Mother’s Day has always been special to me. I try to do what I can to show my mom and my wife appreciation every day-- they deserve it. With how I grew up—life was hard. We didn’t have much, and it was rough making ends meet. But my mom always went above and beyond to make sure my sister and I were taken care of and that we had the best birthdays and Christmas’s we could ever ask for.
But it wasn’t just about the struggle to make ends meet. You see—my mom had my sister and me when she was young; she was just 14 when she had me and 15 with my sister. Without going into details, I’ll just say that life at home wasn’t always great.
I saw things that no kid should ever have to see. I was witness to domestic violence and even murder. It would have been easy for our lives to fall apart; it would have been easy for me, my family to become another statistic.
But we didn’t. We persevered. Mom definitely deserves a lot of credit for keeping us together and on track. I love her, and I appreciate her more than I could ever say.
The same goes for my beautiful wife and mother of my baby girl, Ariah. Every guy probably says this about his wife, but I couldn’t have asked for a better person to be the mother of my little girl. She has the kind of warmth, heart, compassion-- I could go on and on about how awesome she is.
The point is, she’s a great mom but what makes her even better in my eyes is that she is just as loving, caring, and compassionate towards my first daughter, Mackenzie. She has been everything I could have ever hoped for and more. Mackenzie’s mother is also an amazing mom, and I am truly thankful for that.
When I think about everything my mom did and had to put up with and everything Ashli does for my kids, I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of respect and admiration for all moms. You guys are the what keeps the family going. You are the glue that keeps it together.
Without you—man, I’m just glad I had the mom I did and that my kids have the mom they do.
Love your family for who they are. Appreciate them now, while you still have them. Enjoy every moment you can.
Go hug your mom, say Happy Mother’s Day, and “I love you.”