I can't say enough about my kids, Nolan and Jaelyn. Simply put, I'm one lucky mom to have them. They are my (and Jack's) proudest accomplishments.
They made parenting easy as they grew up. Of course, as adults they have now told us some things they did as teenagers that we were clueless about. And we've laughed about it, because in the grand scheme of things, they have just always been pretty awesome.
Today our family went out for brunch to belatedly celebrate my birthday. Jaelyn's fiancee Beau, and my mother-in-law and father-in-law were there too. We had a great time together, and that's what I like the most about our family. We genuinely enjoy being around each other.
I also love the fact that my kids know me. When they buy gifts, they seem to just know what to get for me. I admit that I'm not the best when it comes to gift ideas, so much of the time they are on their own. They always hit it out of the park, and once again, they did so today.
They know my personality and my interests. It's because they spend time with me. We have conversations. We talk about what we're reading, we go out to lunch or coffee, we shop, and we watch Husker games together. Even when we're not together, we text each other quite a bit throughout the week.
And, I don't take that for granted. I'm so appreciative of the relationship I have with them. I know it's not like this in every family. It's not to say we're perfect, because we're far from it. Overall, though, I know that I'm extremely thankful for their love every single day.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.