Growing up, you prioritized our family first before everything else. You gave us hot meals, washed our clothes, faithfully supported your husband, served our neighbors, volunteered when help was needed, and were always there to greet me with a snack when I came home from school.
You prayed for me at my bedside when tears streamed down my face from girl drama in middle school.
You were at all my sports' events, milestones, graduations, and made sure all my friends were fed when they came to our house.
You took me to church even when I whined and complained. You encouraged me to travel the world while I was still young.
You prayed hard during my rebellious teen years - even when I didn't know it.
You didn't have to do any of that, but you chose to. You lived a life of sacrifice on behalf of your family.
Most of all, you showed love in tangible ways through your support, love, generosity, and grace. You put our lives before your own.
Before I entered the halls of high school, you'd already prayed for my future husband and children. You were planning ahead when I wasn't even aware.
You faithfully served when no one else was watching. You loved me when I was unlovable; even when nasty words spilled from my lips.
You chose to love when it was hard and messy.
Years have passed since my school days and now, you're the beautiful, radiating grandmother of six - 4 boys and 2 girls. Your grandchildren adore you.
You were there for their births and held them gently and tenderly like you did me. You were present and engaged for all the difficult days after.
Your investment in my life was no small thing. In fact, it was everything. And it continues to be.
You are a light. You shine so bright in the lives of your children and children’s children.
Mom, your love is a legacy to celebrate each and every day. "Thank you" will never be enough. I love you.
Samantha Krieger is a pastor’s wife and mom to 4. She is the author of Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches. Her writing appears regularly on Her View From Home, TODAY Parenting, and For the Family. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.