For my part, my life has been blessed in so many ways because of my wonderful, wonderful mother. She was a strong and elegant woman; because of her example, I always took for granted that it's fine for a woman to have strong opinions and to voice them. Almost four years after her death, I think of her every single day with love and gratitude. Now I realize how hard she worked and how wise she was in so many ways. She made it look easy.
As a mother myself, I am thankful for a husband who supports me in every way as I raise our children. I appreciate the way he treats me, and the lessons that teaches our children about how a man should be. I am a stronger, better, happier and more confident mom because of him.
And above all, on this Mother's Day, I am grateful to God for having given me the "role of a lifetime" -- being a mother.