Happy Mother’s Day!

My mom is awesome.
My mom moved to Canada with her family when she was very young from the other side of the world, and she learned a new language.  When she graduated high school, wasn’t afraid to move to a new city and to work and live there.  She later went back to school and earned her degree in architecture at the University of Manitoba, where she also met my father.

My mom is always busy!

As long as I can remember, she’s always been busy and I can’t imagine her not always being busy in the future.  She loves to help people, she loves to volunteer.  When we were little, she was part of the PTA at our school, she continued to be very involved in our high school as well.  She has been volunteering for the Children’s Hospital for 25 years, maybe more.  My mom wanted to volunteer for them because she felt really lucky that she never needed to go there with us, and wanted to give back.  She’s always been hugely involved in the used book sales, the thrift store, and any and all committees you can think of!
Even when my mom is sitting still, she’s not really sitting still!  When she sits down in front of the tv, she’s always making something.   She makes scarves, and baby blankets, and headbands, and so many other things to give away to various charities.

I love you, mom!  For all these reasons and so many more.
Thank you for being there when I was growing up, for being involved in my school and caring about the things that were important to me.
Thank you for countless shopping trips, from the drive out to Fargo, North Dakota for special shoes for my teeny tiny toddler feet, to the one not too far from home where we picked out my wedding dress.
Thank you for teaching me how much better it can be to make things yourself, and giving me the tools in which to do so.  I get a lot of my creativity from you.
Thank you for putting up with all of my crap (literal and metaphorical), and thank you for still loving me after all was said and done.
Thank you for loving me even when I hated you, and putting up with those fun teenage hormones.
But mostly, thank you for being my mom!  I love you!

xoxo,
Alysa

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