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Wait! What?!! 21 years ago today?!

Twenty-one years ago today the birth of our twin boys began a journey for all of us that would create a family. We would make memories, laugh and cry, hope and despair, hug and fight, play and work, worship and question, celebrate and comfort, support and encourage always, love unconditionally.  And go to many many baseball games, cross-country and track meets, field trips, class parties, band and chorus concerts and swim meets too!  All good things . . . all good things . . .

I can remember so many details about the boys’ first few weeks at home — like skinny little chicken legs, raspy newborn cries, lots (and I mean lots!) of diapers, night blurring into day and back again, then smiles and eventually laughs, eating – – lots of eating! We were so proud of our baby boys – what a gift we had received from God!  What a new appreciation we had for our parents!

With the help of our families, our sleep and sanity were restored after some time.  They helped us through the bumpy first months and we all thrived on their love.  The fear of the unknown and being first-time parents eventually began to balance out and we found a new rhythm to our days – – our life as a family.  We joyfully added to our family with the birth of our daughter six and a half years later.

And here we are today – 21 years later – a stronger family for the things we have been through together, grateful for the memories we have made and looking forward to making many more.  We are still so proud of our boys – – they have grown into independent, generous, loving and strong young men.  We continue to transition through life; and we know there will be challenges ahead, but two things remain constant – – we have our faith and we have each other no matter what – – after all, isn’t that what being a family is all about?

Happy 21st Birthday, Jonny & Joseph!

J and J April 2014

I am blessed and honored that God chose me to be your Mom!
I love you forever! XO

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We’re Rich with Snow!

The holidays wore me out – – honestly!  The snow and the record-breaking cold have forced me to slow down for a couple days and I am grateful.

I took the kids sledding last week (yes, the 20-year-old boys and their girlfriends and my 14-year old daughter!) and it brought back some great memories.  I even bravely went down the hill once.  Since I didn’t get hurt or wet my pants, I decided not to tempt fate and just enjoy watching.   I had the same sense of delight seeing them have fun now as I did when they were little.  I was happy to see that they are still kids at heart, and I hope for them that never goes away!

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I remember the days it took at least 30 minutes to dress both boys to go out to play – – snow pants, then boots, then mittens (mittens first so the cuffs would be under the coat sleeves), then coats, hats and scarves.  “Let’s build a snowman!” I would say with great enthusiasm.  They would be excited about that for about 5 minutes before they would become distracted by their footprints or how far they could throw the snow or what the snow tasted like (no yellow snow, please!!).  I would find myself crawling around the yard rolling up a snowman because we had to have something to show for our outing.  Jonny enjoyed tossing the snow up in to air and yelling, “We’re rich with snow!”  I have never forgotten his simple joy that day.

Inevitably and all too soon, one of the boys would need to go potty or lose a glove or a boot, and I would hustle them into the house looking like powdered-sugar covered donuts.  I learned quickly to have an empty laundry basket near the door to catch all the snowy gear, which would eventually make its way to the dryer.  Then it was off to get dry clothes and a meal or snack and then hopefully a nap!  Two hours of work for 20 minutes of fun!  When your kids are small, that’s about all you can expect.  The older they got, the fun lasted longer and I could watch them from the window.  If I was lucky, I could get them to shovel the driveway with the promise of hot chocolate when they came in.  I’m so glad I was able to play with them and teach them how to have fun– to be “rich with snow.”

Sometimes I long for those days – – I no longer stand at the window to watch them play and build snowmen in the yard.  Now I stand at the window to wave as they drive off in their cars.  I pray for their safety and their safe return home . . . and I remember we are indeed “rich with snow” and many other blessings.

“Accept”

I was noticing a very pregnant woman at church recently, and I had a flashback.  I was about 7 months pregnant and feeling very cumbersome – – it was difficult to get comfortable anywhere I went, especially if there were no pillows. (Pillows are a pregnant woman’s best friends!) I had actually made it through the mass without having to go to the bathroom, and we were standing for the final blessing.  Usually, the priest or deacon will say, “Bow your heads and receive God’s blessing.”  But for some reason on this particular Sunday the priest said, “Bow your heads and accept God’s blessing.”  When my head was bowed, I was looking at my very large belly and the word “ACCEPT” really resonated with me.  These babies were truly a blessing from God.  I had only planned on one child at a time, but God had other ideas for our family.  He certainly knew how to get my attention!  I was apprehensive about becoming a mother to two babies at once, and this was only the beginning of my journey of learning to trust God.  It’s something I’m still working on today and probably will be for the rest of my life.

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     This makes me wonder how many blessings God has given me that I have not accepted or even been aware of.   I’m the kind of person that tries to do things on my own first.  The tape that plays in my head says, “I can handle this!”  So asking for help does not come naturally to me (and I suspect it’s the same for many women and men, too).  But I have come to realize that asking God for help eases the burdens we moms sometimes carry.  Our blessings don’t always come neatly wrapped and are not always as obvious as a new baby (or two!).  In hindsight, I see many blessings in disguise throughout my life, and I am more watchful now than I used to be.  What are your blessings?