I never really knew how much my mom gave up for us until I became a mom myself. I grew up in a family of five kids. While my dad worked full-time, he preferred that my mom stayed at home to take care of us kids. She did everything for us. She prepared our meals, drove us to and from school, supported our dreams, cried with us when we got our hearts broken, helped us get up after every fall and showered us with so much love and light. Before I had a family of my own, I never really gave her contribution to my life much thought. I was grateful of course, but I only really understood when i had my first son. Having experienced giving birth made me realize what a hero my mom is. She not only gave birth to all of us, she also raised us to be the people that we are today. I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards her that I feel I can never really repay except by maybe being the same kind of mom she was to my children. Hopefully that would make her happy.