To my Mom,
Thank you for being my biggest fan.
Thank you for spending the first SIX years of my life at home with me, so that I could grow up with you instead of with someone else. And for spending the next 10 years traveling far and wide to watch me compete in whatever sport I was competing in at the time. Thank you for dedicating yourself to a career that would allow you to spend as much time with me and Dad as possible.
You put the dreams you had for me before your own, and you have no idea how much this means to our family.
Thank you for the hours you’ve spent listening to me vent, letting me ugly cry and reminding me that everything will always be ok. I’m not sure what exactly it is about a hug from your mother that can change your entire day, but you’re a professional at it.
Maybe it’s because you think I’m perfect? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Thank you for sending me texts that say “call me” and then calling me before I even get a chance to call you, because it shows me how much you care (even though it drives me up the wall). And also for demanding that I let you know when I arrive or leave when traveling, even though I'm 23.
Thank you for showing me how to handle the curveballs that life has thrown at our family. Betrayal, death, cancer – you and Dad showed me how to find the positives in everything, and to remember that at the end of the day, we got us.
Thank you for steering me towards Christ at a young age, and reminding me through words and actions that no matter what happens, our God is never-changing and will never forsake. Thank you for punishing me countless times as a kid, a teenager and even for a bit as a young adult. You have always known what’s best for me at any given time – and I would be crazy to attempt to comprehend how.
The older I get, the more I realize the value that you bring to the Eliason household. You live with purpose. You strive to help people. And most importantly, you could not care less what someone thinks about you. To say the least, you’re a hero.
So, Happy Birthday Momma! The love and respect that I have for you is insurmountable, indescribable and I’ll never be able to re-pay you for that. But you can't stop me from trying.
Above all, Thank you for being MY mom.
Your biggest fan,