To my biological mom, Sherry Miles - Thank you. Thank you for giving me life and for not taking it away from me though at that time it might have been an easier choice. Thank you for loving me from a distance over the years and for praying for me. Thank you for finding me (thank you FB for your help) and for letting me know of your love for me over all these years and to know I was never forgotten.
To my adopted mom, Cindy Mott Craig - Thank you for adopting me. I remember the day I met you and dad in the foster home after a day of pre-k. All I ever wanted was to have a "real" family. Though the family that was put together through that adoption didn't stay together and it was some of the hardest years of my life, those experiences shaped me and the wounds have made me stronger. I would never want to be anywhere else than were I am and had you not adopted my brother and me then I don't know where I would be or even who I would be. I haven't always been grateful for the difficult times through the years or the pain of watching my "real family" fall apart but it is my life, my story and I am thankful for it now.
To my step-mom, Asena Mott - Thank you for loving me as your own though you stepped in to the mother role at a time in my life when I was no longer interested in having a mom and probably made it really hard on you to see me as your daughter. Thank you for caring enough about me to see through my wounded heart and for wading through the deep waters of the overflowing emotions that spilled out of me most of my teen years. I'm not sure I would have dealt with me and I couldn't even love myself, but you loved me through all that. When I "ran off" to college thinking I would never come back to town to all the bad memories & pain of my childhood, and when I thought I could go through life without a mom you still reached out to me and loved me. Thank you…..
And for all the women in my life who have stepped in at some point to invest in or reach out or simply believe in me…. Thank You. Your role in my life may have seemed small or insignificant but they have all helped shape me and kept me going when I didn't want to keep going. It's because of all the women in my life who didn't have to take on any responsibility or care for me but did out of love that I have in turn spent many years (and hope to for many more) reach out to teenagers and young adults who need a "mom" figure or someone to believe in them and their dreams.
I am one daughter to many moms and I wouldn't change that for anything.