The Diary of a Happy Mom: 40 and Beyond

The trials and tribulations of an adventurous modern mom

Raising smiles

It is that time of year again. November marks the birthdays of my two children Max and Sophia, born two years and four days apart.  I still can’t believe the timing of their birthdays nor can I believe how fast the time has passed. What seems in one part just yesterday and in another part eternity, next week Max will turn nine and Sophia will be seven. Just like that, I have two children in full time school and just like that I have the last few years of what I believe is the golden years of childhood.

Max and Sophia at Afton State Park this fall

Max and Sophia at Afton State Park this fall

Although life has become much easier now that the kids are older, it is still hard to imagine that not much longer their childhood will be over. Instead of smiling, happy innocent children they will become preteens, and then teens and then out of the house in college. It amazes me each and every day how fast they are growing up and how quickly life passes by.

I am utterly grateful that I’ve been able to be a stay at home mom and spend all these invaluable years together. Time that money could never buy. Giving up a career to raise a family is not an easy choice in many ways, but it was the best decision I ever made and I will always be so thankful. The years when they were babies were filled with exhaustion, loneliness, and hard work yet were also full of first smiles, first steps, and first “I love you’s,” all memories that I will never forget.

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I look forward to continuing along the never-ending, always changing journey of parenthood. Just because they are growing up does not mean they won’t need me. Instead, they will each need me in different ways. Love, support, encouragement and inspiration will always be something they will need to become healthy, productive young adults.  Life is not easy and I intend to be there along the way ensuring they are prepared to meet the many ups and downs they will face.

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But for now, I’m going to hold on tight to the remaining years of their childhood and try to remember when I’m angry or tired that these are the years at the end of my life that I will remember the most and be more thankful for. These are the years that no matter how hard they can be, are the most sacred. To be a mother, raising smiles, is the most incredible gift I could have ever received.

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This entry was posted on November 5, 2013 by in Childhood, PARENTING and tagged , , , , .
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