Now there was a break in hostilities of almost a decade as Ahhotep raised her son, ruling Egypt on his behalf as regnet. As an adult, and king of the unified land, Ahmose was not ashamed to admit the deep debt that he owed to his mother. On a unique stela recovered from Karnak he encouraged his people to revere her as "one who has accomplished the rites and taken care of Egypt":
She has looked after her Egypt's soldiers, she has guarded Egypt, she has brought back her fugitives and gathered together her deserters, and she has pacified Upper Egypt and expelled her rebels.If we read this stela literally, and there seems to be no good reason not to, it seems that Ahhotep had been forced to take up arms in defence of her country (Thebes), perhaps in the uncertain days following the death of Kamose. For the first time we have written proof that the queen regent could wield real authority.