These are my two beautiful girls and such a joy to my life they have been. But sometimes life is not always filled with joy.
For the past couple of years my youngest daughter has been dealing with health issues. It was a very scary time for all of us. But thankfully, a couple of months ago, she got a clean bill of health, and now she can finally move on with her life.
She just applied for a brand new job which will hopefully begin a wonderful career for her (fingers crossed she gets the job) and although raising a daughter (on her own) is not the ideal life for a 20 year old young woman, she is an amazing Mom and we are so proud of her!
Then there is my oldest daughter, Amanda.....
A couple of weeks ago Amanda moved from the home (and friends) she has known for the past four years, to a whole new city and a whole new job. A huge city, all alone - she was scared too death!
But as scary as that is for her, now she is also dealing with the break up of her five year relationship. Her and Nolan got engaged last year and were supposed to get married next summer. But that's all over now. Last week their relationship ended.
This mother's heart aches so deeply for her children when she knows they are hurting. All I want to do is scoop them both into my arms and protect them from the big bad world. But as happy as it would make me to keep them safe, I also realize that I would be preventing them from learning the lessons in life that will form their future and make them strong. If our lives consisted of only sunshine and rainbows we would never learn to appreciate their beauty as much as we do after a rainstorm.
I have always told my girls that we have two choices in life. We can look at the mountains of life in fear, or we can take a big deep breath, and climb that thing. Standing on the top of that mountain will always feel better than sitting at the bottom in fear. Either way, no matter which choice we make - sit or climb - the mountain will still there.
A message to my girls:
“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
~Christopher Robin to Pooh~
And most important....always remember that I love you both (all the monies in the world) xx