This one comes thanks to Lindsay. She inspired me this morning! Thank you for putting things in perspective for me Lindsay!
One of my roles in life, because I'm sure we all have more than one, is to raise my kids and help them have a childhood filled with as much joy and love as I had.
My Mom and Dad raised a strong, independent, confidant young woman. If I can only do half as good as they did I will be excited.
My goal is to instill the confidence that Madison and Tyler will need to get through their adolescent years and be able to know that just because their friends, or people they want to be friends with, think something is a good idea they have their own thoughts and their own choices to make and they shouldn't let anyone do that for them. I want them to be strong, free, independent, proud, happy, loving, caring, thought provoking individuals. I want them to be leaders, not followers. I want them to set the standard that others are going to strive to reach. But I still want them to be humble and approachable. I want them to be people their friends can turn to when they need strength and support. People someone can confide in and trust. I want my children to exude love and hope to the world. I want them to leave trails of joy wherever they may stride through life. I want them to be the people that others look to for strength and guidance.I hope that someday they will be pillars in their communities, maybe not the entire town or state, o world, but at least the lives of the people they do know and come in contact with on a regular basis. I want them to know true love in their life and I hope that Ben and I can be an example of what to look for in a partner. That way they can find someone who will magnify the strength, love, and drive that I know is in them.
That, I think is my true role in life. I do believe that I have many others, but that is the one I hold nearest to my heart... I feel that if all of this is the only thing I accomplish in my life I will have succeeded!
Madison and Tyler, I love you. I always will, no matter what choices you make. Just know that you will always be the joys of my life and I will always be your mom. I will here for you when you need me, I will comfort you when you need to cry, I will laugh at all the kooky things you do, I will cheer louder than all when you try your best, and I will party like no other when it comes time to celebrate you guys!!!!!