An Open Letter to the Woman Who Raised the Man of my Dreams

First and foremost, thank you. Thank you for raising a man who loves me unconditionally, puts our relationship above all else, and provides no matter what. Thank you for teaching him to be strong, to treat all women with respect, to hold his own, and to be a man.

The older I’m getting, the closer we get to having children. And we both are praying that we have a son and a daughter when those days come. The more I think about this, the harder I realize it must have been for you when I suddenly came into your son’s life and we fell in love. We moved rather quickly too, so I’m sure that didn’t help. However, you handled it well. I remember coming to your house on Sundays because he worked 12 hour shifts and I was lonely. My family was hours away, and you guys were all I really had. I remember a lot of times laughing so hard at you and his sister dancing or trying on clothes.

I have admired your grace in handling life since I met you. You’ve faced a lot of hard times, and yet, I’ve almost never seen you sad. You hold your head high and you handle it, with a lot of coffee, of course. We had some of the best talks on the front porch drinking coffee, and I gained a lot of insight from those times. We absolutely had some difficult times, but we got through it. One of the harder things about marriage is that you have to blend two families that are very different, and we overcame that. We did it, and I owe a lot of credit to you for making that easier.

When your kids need you, you drop everything. You don’t hesitate for a second, and I want to be like that. I want to be strong and stubborn when it comes to our children.

Like I said, I know it couldn’t have been easy backing off and letting me into his life. There were struggles for sure, but you have been one of the bigger supporters of us. I just want you to know that I’m thankful that you let me love him, and I promise I will keep on loving him more each day. I promise to visit as often as possible, to have those chats on the front porch, and to keep you as involved in our lives as I possibly can.

And I hope that if I’m blessed with a son, I can channel some of your strength when a girl comes into his life.

Finally, thank you for making me a part of your family. I love you.

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