How are you doing?! I haven't seen you in a long time, and I'm excited that you will be here in FOUR DAYS!! I'm glad that you are able to go on this trip to Disneyland with us. I know we will have a great time. It's sad to think that after this trip we might not see you again for a few years. But, that's the way life goes sometimes, I guess. We will be able to create some great memories to help us get through, though.
You are a strong woman. Sometimes, especially when I was younger, I would think to myself, "Why wasn't I taught this?!" or "Why didn't my Mom do that?!". But, having kids is hard work! There is so much to teach and so much to do. I know I myself feel like I am failing miserably half the time, at least. And you had more than twice the number of kids I have! That is a lot on one's plate! As Mother's Day approaches I just want to thank you for all the things you did for us growing up. Except for a few years when Dad was in Pharmacy school, you were home with us. If we were sick, you were there. If we forgot something for school, or needed help with a project, you were there. Not all kids are afforded that luxury.
I remember you staying up with me one night until 2 or 3 working on a big project for my art class in 7th grade. I'm sure it looked horrendous, 'cause I'm not nearly as good at drawing as you are, but you stuck it out with me. Whenever I wanted to try something, you and Dad gave me a chance and believed in me. You paid for piano and voice lessons, and choir trips, and helped with tuition. I wouldn't be where I am today without you.
There were definitely times I felt frustrated growing up, like when you guys left halfway through my high school graduation, or when different things would happen with my siblings, or when we moved to Wisconsin my junior year of high school, but things happen sometimes. It's okay. I know you guys were doing your best. Everything happens for a reason, and those experiences were good for me.
The last few years have not been the easiest on you. A lot was thrown at you after Dad passed away. I know you are trying hard to do what's best, and that life is difficult. Like I said at the beginning, you are a strong woman and you can do it! Stay close to the Lord, rely on Him, and everything will be okay.
I'm going to wrap this letter up now. I have a lot to do to get ready for the move, selling the house, and our trip to California! Know that I love you very much, and the kids do, too. They are very excited to see you. Girl B keeps dragging out all the crafting supplies I haven't packed yet to make you a present for your arrival. Ha ha! Well, see you soon!
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