I wish more people would say what they are thinking.
Whether that is THANK YOU.
I miss you.
I love you.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.
Whatever it may be.
Just say it.
Over the course of my life, many lovely humans have touched me.
Made me into the woman I am today.
Ultimately into a better person.
Changed me for good, if you will.
Those humans are all part of the reason I created THIS SPACE.
Second Mom Club.
Hoping that I could provide, even if in the simplest way, a positive impact on the world.
Within the scope of MY world.
The way so many have done for me.
So… as I have always wanted to do.
To a certain few.
Please accept this as a letter of gratitude from me to you.
This list is not exhaustive.
There are many others whom have touched my heart, that I am forgetting.
And to you ALL. Thank you.
But to the following individuals.
I wouldn’t be who I am today without you. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.
And in light of Mother’s Day.
I wanted to take a moment to celebrate you for being a motherly and guiding influence on my life.
Without further pause….
My Mom. For your endless kindness and generosity for those without. For putting me first. Every day of my childhood. For loving fiercely. For feeling deeply. For never judging. For being proud of my most minor accomplishments. For thinking I am the ABSOLUTE BEST THING that has ever walked the earth. For teaching me how to be kind.
My Dad. For basically growing into my Mom. A supportive guide for myself and my children in my adulthood.
Karin C. For claiming me as your own. For loving me without judgement. For your understanding. For loving my children. Your grandchildren. Endlessly and without judgement. For believing they are the ABSOLUTE BEST THINGS in the world. For being the world’s best MIL.
Laura M. For being there. For joining our family in each and every moment of need. For your unending support through my god-awful pregnancies. For taking Charlie and LC on their first overnights. For always providing calm in the chaos and storm of our lives.
Amanda B. For your consistency. For growing towards not apart. For-despite our differences- showing up. All the time. For your loyalty. Your stability. For growing from SIL into sister.
Teresa F. For my professional career. I would NOT be here. Literally and figuratively without your intuitive guidance. Your soundboard. Your listening ear. Your perspective. Your support. Your encouragement. Your knowledge. Your understanding. Your ‘throw your hat and no go get it.’ Your grace in understanding the most complex and confusing life circumstances. For being one of my favorite human beings.
Leena. For being my best friend. My rock in the storm. My daily support system. Regardless of day or night. For tolerating my moods professionally and personally. For picking up the slack when I cannot. For loving my dream as your own. For believing in me and my worth.
Aunty Paula. For all of the FUNNEST childhood sleepovers. For being the FUN aunt. The playful one. And for being the stable and continuous presence from my Moms family in later life. It makes me feel closer to her, by being close to you. For caring for Grampa. Always. Even during the most challenging moments.
Jessie B. Well… For a lot Jess. My original sister. Need I say more?
Bev. For growing into our family so effortlessly. For your gentle and easy presence. For the willingness to claim us as your own. For bringing a light of joy to my Dad.
Kalila H. For opening my eyes to healing. For reigniting my passion for Dance. For your intuitive sense in understanding that healing and trauma are held in the body. And providing a safe space for transition. My time in your guidance and study was transformative.
Heidi L. For being a work-mom to a bunch of teens during our time at iParty. The teen years were tumultuous. Even on days when the hormones were raging, and work was the last place we wanted to be, you made it fun. You taught me how to show up. How to do good work. And how to have a little fun during it all. Those are memories which last a lifetime.
Terri G. For truly being one of the first professional women, I admired. For inspiring me. For opening my eyes to something MORE. Something greater than just what is near. For lighting a fire within my soul which I hand’t previously known existed. For instilling dedication, hard work, attention to detail, show-up. For creating a safe space for the girls. A home away from home. For seeing me when I was struggling when no-one else seemed to notice.
Nora. For being there. For being wise. Well beyond your years. For being my first REAL best friend. For teaching me what friendship should feel like.
Lynda S. For being a second mom. For knowing me since I was a kid. For knowing I love strawberries. For having photos and memories from my childhood. For seeing me grow into an adult and sharing your pride in my journey. For being a place to turn, on that night when I felt I had no where else to go.
Eileen V. For raisning Dinny. A woman I have always looked up to and admired. For providing a childhood home away from home. A place I always wanted to visit because I had the best friend a girl could want.
Thank you to these Wonderfully kind, warm, loving, dynamic, intelligent, vastly different human beings
I truly hope you realize how special you are.
And though you may not realize it, your presence in my life, has been undeniable.
-second mom club.