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Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there today! I hope you enjoy spending time with loved ones today. I’ve seen numerous Facebook and Instagram posts today; each one contesting that he/she has the best mom in the world. Here I am, adding to that, as I contend that no, I have the best mom in the world. So here’s a shout out to all mothers out there, but especially my own on this day!

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Just a little mom humor to kick us off!

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Do any of these sound familiar?? I do believe I have heard my mom recite all of these at a moment’s notice!

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My mom has always been there for me, supporting me every step of the way. I am blessed to not only be able to call her my mom, but my friend as well. My mom is my inspiration for much of what I do in life, including running.

 

She started a walk/run program when I was in high school, and fell in love with running almost immediately. Since then, she has completed many races, including 5K’s, 10-miler’s, half marathons and marathons. My mom frequently wakes up at the crazy hour of 3:30 or 4 am to get her run in before the busyness of the day ensues. Running is an important part of her life; yet she doesn’t let her love for the sport come before her family or roles as a wife and mother. To run 8 miles, wash a load of clothes, surprise us with a batch of pancakes, and reply to e-mails before 7 am requires more than a little dedication!

 

I saw how much joy my mom found in running, so several years ago, I began to experiment with the hobby as well. At her urging, I hesitantly signed up to run a 5 mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving with her. This was my first race, and I was able to run every step of the way with her!

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She was so encouraging, and an inspiration the entire time. She wasn’t thinking about her running or herself at all; she only offered support to me, saying, “You’re doing great! You know that you’re going to finish, and you will feel so good at the end. You can do this!” And then, of course, she would point out someone wearing a turkey or Indian costume, and we would share a good laugh about whatever crazy costume we were following at the time. You have to stay entertained somehow, right??

 

It has been several years since I started running, and I can say that it is no longer a hobby, but a lifestyle. Running is a stress reliever for me, a way to connect with others, and a source of inspiration. I owe this to my mom for encouraging me along my journey!

 

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There are so many things I love about my mom. She will run into the grocery store to just pick up a few things, and get lost reading nutrion labels and texting me pictures of bananas. She lets me borrow her clothes anytime I ask, constantly compliments me on how nicely I am dressed or how well I did something, and goes out of her way to help me. I can always count on her to text me back right away!

 

When I am having a bad day and need to talk, she drops whatever she is doing at the time to listen to me. There have been countless times this year where I have been stressed about work, not being able to work out, or other things, and I always feel better after talking to her. My mom has listened to some very long rants about my day – I will go on and on about whatever I am stressed about at the moment, and she never once has told me to be quiet or that she’s busy. She always provides a listening ear, reassures me of the things I am doing well at, and reminds me to just do the next thing.

 

Last summer, my mom went through several health issues, seemingly back to back. She recognized that things happen to everyone in life, and knew that complaining wouldn’t get her anywhere. She was an inspiration to my entire family as well as others with the positive outlook she maintained. I can distinctly recall one day last summer where she really wasn’t feeling well, even taking a visit to the emergency room. I was supposed to have a graduation party that night, so naturally assumed it would be postponed so we could all take care of my mom. But no, my mom came right home from that hospital and within a few short hours the kitchen was filled with all of my favorites for that night. My mom has showed this unconditional, self-sacrificial love, time and time again.

 

My mom has shown me…

  • What it means to respect your husband in a marriage
  • What it means to put other’s needs above your own
  • The value of hard work – she will be outside pulling weeds as the sun comes up, or washing my dad’s car to surprise him.
  • How to find the good in every situation
  • The meaning of compassion for others
  • How to set priorities in life
  • Unconditional love
  • Generosity – she is always the first one to prepare a meal for others after a baby arrives or a loved one passes away
  • Forgiveness
  • How to be a wonderful cook! I have many great memories of baking alongside my mom (Can I just have one seven more spoonfuls of cookie dough??)
  • The importance of family -Growing up, she always told my sisters and I that you should give the best to your family. When we set the table for dinner, she took time to serve the meal in nice dishes, amidst our complaints to just throw the pots and pans on the table. (Less clean-up, right?!) Even though it may have produced a few extra dishes or taken a little longer, she showed us through this simple example that we were worth it; we were important to her and to each other.

 

I frequently hear how similar I am to my mom, and I consider this a compliment! I hope someday I can be half the woman she is.

 

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My mom, my hero. She is truly my inspiration in all I do in life and I don’t know where I would be without her! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I love you!

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