I went looking
looking through albums and albums of photographs on my computer
literally hundreds of pictures
looking for you
in the forefront and center
the focus on you
and as I looked through months and years of pictures
all of a sudden it hit me
and I looked again
there you were
in the background of handfuls and handfuls of photographs
smiling as you watched my little girlie posing for the camera with other relatives
making funny faces just to see that same munchkin laugh
your hands keeping her balanced as she tried some crazy stunt
a joy-filled expression on your face as you watched ellie meeting her baby brother for the first time
and I realized something...
you never were the center of attention
all those years growing up
and it was never all about you
it was about your Jesus
it was about your family
it was about your friends...
and I know they would all agree with me when I say that you always put others first
and as your daughters we knew that you cared for us more than the accolades of the world
or the bravo from other moms
you did what was best for us
regardless of what others thought or did
you were always in the background
cheering us on
motivating us to bigger and higher goals and life purpose
Mama of mine, thank you for letting us SHINE!
thank you for always being there...
still being there...
we are all grown up, but I know that I, for one, still need my mama
I may have two little ones of my own
but that just makes it all the more evident to me the value
of your wisdom and advice
your encouragement and moral support
and for all that, I say the most humble
thank you for being the best Mama a girl could ever have
I love you