I don't tell her often enough, but this woman is the best woman I know. Maybe most daughters feel this way about their mothers, but she is full of the most unconditional love and generosity, thoughtfulness and spirit of adventure—and every day I am inspired to live life more like her.
She supports me in every way possible, and she is a critical piece of my story. She is my friend and my confidant, and she has eased burdens and increased opportunities because of her encouragement of me as a wife, mother and professional. She has challenged me to be healthy, and to be in healthy relationships, and she has counseled me through my biggest life decisions.
As I prepare to grow my family and welcome another child into the world, I find myself filled with so much gratitude and appreciation for my mom, and I only hope that I can somehow follow in her footsteps and fill the lives of my children with the most enduring love, just as she has filled mine.