever that means for her. I would love to see her relaxing in the sun, not having to work, enjoying the house she has always made into a home. I want her to enjoy friends, family, health, and happiness up until the very last second that she remains on this earth. She deserves all of the joy and pleasure this world has to offer and more.

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