To my sweet girlfriends who are mothers- it’s been so fun watching you be Moms and love your little ones. It’s been fun to be their “aunt”. I love when you tell your kids to “give Aunt Katie a hug”. It makes my heart smile and it’s an honor. Watching you be parents has made me excited to be a parent myself. And I am already grateful for all of the advice I am sure to ask for when I become a Mom someday.
To my aunts whom I love deeply, who gave me cousins and life-long friends, thank you for always loving me and for your endless support. You are my friends- your love is inspiring.
To my Grandmothers, who I lost last year, making this my first Mother’s Day without you as with other holidays since your passing I find myself upset about things that don’t normally upset me and then I come to the realization that it is the loss of you two that I am upset about. I think about you every day. I think a lot about memory and regret. I read a great comment on a blog about something that a woman’s grandmother had said to her in regards to her things and her life. It went something like this- “Keep the good stuff, throw out the junk”. It’s helped me. I miss you both. It’s harder than I thought it would be but holding on to “the good stuff” is helping.
To my sister, a new mother it has been nothing short of amazing to watch you become a mother. I love watching how surprised you are by how much you love your child. I love that you have not lost who you are in motherhood and know that Olivia will benefit greatly from this because your character will guide her through so much, just as it has me. I love when you say that she is the best thing you have ever done. And you are doing it well. I love you.
And to my Mother- Happy Mother’s Day to you. Vickie and I are beyond lucky and blessed to have you. There are so many things that I admire about you, not the least of which are your selflessness, your character, your sense of humor, and your strength. I am lucky that I truly enjoy spending time with you. I am lucky that you are so giving of your time. I can’t wait to have children because it has been so great watching you with Olivia. Your grandchildren are and will be so blessed to call you Grandma just as I am to call you Mom. I love you!