I grew up knowing I wanted to be a teacher but never a Mom. I always thought my students would be my children and that I would not need children of my very own. I was always at peace with the thought of not bringing children into the world.
I had no idea how much my children would change my world, how you could love one human being so much it hurt. The joy of just watching them sleep would make my world seem so much better. The sound of their laughter would fill my heart with such joy. Who would have thought hearing “I love you mom” could make a bad day seem so much better.
I know I am not a perfect mom. I would love to protect my children from everything bad in the world, I wished that I could have kept them from heartbreak, from not getting the job they wanted or not making the winning goal in soccer. I know sometimes I have hovered too much, I have stuck my nose in business it did not belong in, but I always have meant well. I love them with all my heart and remind them of it often.
I think back to all the hand drawn Mother’s Day Cards, Macaroni Necklaces and sweet I Love You Mom’s and I am so very thankful that not only am I a teacher but that I am a Mom, being a Mom is so much more than I could have ever imagined.
Cody is 26, in the US Navy and lives in California with his wife Katy.
Sara Beth just turned 21 and just finished her Junior year at the University of Oklahoma.
Samuel is 18 and just completed his Freshman year at Texas Tech University.