She is kind.
She is patient. I don't know how she does it, but she is the most patient person I have ever, ever known.
She is a lady. I want to be more like her.
She is my home. Even as a "grown-up", I find my heart soothed just being in her presence. A mother's love and soft place to land that I want to be for my own children so very much.
She is beautiful. And she also doesn't like being told this simple fact because she knows that true beauty begins in the heart. That makes her even more beautiful.
She is my Jane Austen movie watching companion. We must have watched Sense + Sensibility and Emma about a hundred times, right mom?
She is the best listener. She is quick to listen and slow to speak. I'm learning just how important those qualities are in every relationship.
She is such a sweet Grandma! I love watching her with our children. A couple of years ago, she told me that she couldn't bring herself to clean one of her windows that had smudgy Lucy hand-prints all over it and saved it as a sweet souvenir of her beloved grand-girl. I love that and remember it when I'm trying to put make-up on and can't even see my own reflection through the smudged up mirror. Someday our mirrors (and everything else!) will stay clean and I know I'll miss it.
She is fun! I remember her taking us out for ice cream cones after school every now and then. Not because we asked, but just because.
She speaks ill of no one. Ever. That isn't easy!
She loves Jesus and not just in a religious, go to church, do what you're supposed to kind of way. When she talks about the love and grace of God, her face is aglow and her smile just radiates that gift of unconditional love. It's beautiful.
She is my favorite person to shop with. We have so much fun and she is the best sounding board and my voice of practicality. I love and need that.
She is my biggest encourager. In the big and little things.
She is my mom and my friend and the woman I want to be most like.
"There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."