Dear Momma,

Dear Momma,

I don’t even know where to start.

Well, I’ll start with thank you.

Thank you for all the fun memories. Those times we broke in our heels dancing in the kitchen to Michael Jackson. The times we give each other the look and just bust out laughing. I’ll never forget the time I woke up to R.Kelly blasting from downstairs and there you were strutting up and down the hallway. These are the memories I will hold with me forever.

Thank you for being there when I needed someone to cry to. You are probably the only one who has experienced the full range of my emotions. I have cried to you countless times and you have been there for each one. Whether it’s to sit and cry with me or to tell me to get it together because you didn’t raise no fool. Your patience knows no bounds when it comes to the times I need to cry. Thank you, Mom.

Thank you for being the spiritual leader that you are. I am now aware of all the prayers that you have prayed over me since before I was born, and for that I am truly grateful. I understand the power of prayer, and I have seen God’s faithfulness in how He has worked in your life. You were always the first one I ran to when nightmares would rob me of sleep and your response was always prayer. From the times I would follow you around the house trying to imitate your prayers to the times I would call you to tell you what the Holy Spirit was revealing to me, you are will always be my #1 prayer partner.

Thank you for the pep talks. Man, those were some pep talks alright. You have taught me to never think that “NO” is the end. You always pushed me to dig deeper, pray harder, and to never give up when things got too rough. You taught me the 72 hour rule. Even though I haven’t really needed it yet I’m sure I’ll be using it in the near future. You are always straight forward and have no room for nonsense. You have pushed me to stand on my own two feet, to be proud of where I have come from, and to think for myself. You have cultivated the leader in me like no one else could have. You taught me to be bold and say what needs to be said.

Thank you for letting me be adventurous. Like you, I have the travel bug. I love to travel, meet new people, and eat different foods. You have let me see the world for myself.  I think you knew from when I was a kid that I wasn’t the homebody type. You have always encouraged me to see how other people live, to change my perspective on how I see situations, and to really explore the world around me. Thank you for that. And sorry for all the times I signed up for trips without telling you, and you still let me go.

Thank you for being strong. You have walked through things that I probably can’t imagine, and you have walked out of them stronger. I know being a single mother isn’t easy, but you are doing it with grace. We might not have it all in the world, but you always remind me that we have Jesus, we have our health, and we have each other. Thank you for being human. You realize that you are not perfect, and it takes a strong woman to do that.

 Thank you, Momma. For everything. For being the arms that hold me. For being to one to wipe the tears from my eyes. For being the one to tell me the truth out of love. Just for being Jesus with skin on. You are and have been the mom that I need and want. You have dealt with my foolishness wisely and have loved me unconditionally through it all. You are beautiful and smart. You have conquered nursing school while taking care of three kids and working two jobs! I am proud of you. You inspire me continuously.

I realize that everyone doesn’t have a mom or have experienced the relationship that we have. So this Christmas you are my gift. The love that only you can give has been a blessing to me for all of my 19 years. You have showered me in a love that is limitless, and what a balm to my soul that is!

So Thank you for being my one and only mother.

I love you.

Bayli Tiara Hill

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