Every time I hear “Isn’t She Lovely” I cry….not because of Stevie Wonder’s incredible range but because it reminds me of you. I was brought into this world in a less than normal situation, but you made sure that my universe was filled with love. We didn’t have everything growing up, but you still somehow never made me feel without. My whole life it’s been just us. Two girls finding their way and their place in life. You worked long hours to ensure we had a roof over our heads and food on the table. You were the exemplification of a hard work ethic, a resilient soul and a sensitive heart. Our relationship wasn’t always smooth sailing. We fought, we’ve said things that hurt and we’ve gone days without saying anything at all. But now, in my 20s, I’m starting to get it and you are my best friend. I’ve never traveled better or laughed harder (like literally until tears are streaming down my face) than with you. I hear it all the time, we sound the same our personalities are the same. You get me, in all my craziness and hysteria but you still love me anyway. No one has ever believed in me more. You constantly support my dreams and make them truly feel like they could become reality, in fact you encourage it. I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me. When I think about life’s greatest lessons, you taught me to always fight for what you believe in, to always find a way to get things done and to be the most independent, fierce version of yourself that you can possibly be. I love and admire that you are unapologetically yourself and that you love the finer things in life. Apparently that trait is inheritable. I know this is a hard day for you as now your mother is no longer with us. I couldn’t imagine the feelings you are having today, I never want to, but I’m so thankful that I get to spend the whole day celebrating you. You deserve it. “I carry your heart; I carry it in my heart.” That quote has been our mantra for the last 23 years and resonates more and more each day. I love you so much. Happy Mother’s Day Mom! Now let’s go get pampered and eat an amazing dinner!!