An Open Letter to My Mom

Hi Friends! Happy Saturday!

Mother's Day is tomorrow and I won't be able to see my sweet mama. When Collin and I made the decision to move back to Fayetteville, AR earlier this year I knew I would be choosing to move away from my family, but what I didn't yet fully realize is how much I would miss just being a hop, skip, and a jump away from them, especially my mom!

So this year for Mother's Day I'm sharing an open letter to my mom. Here goes nothin'!


You've been a mom for 27 years and a mother to me for almost 25. I truly don't know what I would do

without you in my life. Every year I get older I think that I won't need my mom as much, but every

year I end up needing you more than ever! As a mother and daughter, our relationship has changed

over 25 years. You started by bringing me into this world, feeding me, changing me, teaching me and

raising me to be the woman I am today. From packing my lunches, kissing my boo boo's, and

cheering me on during soccer games on the sidelines to helping me through high school drama,

sending me off to college, and helping plan my wedding, and giving me away.

It has been so neat to see how our mother-daughter relationship has morphed over my lifetime. With each passing year the older I became the more you became my best friend. The hardest part about growing up and growing older is that I can help but feel this pattern of our relationship growing stronger, but our distance growing further.

Mom you are truly my best friend and nobody likes a long-distance friendship. Even though we are miles apart, you still always know exactly when to call, exactly what to say, and exactly what to send me in care packages! People always talk about this "mother's intuition" and it's totally real. I feel it when I call you upset and before I even say a word you ask me, "What's wrong?", I feel it when we telepathically call each other at the same time, or when one of us goes to pick up the phone to call, the other is already ringing in. I feel it when you buy me gifts and it's something I saw at the store the other day and couldn't bring myself to buy. I feel it when you tell me how much you love and miss me, and it's exactly what I needed to hear that day.

I can't wait to see how our mother-daughter relationship continues to morph, because if it's been anything like the last 25 years, I'm in for a treat! I can't wait for your help and advice when I become a mother one day. I've enjoyed watching your love and devotion to your mother during her aging and your commitment to making sure she is well taken care of and happy and how you get along with your sisters while you all work out the logistics of your mother's care. Our relationship has morphed from you teaching me all of these things as a child, and now I get to watch you do everything you've taught me. You have always and still do set an amazing example for your three daughters on how to love, care, forgive, and serve others.

I am so glad God chose you to be my mother! Mom, thank you doesn't even begin to cover what all you do for me. I wish I could be there tomorrow to bring you peonies and take you to Canton and cook you waffles with maple syrup! I'm looking forward to seeing you soon! Happy Mother's Day Mom, I love you SO MUCH!!

Love your middle child,

Stephanie Grace Benton

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