Dear Mom…Love Nick

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Dear Mom,

I am so incredibly fortunate and thankful to have been brought into this world by such a wonderful mother like yourself. You are one of the strongest and one of the smartest people that I know. I admire how hardworking you are; no matter what obstacles come your way, you always make an effort to keep moving forward. You taught me to never give up and you gave me the strength and wisdom that I have today. No matter what, you always make it an appoint to put your children first and I can not thank you enough for that. I appreciate all of the things you have done for our family and all of the things you continue to do on a daily basis. Even if i don’t get a chance to say thank you, I truly am grateful and appreciative of everything that you do. The list goes on and on. I want you to know that you deserve nothing but the best, and that you deserve to be happy and healthy. I truly hope you enjoy this Mother’s Day because you deserve it. Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom that I could ever ask for. I love you with all my heart!

 

Love,

Nicholas

Dear Mom:

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Dear Mommy,

When I heard that the Lance staff would be writing Mother’s Day blogs this week, I was pretty nervous. For one thing, I’ve never been good at writing anything sentimental or personal. If you haven’t noticed, I write the same thing on every card I give you for every single holiday. I’m sure you’re tired of my annual “Happy Mother’s Day! I love you!” card. Well, I’m pretty sick of it too, so I’m going to try my best to make this post a little better.

Some mothers would probably argue that your ways of parenting weren’t always conventional, but I’m so happy that you raised me the way you did. For example, I know a lot of people criticized you for never sending me to preschool, but because I spent so much time at home with you, I now have memories that a lot of other kids my age will never have. And when your friends told you that allowing me to listen to Britney Spears when I was 2 years old was a bad idea, you never listened. Instead, by allowing me to listen to that controversial pop star, you unknowingly began my love of music, something that I don’t know what I would do without today. (I’m sure Daddy would say it was him playing Ozzy Osbourne that led me to like heavy rock music, but I’ll let you have this one.)

I know that I don’t say it enough, but I truly appreciate everything you do for our family. I don’t know how you deal with everything that’s been going on lately, but somehow you do. How you deal with two teenage daughters, a husband, four crazy cats, work, etc, is beyond me. I could never remember to do half the things you do on a daily basis. I can’t even put my clean clothes away without you reminding me fifty times. 

That’s not even to mention all of the things you do for Alyssa and I that most parents wouldn’t even consider doing for their children. You’ve gotten stuck in five hour blizzards, various thunderstorms, 100+ degree heat waves, and more just to take us to the concerts we love to go to. While I’m on the subject, thanks for sitting through all of those heavy “screamo” concerts and multiple Warped Tours where I’m sure you’d rather be anywhere else. I know most kids would cringe at the thought of their mom going to concerts with them, but I’m always happy to have you there.

Anyways, I could probably fill a book with all of the things you’ve done for our family and how much we all appreciate it, but I’ll keep it short. A simple blog post or a Mother’s Day card will never be enough to say thank you for everything you continuously do for our family. Our family may be small and have our issues, but you keep us together. I love you so much, and I’m so happy to be your daughter. Happy Mother’s Day!! (PS: I hope this blog is equivalent to Alyssa’s extravagant card that I’m sure she’s going to give you, and makes up for my lack of one…) 

Love, Amanda

Dear Mom..

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Dear Mom,

It’s hard to express in words exactly how grateful for everything you’ve done for me, but I’ll try my best. You’re the reason I’m here today and it may be cheesy but you’ve made me who I am today. You’re the most caring person I know because not only do you care of me and Shannon, you take care of my friends too and treat them as they were part of our family. You’re the strongest woman I’ll ever know, and I’ll never understand how you can put up with me and Shannon. You’ve been through so much between the two of us the drama of a young teenage girl’s life in middle school or having to worry every time I go out to drive the car. You’ve done so much for all of us in the family that you deserve nothing but the best on this day for mothers. I’m sorry I’m working on Mother’s Day, but I just want you to know that I love you with all my heart and you’re the best mother anyone could have, and I’m so lucky it’s me. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done and everything you will do for me. I can’t think of anything else to say to express my gratitude besides saying “thank you” over and over again. I wish this letter could be longer but I just don’t think words can express how thankful I am to have such a strong, caring, loving mother in my life, so I’ll end this with the simply powerful words, I love you, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day. 

Love,
Taylor

Dear Mom

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Dear Mom,

This blog to commemorate our mothers has to be one of the most challenging pieces I’ve written. To acknowledge everything you’ve done for me and our family is impossible because there is no way that I can remember all of the sacrifices you’ve made, all the annoyances (from me mostly) that you so calmly deal with.

Back when you were signing me up for T-ball, soccer, and whatever else I wanted to play, I didn’t realize that you were adding more to your endless to-do list. I know these sports I did as a kid may not seem like a big deal, but it just meant that you had to buy me all my equipment, drive me to all my practices, to all my games, which you sat and watched me, no matter what more important matters were going on. There was no question that you would be at my games, but it meant the world to me. In my early soccer days I would want to be the star of the game just because I knew you were watching. As much as I enjoyed hearing Dad yelling, or talking strategy with me if there was a pause in a game, all it took was for a simple smile or wave from you that let me know you were cheering me on. These are the little things that kept me going as a kid, the little things that relaxed me on the field. As I got older, as the games got more competitive, I knew that I could still count on you to be there. My mentality changed, I wanted to play as best I could so you could proudly say “That’s my son”.

