Until I became a father myself, I was, in large part, oblivious to the level of sacrifice, energy, and dedication it takes to parent a child. Everybody who experiences a good childhood like I did has parents who worked hard to make it so. When we're young we don't fully grasp everything our parents have to do to make our lives and upbringing run smoothly and effectively.
To My Mom:
My Mom (and Dad) worked long days to provide me with every opportunity possible. She made sure I always stayed humble and appreciative to others, stayed disciplined to my school work, and met every challenge in life with my absolute best effort.
I've had many coaches over the years, but my Mom is by far the best one. Sometimes we fought, but now I know that was only because she cared about me so much. She shaped and molded me into the man I am today.
Thank you for being my Mom. Love you always!
To My Wife:
Now I have the chance to watch a mother work from a different perspective...as a husband/father. My wife, Liz, is an unbelievable Mom to our daughter Zephy. She is the emotional rock of our family. She keeps me grounded when things are going good and keeps me going when things aren't the best.
Just like my Mom did with me, Liz is making huge sacrifices to mold our daughter into a kind, caring, strong little woman. Raising a child is the toughest job in the world, and she makes it look easy.
At this point I know that "Motherly Instincts" are real because when Zephy starts crying I almost always panic and freeze, while Liz somehow always knows exactly what to do and immediately jumps into action in those tense moments.
She's the real deal, and my daughter and I are so blessed to have her in our lives!
To All Moms:
When I hear people say things like "Oh, she's JUST a stay-at-home Mom," I chuckle on the inside and think "Dude, you have no idea how much harder her job is than yours."
In a Mother's world there is no room for error, there are no breaks, there are no "sick days," there is very little uninterrupted sleep, and most of the time there is no recognition or appreciation for the work they do.
To my wife Liz, my mom Cathy, and all the Moms out there working in silence behind the scenes packing lunches, changing diapers, wiping noses, operating their mini-vans like a 24 hour taxi cab service, washing clothes, doing dishes, helping with homework, and waking up to comfort their children at all hours of the night.....
We see you, and we appreciate what you do more than you will ever know. You are changing the world by raising us to be men and women who will make a positive impact on those around us and on this planet!
"It takes someone really brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child,
and someone special to love another person more than herself." - unknown
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