17 years, 6 months, and 10 days since you married my mother.
It’s crazy how time flies isnt it?
This isn’t a letter to relive all of our differences and struggles over the years,
but rather a notice of appreciation, love, and understanding.
You haven’t always felt that you got the credit that you truly deserved,
but I hope as I have grown that I have given you that.
We all love in different ways, some more vocal than others,
I know without a doubt that I am loved by you as if I were your own.
Sometimes I mistakenly took your constructive comments as insults,
but I know you have only always wanted the best for me, more than I even wanted for myself.
You have believed in me, and had faith in me, even if it was in silence.
I admire your drive and your intelligence,
even if your long days at work distanced us as I grew up.
I have put you through a lot of situations that were not easy to handle,
I was definitely a troubled teenager, that at times was not very easy to love.
You didn’t run, you stood on the side lines and supported me even through troubled times.
I found out I was pregnant with Jett at just 19 years of age,
I was terrified of what you would think of me.
You knew my life would be so different from that day forward,
but you have never judged me, only given advice, and loved Jett so much.
I catch you smiling and looking at him sometimes,
and I know you are proud of the Mother that I am, and the sweet boy I have raised.
Being a parent to another person’s child is far from easy, in fact at times it’s really hard,
But I am so glad that you chose us.
This is a letter to tell you without a doubt in the world- I have noticed all that you have been for me,
all that you have sacrificed and weathered for our family, and nothing has ever gone unnoticed.
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.
I love you.