Dear Mom,

While I was inside your tummy, I listened to your heart beating every day. The sound of it was my bedtime lullaby. I kept warm because of your body and your blood brought me oxygen. The nutrients from the foods you ate kept me healthy and helped me grow. As you gently patted your swollen tummy, knowing it would never look the same again, it reassured me that you knew I was in there. When I was born, this big bright world was different and frightening, but wrapped tightly in your arms I feel safe and secure. I know sometimes it seems like diaper changing will never end and that you can't even remember what it felt like to get eight hours of sleep, but please know that I will only be little for a little while. What you do for me each day keeps me safe and happy. I am so thankful you are my mommy. - from your baby

Dear Mom Mom..mom...mommy!

Hey mom you weren't listening; sorry to interrupt your phone call mom. I just wanted to tell you how glad I am that you do everything you do. Without you I wouldn't know my spelling words, my baseball uniform would still be the color of mud, and I would probably be late to school every day. As much as I try to act cool, it is because of you that I picked up that turtle and moved him back into the grass. It is because of you that sometimes I eat lunch with the kid everyone ignores. Please know that while the world often overlooks your powers, you are my superhero mom. - from your grade schooler

Dear Mom

I know I don't call often these days, college sure is a unique experience. Between exams, lab manuals, and parties (trouble free I promise) it just doesn't seem like there are enough hours in a day. I do miss you and think of you often. It was really nice getting that goodie box you sent. I am so thankful you made me buy that shower caddy, turns out you were right, it is important to know which bathroom stuff is mine and it comes in handy that I can just pick it up and go. Cell biology sure is tough but thanks to you I know I can do it. You have always believed in me. I promise I will come home to visit soon. Love ya mom! - from college

Dear Mom

Wow. I have never understood your life better than I do at this moment, now that I am a mother myself. I had no idea how hard your job was and yet how it also so rewarding. That must be why you were smiling through your tears on the day I graduated. There is so much that I have yet to learn about what it means to be a mother, but I can look back on my childhood and see so many answers there, all from you. I now know why you followed my bus to school, I know why you didn't let me go to that party, and it is clear now why you waited up for me until two a.m. on prom night. Most importantly I know why you always hugged me even when I had done something wrong. Mom... thank you for being you. - from a Mother to her Mother

Dear Mom

Oh mom, how I miss you. I think of you every day, but Mother's Day is always harder. It isn't so much that I wish you could be here for me, as it is for the little ones who miss you. While you were a one of kind mother, you were by far the best grandmother I knew. I know you are watching over us and smiling as our family grows. Life without you hurts, but my life is wonderful because you were in it and I wouldn't trade a single day. As my family showers me with Mother's Day love please know that it belongs to you as well because without you I wouldn't be me. I love you always Mom. - from a daughter sent up to heaven