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  • Writer's pictureChristine McCarty

To My Mom…

After taking six months off from Raising Addy to spend more time with my family, I’m now ready to continue to share my story of being a mom and raising Addy, Alex and Andi….here I go!


As I sit here writing this post a couple of days before my birthday, my heart is breaking. I can’t believe I am typing this, but my mom passed away on September 29, 2023. She was a force to be reckon with and one of the strongest females I have ever met. I miss her every day, but her voice and life lessons are with me always.


For this post, I wanted to dedicate it to my mom and remind myself that even though she is not with us on earth, she is with us in spirit. That just because we didn’t always get along, she knew I loved her and that she loved me.


When I look at my own children, I see her. Between the red hair (my mother was a redhead and proud of it), to their spirit (as my mom would call it), to their zest for life, I see her in each of them. Alex has her personality, wicked smarts, and the love for the stage. Andi has her loyal spirit, love for animals and can get anything she wants with her smile! As for Addy, she has her drive for life, her perseverance and strength like no other. All are confident beyond their years and sarcastic as all hell! That is my mom in a nutshell!


People often ask me, what is your fondest memory of your mom? Whether this sounds awful or not, I don’t have one. I’m not saying I don’t have fond memories growing up, but when I think about her or talk to her in my head, it’s her strength and determination that I remember. It’s all those moments where she would tell me that no matter what, the sun always comes up tomorrow. It’s one’s strength, determination, consistency and desire that defines us. That no matter what life throws at you, it’s up to you to set your own boundaries. No one else can define you, but you. Lastly, to love yourself first and always, cause at times that’s all you got!


So, to my mom. Thank you for making me who I am today. Thank you for the good times, the bad times and everything in between. Thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Thank you for always telling me how proud you are of me. For helping me be the best mom I can be to each of my children and guiding me in the years to come.


As I celebrate my birthday, I am celebrating you! I love you mom!


Much love,

Raising Addy

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