Happy Mother’s Day
Our Allura staff’s heartwarming tributes to their Moms.
Steph Van Der Merwe
“My mom is one of the most beautiful role models in my life. She has taught me how to love unconditionally, forgive endlessly and live life honestly. She has provided for our family through thick and thin. And for that and so many other things I want to say THANK YOU MOM. I love you to the moon and back. Xo”
I LOVE that anytime I come close to having a freak out moment, I can hear your voice saying “Everything is going to be okay”.
I LOVE that when I was little, you read me the Little Engine That Could. Over…and over…and over again. I still recite the lines “I think I can, I think I can” when I am faced with a seemingly impossible task.
I LOVE that you tell me that I am your favorite daughter…and I LOVE knowing that you tell Tevin and Tammy the same.
I LOVE the memories I have of “just us” when Tammy and Tevin would leave for school.
I LOVE that you always let us play dress up with even your most expensive shoes, outfits and jewelry.
I LOVE that even though I was the third child, I felt like your first. Reading to my kindergarten class, being a room mom at Halloween or customizing my prom dresses, you always gave 100% for me.
I LOVE that you let me make mistakes and I LOVE that you rewarded our good behavior with 18 scoops of ice cream in an earthquake sundae.
I LOVE that you used to let us play hookie so that we could have mommy dates.
I LOVE that you look so good at 62 that I never have to be afraid of getting older. I LOVE that you taught me neck exercises to keep me looking young!
I LOVE that you love condensed milk and I LOVE that I will always have the image of you licking the lid of the can in my head.
I LOVE your laugh, and your smile, and your smell..none of which I will ever forget
I LOVE that you raised us to love the Lord and to trust Him even when things don’t work out like we planned.
I LOVE that you love the sci fi channel and old black and white movies.
I LOVE that you made our clothes and cooked for us even when we had the money to wear extravagant clothing and eat out.
I LOVE that you taught me how to be a lady but love camping, football and beer too.
I LOVE that you still balance your checkbook just like I do.
I LOVE that you have a practical car and also a need for speed so you keep your trans am…just in case. I also LOVE that you can drive a stick shift like a race car driver.
Lastly, I LOVE that I can always be proud of the woman you have been and the woman that you are.
I LOVE YOU, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!
“My mom is definitely not afraid to show her faults or act silly. Beauty and compassion to not adequately reflect her true value. She has endured more loss than most, sacrificed for many, and makes herself available when needed.
After raising 6 children, my parents have now adopted and are raising their great grandchild. Not many people at this point in their lives would be willing to take on this enormous responsibility again.
So thank you mom for giving me boundaries while allowing me to explore and grow. I love you!”
“My mom has never let me down, she has always been there for me. She has taught me everything from how to ride a horse to the art of making jewelry. Without her I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I love her more than anything!”
Becky de la Torre, MD
“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot imagine my life without her. She is my world. I love you Mom!”
“My mother JoAnn, still the most beautiful “Southern Belle”. She taught me from an early age that kindness matters, beauty is everywhere when your heart is open and that life…with all its challenges is meant to be shared with love, laughter and gratitude.”
“How many people are lucky enough to have a Queen for a mother? Me, I am that lucky. Most people know Yvonne as a business owner and one of the most talented injectable and laser specialists in the world (all biases aside), but she is so much more than that to me. I am fortunate enough to have a mother that is a voice of reason, even if I don’t want to hear it. She is a story teller, an advice giver, a shopping buddy, a partner-in-crime and a problem solver. She is also a broken heart healer, a teacher, a cheerleader and an angel, and I get to call her Mom. Thank you for understanding what I do not say and always holding my hand. So, Happy Mother’s Day Mom, I love you more than I could ever possibly find the words to say.”
“A photo of me and my Mum. A lady who always encouraged me to travel from a young age and to do everything I wanted to do. The sky was the limit.”
“If I could describe my mother in one word, it would be selfless. She puts everyone she loves (and honestly, even those she doesn’t) needs before her own. She is the most compassionate and hardworking role model, and I’m a lucky gal to have her as a mom.”
“I have many photos of my parents holding hands over the years. This photo was taken at the time of their 60th Wedding Anniversary. I see their holding hands as them treating each other as equals as they travel through life meeting each new challenge together. I can honestly say that having a strong woman like my Mom in my life made me the man I am today. Love you, Mom.”
“My mom has always been a great role model and loving mom. I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful and loving life.”
Suzy Saenz, MD
“If it weren’t for my Mom, Dora, I would not be where I am today. She set such a great example as a hard worker, giving her all at work as well as in the home.
She is a great mom to her 4 children and even greater grandmother to her 13 grandchildren. My mom always encouraged me and supported me in whatever I did. She helped me find my strengths and celebrated all of my successes.
Thanks Mom for all of this and especially of your genes! You have gotten even more beautiful with age —looking forward to it happening to me!! Happy Mother’s Day!”
“My mom was independent, courageous, determined and positive. She lost her mom at age 5 and was raised by her strict father, a stoic Japanese immigrant of very modest means. She worked in a pineapple factory to pay her tuition at the University of Hawaii and was the only one of 8 siblings to receive a diploma. Even after tragically losing her husband at 52, she remained positive and enjoyed her family and teaching elementary school. Her grit kept her smiling and waving even through debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and dementia. She was and still is my #1 hero.”