To my mother, who just lost her own

May 8, 2016

Dearest Momma Bear,

I can't imagine the rollercoaster of emotions you've been through this week. We were together when your mother died a week ago today. We held each other as we cried. You lost your mother, I lost my grandmother. She was an amazing woman and none of us quite know what to do without her.

On Tuesday, it was my birthday. You were strong and showered me with love (and lots of chocolate).

Today was Mother's Day. We got to be together, celebrate YOU, and remember your momma.

What a whirlwind it has been! We're both feeling emotionally drained... you more than me, I'm sure. But I wanted to share some thoughts with you today.

To my sweet mother, who just lost her own mother a week ago today... I can't imagine the heartache you are feeling. You opened your home to grandma when she was sick and took care of her till her last day. Gracefully, you took care of her along with your sisters and family members. You coordinated when family could help and spend time with her. Typical of you, you did everything without complaint.

I know it was extremely hard for you to watch your mother die in my childhood bedroom. It was awful to watch her health decline. But yet, she was so loved. She knew how much you loved her, simply because your actions showed her that on a daily basis. She was loved and cherished by all of us.

Grandma made you who you are, and you have made me who I am. We're fortunate to be a part of a very loving family, and I'm extremely grateful to have you as my mother.

Your resilience amazes me. Your hard work inspires me. Your strength encourages me. Your love comforts me. You are, and always have been, the person I admire most. I will adore you with each passing day and be forever thankful for the relationship that we have.

You've taught me to laugh and search for adventure. 
 You've taught me to follow my heart.... even it takes me all the way to Africa. Because damn it, you'll be there to visit and check on me. Your love knows no distance. 
You've taught me that it's ok to take risks. It's ok to fail... because you'll always be there to catch me if I fall. 
You've taught me that sometimes.... we just need to take a deep breath and relax. You've taught me that "a new day will come", and until then... we have each other. 
You've taught me that the things in life that are most important are not material things. The most important things are spending time with the ones you love. I'm lucky that I've had so many great years and memories with you. 
You've taught me to make the most of each day that we've been given. You've taught me to work hard and play even harder. You live life right momma bear... and you've taught me so many things along the way. Playing with you and learning from you are sweet gifts. 
And while I know your heart is aching for your own mother today, know that mine is too. She will be forever missed. 

Happy Mother's Day, sweet momma. Your momma loved you dearly, and so do your babies. 

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