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a letter to mom

May 8, 2021

Dear Mom,

For every mothers day that has come and gone, truthfully I’ve never known what to do. Surely there isn’t anything I could possibly give that would be adequate enough to show you how I feel. There is no materialistic thing that could ever repay you for all the nourishment and love you’ve so unconditionally given me my whole life.

So, this year I thought I’d try my best to write down my feelings in a letter.

When I was a baby, I would look up to you with big eyes full of awe and wonder. Although at the time I couldn’t quite comprehend all the tasks you were doing, the one thing I did know is that you were my own personal superwoman.

From building your own flower business, to working on the farm, to cooking, cleaning, washing all the while, raising 3 girls and keeping a household… From getting us dressed in the mornings and keeping us fed to tucking us in at night. From giving us creative outlets to keep busy, to encouraging good grades and going over our homework assignments. From morning birthday breakfasts to making our favorite baked goods, and taking us for our surprise lunches out.

The list is endless.

As I’ve grown up, it’s really stuck me how grateful I am to have such a strong motherly presence in my life. Not everyone has a mom so wonderful that they can look up to or call on the daily. Although we’ve been apart in distance for quite some time, we have always been close in heart – and I am soooo thankful for that.

As I move into new phases of my own life (entering wife-hood, big move to Seattle and becoming a doggy-mom) I now understand the value of having an inspiring and supportive role model who’s always been around. Not to mention, someone who has taught me so.darn.much!!! To have someone so intertwined in my life, always willing to listen, give good advice and just to make me feel deeply cared for and safe in unexpected times….it has made the greatest impact in the person I’ve turned into today.

I’ve needed you more than anything in this world. From the little things like; advice for planting herbs and cleaning burnt pans, to the big things like; having your support when deciding to move to brazil at 17 years old, and getting your approval for buying a beat up old vintage camper to turn into my tour bus. There are literally hundreds of decisions big and small that I’ve needed your help with over the past 31 years. I appreciate each and every one of them. Looking back, I could not have balanced my own life choices without your guidance and support.

So, Mom I am grateful to you. Thank you for all that you’ve done. Thank you for all that you’ve said. Thank you for all of your hard work, lessons, loyalty and unwavering unconditional love. You’ve helped to mold me into a special person, and I will always be in debt to you for that.

Love you sooooooooo much!

xoxoxo your little jessie

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