A hand to hold …

As of yesterday afternoon my world finally calmed down. Yay! It’s honestly been a whirlwind. A wave of relaxation literally washed over me after my last meeting yesterday. Last night I realized that I’ve been so busy that I hadn’t really even given much thought to my favorite holiday fast approaching. Even after decorating, confirming with George when he would head home and after booking Sid’s flight it still hadn’t hit me. Talk about distracted!

I had big plans today. Plans to nurture myself. THIS is so important. Seriously, we all need to do more of it. But that’s a topic for another day. My day started early with a wonderful carefree run. I prayed. I thought about Thanksgiving. I thought about how blessed we are and how thankful I am. And then it hit me! ALL of my babies will be home. SOON. I was instantly overcome with emotions. I have not been with all four of my kids at the same time since early August. That’s a first. Again, I don’t like it but I wouldn’t want it any other way. They are off living their lives and becoming who they are meant to be. It’s beautiful.

The picture I posted with this blog is quite a few years old but it’s one of my favorites. I’d be lying if I said that I don’t miss those days. I do. They were days when we were all a bit younger and life wasn’t pulling us in so many different directions. I’m not one to want to turn back time, but I do like to look back. It makes me appreciate our togetherness even more now. I love our family history and the memories that we have made. They are, after all, what paved the way to what is our now. Again, it is beautiful. I know that our NOW might not look like our THEN but it still takes my breath away. These incredible souls are my WHY. I am blessed to be their mom. So so so blessed. And I am grateful that regardless of how much time passes or the distance between them, that they will always have each other to walk through life with. As an only child I wanted this for them. No. I needed this for them. And knowing that they have each other fills this mama’s heart with immeasurable peace and joy.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have a hand to hold!!!

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Happy Halloween …

Playing. Dressing up. Pretending. Eating candy. Every day should be like today!

Well, I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!!!

Accomplished …

I have been around the motherhood block a few times. This makes my twenty-first year Halloween costuming little people. Some years it was ugly. There was a lot of last minute craziness. There were even Halloween day trips to overcrowded picked over stores that came with it an ugliness that remains indescribable with words in the English language. After what I have seen and endured to ensure my kids looked adorable, I can assure you that there are few finer moments than when a mother stands before a completed costume (prop and hair color included) the night before Halloween.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel accomplished!!!

Slim pickens …

I have not finished my Valentine’s Day shopping. I NEVER wait until the day before. My future does not look bright. I am envisioning store isles in disarray that closely resemble the day after Armageddon. I am preparing myself to engage in a battle for the last bag of holiday wrapped Kit-Kats. I’m mentally wrapping my head around purchasing the last bent (and possibly dirty) greeting card on the rack. This is my fault. I waited. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t have slim pickens!!!