Monday, May 7, 2012

Dear Mom...

Hi! It's Jilly. My friend Angie wrote an awesome post addressed to her Mom, and invited everyone to write one to their Moms (or Jessica Simpson?! Lol!) and link up. I thought it was a great idea, with Mother's Day coming up and all. So, here it goes.


Dear Mom,
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.


I know were used to talk a lot more when I was in high school and college. I would tell you all about the boy I was currently "in love" with. Sometimes I really miss that. I guess after I got married I didn't have as many stories to tell, and I would tell my new hubby a lot of the things I used to tell you. I know we are both very busy with life. I think we need to make- I need to make- a greater effort to build that relationship. After all, you only have one Mother.


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!


*Did you think that was fun? Want to write a letter to your Mom? Join us at Angie in the Thick of It and link up your letter! Everybody's doing it...

I also like to link up with THESE parties. 

PS- If you want to follow me, click the button on the side bar over there. I'm just sayin'. ;)


  1. Jillian, even though this is for Mom, I almost started crying, like fo real.

  2. This is a very sweet post. I'm sure your Mom will remember this and cherish it. Thanks for linking this up at Romance on a Dime!!

  3. Hi Jillie! Thanks for visiting my blog today and leaving such nice comments on my DIY Charm Necklace! I couldn't reply to your email because you are a "No Reply Blogger" which means that when you leave a comment on a blog, that blogger can't reply back to you. But don't worry, its easy to fix on your Profile setting. You can read how to fix it in this post that this wonderful blogger at Turnstyle Vogue wrote about it:
    Hope this helps, once you fix it I am sure you will get more comments being sent to you. And don't worry about this, lots of bloggers have this problem, you are not the only one! Take care, Heather :)

    1. Thank you so much! Thanks for the great link! I checked it out and I already had it set to show my e-mail address, so I don't know what the deal is. I'll have to see if there's another setting I need to change or something. :)

  4. What a wonderful gift for you Mom!! I would love it if you would share at my Mother's Day Gift Idea link party at Thank you! Happy Mother's Day!

  5. So sweet.. you brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing!

  6. That's really sweet. THanks for signing up for the blog swap. It's great to have you!

  7. This is really, really sweet, Jillian! I think our childhoods hold more similarities than location :-) I love how honest you are with your mom and aren't afraid to mention there were some disappointments. As a mother now, I am always wondering what disappointments my children will report 20 years from today. I try to minimize them, but acknowledge my shortfalls all the same.

    I am so sorry, but I hadn't heard that your dad passed. My heart to you and your mom (and your siblings) for that. How old is your youngest sibling now? Is everybody faring alright?

    Thanks for writing this letter and for linking it up to my party. You boost my confidence :-) I'm not going to let you abstain from any of my future "dear you" parties, so be warned!

    Have a great week! -angie


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