Starting early …

I don’t care if Summer officially starts next week. With George home from college already, Sid coming home this week too and Libs and Reese’s last day of school on Thursday, I am officially claiming that Summer has started TODAY. Woo HOO!!!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you start early!!!

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You can make it to the finish …

My kids are BUSY. There are a lot of them. And they are heading in all sorts of directions. Libs and Reese have one more week of school left. THANK GOD. Libs had her Farewell Concert last night and her choir banquet is tonight. After that it’s JUST finals. For the record, when finals are used in correlation with the word “just” you know it’s been a heck of a school year. Despite there only being a week left, we still have a lot to work out too. UGH. I have some issues to deal with regarding Reese’s school plan for next year. Along with that I am helping George maneuver through the study abroad program. THAT is a DOOZY. So needless to say, the end of this school year has kicked my mom butt. I keep telling myself it will all be over soon. Which is actually what I tell myself on practically every run and race I’ve ever completed. HA! Anyway, the difference a mere seven days will make is honestly astonishing. School will be out, we will have lots of answers to our questions and Sid will be home. I simply can’t wait.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you make it to the finish!!!

You got this …

Tomorrow Libs takes the SAT. If I told you all the things that this girl has done to prepare herself for this test, I’m not sure you would believe me. But that’s the kind of kid she is. She makes sure she has no regrets. She makes sure that she does all the “right” things. And she puts her all into achieving her goals. She works HARD. And she will go far. As a mom, this week I have been on pins and needles. I have been extra mother-y.

Eat healthy.

Go to sleep early.

No, you can’t go to that.

The list goes on …

I was not going to let anything derail all of her efforts. She is READY and her dreams are BIG. And I want to see them all come true.

Well, I hope you all have a day where YOU GOT THIS!!!

Prom pampering …

Lib’s prom is this weekend and I am so excited for her! I do love to go ALL OUT over things like this and this event is no exception. We started yesterday by getting Lib’s hair cut and colored. A TOTALLY new look for her! And today she’s getting her first manicure and pedicure. Tomorrow we have even more planned to make her feel special. I LOVE IT!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get pampered!!!

My heart is full …

Both my “little” girls had a rough day today. Libs is OVER school, testing and college prep. And I don’t blame her! She definitely needed a BIG mama hug when I picked her up from school. My poor Reese fell twice today. She is not clumsy so when she falls it can really upset her. Falling twice had her in tears the second she saw me at the school gate. My poor baby! My heart hurts for both of them them. But today I was also reminded of what all these rough childhood days can lead to. Like seeing both my BIG kids out there adult-ing like champs today. Trust me, Sid and George had their fair share of rough childhood days too but to see them now, you would never know it. They are so ADULT-ISH. HA! I admit that the cuddles and snuggles that this momma gets to give and get from her “Littles” on yucky days like this can’t be beat. But neither can the joy I feel watching my older kids spread their wings and fly. Today reminds me that EVERY season in life has its ups and downs, but if you push through and lean on the ones who love you then there will be brighter days ahead. I also am reminded of how much love I have in my life. Not just to give, but also what I get back. I’m blessed and so incredibly thankful.

Well, I hope you all have a day where your heart is full!!!

Scared out of my mind …

There is one aspect of parenting that I absolutely loathe. It’s just one awful, terrible thing that I will NEVER enjoy. What, you ask, could that ONE thing be? TEACHING MY CHILDREN HOW TO DRIVE. It is NO FUN. NONE. Honestly, it’s terrifying. On soooooo many levels. And none of my children understand why. WHY?!?! Because I find it hard to trust my life with someone who I had to teach to use a spoon! Seriously, I tell them that. And although it makes me laugh every time I say it, there is so much truth in it. So. Much. Truth.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you weren’t scared out of your mind!!!

Thankful, grateful and blessed …

I am heading into this Mother’s Day weekend feeling pretty good so I want to write all of this now. It’s always unknown how the actual day will hit me. I can feel fine going to sleep the night before Mother’s Day and then BAM a blanket of sadness is there in the morning. But right now I feel overwhelmingly blessed and I want to stay focused on what I have, not on what I have lost. I truly have SO much to be thankful for. I’m thankful because I am a mom with the best kids in the world. I am thankful that I have been allowed to share so much of their lives with them. I am thankful I have watched almost three of them now grow to be adults. I absolutely LOVE watching them chase their dreams! And I am thankful that God entrusted me with Reese. I think I needed her just as much as she needed me. Of all the things that I have become in my life, MOTHER, is my favorite. Yes, I lost my mom, and that still hurts after 25 years. But being a mom has healed me so much and has eased my grief in a way that nothing else can. So, I want to give a BIG shout out to Sid, George, Libby and Reese (and, of course, Trevor Sid’s boyfriend too). Thank you. Thank you for taking the broken parts of me and putting me back together again. Thank you for understanding my grief and helping me grow through it. Thank you for readily seeing and honoring grandma’s legacy that has been weaved into each of your lives. You are truly my greatest joy. You are the reason I smile so much and why I laugh so hard. You are my hopes and dreams come true. I couldn’t possibly be me, without all of you. And there is absolutely nothing in this world that I love more than all of you!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel thankful, grateful and blessed!!!