It is impossible to put into words everything I appreciate about you. From who you are as a person, to the person you raised me to be, everything about you is amazing. First of all, thank you for never giving up on me. From day one you have been my support system and my greatest fan. Thank you for sitting in the barn for countless hours help me with my animals that I love. Thank you for traveling across the states to take me to stock shows and cheer me on. Thank you for the thousands and thousands of dollars you and dad spent on my education and my 4-H animals. Thank you for taking me to church every Sunday. Thank you for the greatest gift you ever gave me, my siblings. Thank you for teaching me to be independent. Thank you for letting me find out on my own what is not good for me. Thank you for being my shoulder to cry on when I finally realized it.
Thank you for being my role model. Because of you I know the kind of mother I want to be. Thank you for pretending to care about my drama just because you knew I needed to vent. Thank you for actually caring when I had a problem and needed advice. Thank you for all the traits you passed down to me. Thank you for your intelligence, sense of humor, strength, empathy, love, and faith. Thank you for teaching me right from wrong. Thank you for disciplining me. Thank you for always making me stick to my word. Thank you for being the glue that holds our family together. Thank you for always putting our needs before your own. Thank you for all the little, subtle ways you let me know I was loved.
Thank you for supporting my decision to move away for college. Thank you for always letting me come home. Thank you for being weird and silly with me. Thank you for all the laughs you have given me, especially the ones that bring tears to our eyes. Thank you, also, for all the tears. The hard times are what made us this close. Above all, thank you for finding the perfect balance of mother and friend. So many people go through life with a mom who is constantly trying to be a friend and not a mother. So many more have a mom who is strictly an authority figure to them and nothing more. I have been blessed to have the best of both worlds. As I get older, we have become even better friends, but I know you will also always be my momma. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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