Hi mom. There are soo many ways that I want to begin this post/card/letter, whatever you want to call it. I've actually been sitting here for a while trying to come up with some clever way to say I love you and thank you, but there's so much more I need and want to say aside from that. Being that this is a public proclamation on my blog I can't and won't go too much into detail about what we've been through over the years. But as I get older, I've learned that every family has it's demons and maybe the maturity is finally kicking in, because I accept that this notion applies to our family too. At the risk of sounding totally cliche, I don't really care anymore because the past just isn't important. I'm sorry, I love you and I just want to make you proud. Furthermore, I'm proud of you, and as your daughter I will do my very best to say this as much as I can because you deserve to hear it and you deserve the world. You're literally the reason why I am breathing and despite everything, I can't thank you enough for all of the support and love that you've shown me. So yeah, we're definitely not perfect, but we sure as hell have a lot of stories to tell. I love you mom, happy birthday, happy mother's day and please always remember to keep calm and carry on.