megan’s mom + some more


While growing up, I think we all believe that our moms are out to get us. I was convinced that my mom had a child to do her yard work so she didn’t have to. As you grow, you start to see why us mom’s, do the things we do. There are a lot of things that my mom taught me and I never realized them until I myself became a mother.

ONE | Emotions, and lots of them — I hear quite a lot that I “take things to the next level.” I get this from my mom, and surprisingly, I’m okay with that. We get emotionally and mentally involved. That’s probably why everything that we do, we do it 100 times more than we expect to. It’s made me a driven person and gotten me where I am today. So, mom — thank you for taking me to the next level. Because it’s taught me to climb many levels on my own and I thank you for that.

TWO | Make your house, a home — I didn’t know back then, but all of those crazy lady days of cleaning and rearranging, and redecorating until all hours of the night — I would one day understand. But what I have come to realize is that she wasn’t actually making it hard on me (which of course I thought), she was trying to show me responsibility and trying to make our house, a home. I love making a home for my family. So, mom — I get it, and I thank you for that.

THREE | Get involved — I am very involved in my community and my mom always says that she doesn’t know where I got it from because she was never that way. What she doesn’t realize is that she was involved, in her profession. My mom is a home health nurse, and a damn good one. Ever since I was little, we were taking meals to her patients on holidays, some came to my birthday parties, some she was holding their hand when they passed. She goes out of her way and on her own time to take extra care of her patients. This takes care, this takes love and this takes involvement. So, mom — you DID teach me this, and I thank you for that.

As they say — it takes a village to raise a child. When growing up, my mom called everyone my Aunt. At a young age, I started thinking that my mom was really related to everyone. But then I started to realize that we were really just close to a lot of really great people that she wanted me to grow close to. And I did. I have now instilled that into my girls. My girls have an Aunt Liz, Aunt Sara, Aunt Kirt, Aunt Dave Garwood… well, you get the idea.

To the ‘other moms’ in my life —

GRAM — Not only is she my gram, but she’s always been everyone’s gram as well. She has 3 children, but I was always treated as her 4th. I get all of my ways from her, good and bad. But I’m okay with that, because she’s one pretty awesome person, and I’m sure everyone would agree with that.

PAM — My moms best friend ever since they were little. In fact, her daughter and I (for years) assumed we were cousins. We all couldn’t be any closer to this day, and I couldn’t imagine any other ‘Grammy Pam’ for my girls.

VICKIE — My mother in law. She raised 4 amazing boys and takes care of our youngest daughter while we work. We always say that Hazel is so smart, and I have her to thank for that.

THERESA — I have a step mom that just plain rocks. Not only is she absolutely amazing to my children, she’s obsessed with zombies and hockey. She’s mine and you can’t have her.

WENDY — She is my husband’s ‘Pam’ that I got to become a part of. She loves my kids like her own and always has a glass of wine ready for me whenever we are together. She can also kick anyone’s ass at Cards Against Humanity.

I am a pretty lucky person to have so much love in my life and I have to thank my mom for always showing me that family doesn’t just stop at the blood line. It goes deeper into the heart. Much deeper, and I thank you for that.

Love, Megan.

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