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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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Occupation and Industry?

Occupation-IndustryHow does any mom answer this question?  Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or you work outside the home, you’re always and forever a mom!

I was filling out some forms recently when I came across a field to enter my occupation.  I wanted to enter “Professional Mom.”  In the past, I might have joked about being a “Domestic Goddess,” but seriously all that the role of a Mom encompasses should not be ridiculed.  There are many occupations a Mom fulfills such as comforter, nurturer, diaper-changer, baby feeder (this was my job the summer of 7th grade at a neighbor’s who had infant twins), nurse, chauffeur, advocate, meal planner, Room Mom, cheerleader (even at sporting events when it’s 50 degrees and raining) healer of hurt bodies and hearts, playmate, confidante . . . . this is just the tip of the iceberg –- not nearly enough room on the form to describe the occupation of a Mom, so I guess Professional Mom will have to suffice.  Even though I work part-time at home now that my kids are older, I still feel like my “Mom” role is my true vocation.  It’s an ever-changing, ever-evolving role that has taught me more about myself and life than I could ever have imagined.

And when it comes to the question of industry?  I’d like to fill in the blank with “LIFE,” specifically the Department of Raising Children (to be compassionate, responsible and generous adults who will make the world a better place).  Unfortunately, all that won’t fit on the form.

I just want to acknowledge Moms for all they selflessly do for their kids and families.  We may never know how far-reaching our love is, but we always know it’s the most important thing!