Becoming a mother was a rough journey for me. It took me a long time to recover, and then it took me a long time to feel anything other than darkness. Not my mom, though. She was my ray of light from the beginning. I know it sounds weird, but she taught me how to love my daughter.

My mom is just a joyous person. She’s so strong, and so capable, and overflowing with love. I have never heard a mean word come out of her mouth. I try every day to be as good a mother as she is, and if I even do half as well, I think I’ll be okay.

I love you, mom!