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September 06, 2010


Because & In Spite Of


This is my most favorite photo of my son, Andrew. It seems so long ago when I would wake him up from his naps so that we could go and pick up his big sister from preschool. And before we left the house, he always asked me to put his blanket around him like a cape. He loved wearing makeshift capes ... in case he needed to use his super powers to protect me, I am certain.

IMG_1675 And here's one of my favorite photos of Monica. She wanted nothing to do with capes. But pretty dresses with pretty socks and pretty shoes were what she loved. Princess powers were what she regularly channeled ... to beguile and bewilder all who interacted with her.

IMG_1681 Andrew and Monica. Monica and Andrew. My princess and my superhero.

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After years of being their mother, I've come to know a few things. They are my heart. And there are no others in this world who have made me into a better person than Andrew and Monica. And I'm proud to know that frequently, it is because of me that they have known happiness. But I'm prouder to know that occasionally, it is in spite of me they have also known happiness.  

Blessed am I.

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How very well said...you expressed what is also in THIS mother's heart...thank you.

so sweet. I read to my daughter, trying to hold back the tears...I'm sure all moms can relate to this post...so sweet and so true...thanks

Oh sooo true. Yes, the day will come when they realize it's the mostly because of you, that they have known happiness and will continue to know it. :)
Gerri

Motherhood is certainly a wonderful journey
Alison

Oh, this did bring tears to my eyes, just as I often feel weepy and proud when I think of my sons who have grown into wonderful human beings, despite and because of me.

You are truly blessed! I think of children as gifts, they give us so much and make us better people~
This was wonderful; Thank-you for sharing, a piece of your soul~

My cape boy is in college and my pink ballerina just
started high school. We can still revisit those wonderful days, with memories and photos. The magic is always there, when we touch a cornerstone of who we are and what we love!

what tender photos ..to go with your thoughts on motherhood..I can relate !

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