Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dear Mom,

I love you to the Moon and back. 

60 years ago(today), the World became a better place because you were born.   
I am so grateful for everything that you have done for us over the years, and for everything you continue to do.
You’ve taught us so much through our lives and we are so fortunate to have you as a Mom.
You have taught us what it is to be loved.
You have shown us the importance of family.
You've taught me strength-even during the most difficult times.
You taught me how to bake a cake for the most beautiful times.
You have shown me that life is too short to stress about the silly stuff, and having fun and enjoying life is so much more important.
You’ve taught me that no matter how deep I get myself into things, you will always be there to dig me out.  Even if it means staying up to bake all night...or all week.
Or even if it means chopping off all your hair to help reach my goal.
You’re always by my side. 
You’ve taught me that even though a “Utherus", a "hog dog" and "chicken scissors", don’t really exist- They're still pretty funny, and I love you for that.
You’re the most thoughtful and caring person I know. Always looking to make someone else’s life better by putting them before yourself. Even if it means giving up the last dollar in your wallet, the last bed in your house, or dropping everything you have to do, just so you can be there to give your time-even when you don’t have the time to spare. 
I cherish our relationship.  Our friendship.  Our telephone conversations 3 times a day. Our late night baking parties, our chit chats over a bottle of wine.

I love that you set your alarm at 5:30 am so that you can talk to me on my drive home after a redeye (even though you really should be sleeping).

I love that Amelia and Sam get so excited to spend every second with you and then hate coming home.  

I love how you have opened our house to everyone and anyone over the years, and how every holiday our family has grown to include so many friends.

I love how you love with all of your heart, and all of your soul. 

I love you because you are you, and I can only hope that one day my kids will feel the same way about me as I do about you.

I love you!
Happy 60th Birthday Mom!


  1. Jennifer - the woman of many talents including the ability to communicate with words that left me in tears. You are the product of hard work and a wonderful example to all women...mothers and daughters. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I'm proud to know you. Aunt Jan

  2. Wow that was beautiful!!! The pictures were awesome too! Aunt Lyn

  3. One of the most beautiful tributes from a daughter for her mother that. I've ever read. You are both blessed and may you continue to be so. Best wishes to your Mom on her special day.

  4. The day your mother met my brother changed the" HARDY FAMILY" IN SUCH A PROFOUND AND JOYOUS WAY ,AND REMAINS TO CONTINUE TO DO SO ,BLESS YOU ALL FOR LEADING US DOWN THE PROPER PATH OF LOVE AND JOY,(profound coming from me) many more happy years Paty and family!!!
    Tom Hardy


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