I know it's Mother's Day weekend, but it's more than that. 

For me, this week has been strange. I have a couple friends that have lost their mother at an early age and a few friends where their mom lives on the other side of the country. Then I think, I truly am lucky to have a mom one, that lives here in Idaho and two, is healthy.

A few days ago my family had a great friend who passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly, and she left two young daughters behind. As horrible as I feel for this friends passing, it's her daughters that have truly affected me, and to be honest, I don't even know them. We are one day away from Mother's Day and it has created such an eerie feeling for me. I can't imagine what these girls are going through and my heart goes out to them.

I talk with my mom often as it is, but probably more so these last few days. As I go through life, my day to day routine, it is easy to forget how precious life is and think "I'll call her tomorrow" and I know one day I won't get that "tomorrow".

Dear Mom, not because it's Mother's Day but because you're my mom and you've always been there for me. I'm thankful for the moments we have together and I know it's something I take for granted as you spend Mother's Day without your mom. I love you more than anything, you frustrate the hell out of me and I don't know what I would do without you and you shaped the person I am today.

Thank you for being you.

Love, your daughter.