happy birthday, mumsy!

Today is my mom's birthday. So, for this very special annual occasion, I am going to share an open letter to her on her day.


To my beautiful Mum,

Where can I even begin to thank you for everything? Words cannot describe how much I love and appreciate everything you do for Mat, Wattsie and me. We are so blessed to have you in our lives, and we thank God for you every single day.

Thank you for being my first friend and my best friend. Thank you for always being there for me and for protecting me and caring for me. Thank you for loving me from the very beginning and for always putting Gunter and me before yourself. You define sacrifice to me in so many ways. Thank you, thank you.

Thank you for setting such a high standard of what it means to be a mother. Your example and instruction on motherhood is priceless, and I am better for them. I hope that I can be half the mom to Wattsie that you are to me.

Thank you for always being willing to listen to me and for being patient with me, even when I'm being unreasonable. You are a constant source of love, grace and mercy in my life, and I cannot thank you enough for that.

Thank you for being such a great "Momma Van" to Mat. I am so, so thankful that you love and appreciate my husband. We are so blessed because you support us and stand behind everything we do. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you also for being the best Mumsy in the world to my Wattsie! She doesn't yet have any clue how much you love her, but I know that she loves you already. Mat and I appreciate your love for her so much. Thank you for being so willing always to help us with her anytime we need it. You are incomparable!

Mummy, you deserve the best birthday in the world, because you are, without a single doubt in my mind, the best mother in the world. You are one of God's greatest blessings to me, and I seriously don't know what I would do without you. He uses you daily to bless my heart.

You are so beautiful, inside and out. Happy birthday, Mum. I love YOU more!


"Her children rise up and call her blessed;...
Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all."
-Proverbs 31:28-29


  1. Whitney, that has to be the best birthday gift Vanessa will get and all so true. Vanessa is a very special lady inside and out.

  2. Yes, Mary Ann is so right! This is the BEST birthday present I could ever receive! You, Mat, and Wattsie make it so easy to be a good Mom, Momma Van, and Mumsy! You are a wonderful daughter son-in-law, and granddaughter and I am so proud of all three of you! Thanks for making my day extra special with your beautiful letter. I will treasure it always! I love you MORE!!!!! Mum