Richard Shiro—AP
May 5, 2015 5:23 PM EDT

As we come up on another Mother’s Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank both of you. Thank you for being my sweet little good luck charms over the years.

I remember in my first race for the State House both of you were my biggest cheerleaders. As you sat in the back in your car seats, every time we would pass one of my yard signs you would both cheer! It didn’t matter that it was the same signs we would pass.

You always made me smile no matter how tough it was.

As we have continued to live and grow as a family in public life, you have dealt beautifully with things that weren’t always normal — people taking pictures of us in restaurants, people pointing and staring, and people saying mean things about me in campaigns.

But through it all you both always stayed above it. I often wonder how you both grew up knowing not to take it all too seriously. I’m so thankful you don’t.

You are the ones that keep me grounded. No other title will ever mean more to me than being your mom. Whether it is us walking down the dozens of State House steps at the Christmas tree lighting all trying to smile and not fall, or you having to deal with me getting locked out of the house in my robe when your dad was deployed, I love how we are always able to laugh at everything.

Your dad and I are so proud of both of you. I feel so blessed to be able to kiss your cheeks as we get you out the door to school, or be silly on our Haley Family Fun Nights. I know whatever comes our way in life, nothing will ever mean more to me than the gift of being your mom.

I couldn’t love either of you more!

Haley is the governor of South Carolina

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