Ever since those days, that has been what I lived for. I want to make you proud to say that you’re my mother. No matter what I did, No matter what I will do, will be to make you proud. It doesn’t matter how difficult, because that is the least I can do for the last 18 years of your sacrifice, 18 years of love, and 18 years of you making me the person I am today. I know it may have been tough, being your third child, but if I learned anything from my life on this Earth is that you are strong. You are the only woman I know who can be as tough as nails but still have a sweet, loving side to her.

I just hope I can become a man, who in your eyes, is an honorable and caring man. I attribute any success in my life to you, and will continue to do that for the rest of my life.

I love you Mom,

Anthony

Love, Jelani

New Year's I spent with my mom. Isn't she so cute? I know and featuring my little me. (Jalen or as we would say Moo Moo)
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Dear Mommy,

Words could never explain the amount of love I have for you. I’m so blessed to have you in my life and I really don’t know where I would be without you. You help guide me through this crazy world through everything I go through whenever I don’t know what to do. Dad helps too, and is always there even though we always argue. Anyways, I have seen you at worst and at your best. I like to think that you’re happy throughout all the bad times because we always have each others backs. The hardest times seeing you was during chemo, especially the first one.

It was so hard seeing you so helpless, and in so much pain. It hurt seeing you so weak, and not knowing what to do to take the pain away from you. Sometimes, even wishing that I could just consume all that weakness and instead of you hurting so much I would rather be in pain. Through that amount of time, from finding out you had breast cancer to getting the text that said that you were cancer free and had beat it, were the times that proved to me that you were the strongest person I know. You broke down here and there, but you always remained strong and optimistic. I love that the most about you, and you alway project that positive outlook for everything. Even when I have doubt in things. you talk to me and show me that things will get better, and you move on.

Remember the day you said I could get my tattoo? That was the best day for me. Not only was it my first tattoo, but it was dedicated to you. I remember the tattoo artist saying, “why don’t you want it to face everyone?” and I refused to get it that way because it was for me and only me. It wasn’t meant for everyone else, because I hold it so special and it reminds me of you, which will always be strength, courage and so much love. Throughout all your crazy moments, that include being mean and angry, to being loving and funny, I will always take you for who you are. (Don’t have much of a choice, really) Just kidding, I know you would get me if I said that and tell me to be quiet.

Anyways, with everything that our little family goes through, we always have each other and you hold us together with all the arguments and yelling even when you get on all of us. Whenever these kind of times come around like your birthday or mother’s day, I like to do things for you because you do so much for me all the time and that’s not more than materialistic things. You help me get through all my problems that I would never know how to handle or solve without you. You’ve shaped me and made me grow so much and you can basically say I’m your little twin. (You may not notice, but we look alike now.) Haha, oh well but all I can say is that I’m extremely blessed  to have you in my life and wouldn’t know what to do without you. I love you, mommy. Please know that and never forget that. Thank you isn’t enough to explain how grateful and thankful I am. I hope you enjoy everything for Mother’s Day.

 

This is my mommy tattoo and a breast cancer ribbon colored in pink that I got on my wrist.

This is my mommy tattoo and a breast cancer ribbon colored in pink that I got on my wrist.

Dear Mom..

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It’s been almost 5 years now that you’ve passed away, but I still think about all the incredible things you did for me. From cooking, to cleaning, to playing with me, there was never really a dull moment with you around. Regardless of your disease, you always made an effort to attend every school function I was ever a part of. You were always my biggest fan and pushed me to do my best. It was a long and tiresome road for you for those ten years you suffered with cancer, but you were always the strongest one in the family. It was never easy watching you struggle doing simple tasks and I often offered my help, but you always insisted on doing them on your own. It took me a while to fully appreciate all the things you’ve done, and I wish you were still around to tell you how sorry I am for taking you for granted. I know that physically, you aren’t here, but I can still feel you all around me, especially at the moments I need your guidance the most. It hasn’t been easy growing up without you. Matter of fact, it’s been hell. I’ve made a lot of mistakes I know I could have avoided if you were still here. Now that I’m about to start college, I think about all the adventures I’ll have and wish I could tell you about all of them. But until the day I can, you will always be kept in my mind and heart. Thank you for everything, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day.

Love,

Lauren

Where are they now? Xavier Hernandez by Nicholas Gallo

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Xavier Hernandez is currently a senior at New Milford High School. He was a part of the The Lance  team from 2012-2013.

“Everyday I miss writing for such a wonderful class and especially for The Lance. I would definitely continue to write some really good movie and sports reviews,” stated Hernandez.

Hernandez is enjoying his last year of high school. He is playing Varsity Baseball for the Knights and is continuing to do well in school.

Hernandez plans on attending Bergen Community College in the fall of 2014. He hopes to receive a degree in criminal justice and then to transfer to a four year college after two years.