How grateful I am for the mothers in my life. My mama @dianesfloridahomes
is the first person I call when I’m excited about something, when I have good news, when I’m scared, upset, worried, when I don’t know what to do, when I need to talk something out, when I have something funny to share. She always answers. She’ll even stop blow drying her hair to pick up the phone. This is a big deal in Florida when frizz happens easily. 😉There have been times in my life when we’ve had a complicated relationship, but as I reach the milestone ages that she was during those times, I understand her so much more. Life is funny that way, and a humbling and healing gift if you get the opportunity to experience this. At this age, I find I need her more now than ever. The week leading up to Bubbs passing, she was my lifeline, talking me through it as I sobbed uncontrollably, telling me that we were doing the right thing even though her heart was breaking too. She was there for every text, every call, every melt down, she was my lifeline when I had no strength left. From 3000 miles away, I was held as I was breaking down, losing the only baby I’ve ever had. She understood. She felt my heartbreak as if it was her own. It’s not lost on me how fortunate I am to not only still have my mama, but to know what it feels like to be loved unconditionally by her. My step mom @sherri_ohnemus
came into my life when I was 12 and helped raise me through my hardest teenage years. She has continued to give me wisdom and guidance and tough love and I always say that she’s the greatest gift my dad ever gave me (I mean, aside from life 😉). I am who I am because of the women in my life - I have been lucky to be surrounded by a collection of mother figures (my aunts, sisters @taraohnemus
, mother in law, cousins, friends, teachers who became friends @sallypettibon
😘💛) leading the way and showing up when I need them most. While I will likely never be a mother in the traditional sense, I recognize the sacrifices and the love of a mother deeply. I remain in awe and gratitude for all the mothers and mother figures in the world. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.