Dear Mama,

Today is Mother’s Day!

I want to take some time and dedicate a post to some special ladies in my life.

I am fortunate enough to have more than one woman in my life that I consider my mom or mother figure.

Angie - My birth mother, she had my sister Laney and I when she was in her early 20’s. I often question how she did it. Thinking about where I am in my life and the thought of having not one but TWO small children frightens me. I admire her for the many sacrifices I am sure she had to make to ensure her children were taken care of. I know it wasn’t easy being fresh out of your teens and having to grow up much faster than you would have liked. We didn't always have the best relationship over the years. When I went to live with aunt Nancy when I was 14 I was hurt and confused. But I have forgiven you for all you couldn't or what I expected you to do. It took some life experiences and healing for me to come to a point where I could accept what you can offer me as a mother.

Nancy - My "adopted" mother, she has always been an active mother figure in my life, even when I didn’t know. She has always made sure I had what I needed and has supported me in everything I asked her to come to. I remember when I graduated from the fifth and eighth grade, not only did she come but she bought my graduation outfits for both. When I came to live with her for one year in 2007 (it will be 11 years in June. lol) I would’ve never thought our relationship would be what it is today. I am thankful for your wisdom, unconditional love, and support throughout the years. I don't know where or who I would be if I didn't have you. You came into my life at the right time and I thank God for you everyday. 

Key- my sister/cousin/mother figure, she has always been my motivation to travel and enjoy my youth. Watching her buy her own house, travel when ever, buy whatever she wanted. Man she is the definition of an independent woman. I just knew when I hit my twenties I was going to be just like her. Not only was she poppin' she was easy to talk to. Whenever I didn't feel comfortable talking about certain topics (i.e. sex & boys) with my parents. I knew she wouldn't sugar coat anything, leave me feeling embarrassed or even more confused than I already was. Now that I am older I view her more as an older sister. I watched her transition from independent woman to bomb mother and wife.

I love you ladies so much. Thank you for always being there for me.

it may not always be showedin my everyday actions, but know you are appreciated.

Yours truly,

Dontayvia