I’ve needed my share of encouragement through the years, and continue to do so. I’ve been married 2 weeks shy of 18 years to my best friend, my partner in all things, one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Ben is kind-hearted, patient, and works so hard for his family. He is loyal, and wants nothing more than for each of his girls to feel loved. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him. After 11 years of marriage, we entered the world of parenthood, becoming parents to Rowyn.
Ro is a delight, loving to laugh, play, swim, and spend time with those she loves. She is in grade 1 and enjoys her teacher, her classmates, and the demands of the classroom. Ro and I are wired VERY similarly – we are happy to follow rules, please those around us, perform at a high level fueled by our endless stores of energy, live life with intensity – and we love to sleep. Violet was born 3 years, 3 weeks later. Many people took the liberty of telling me that siblings are often very different and I knew that. I was a teacher after all. But then we met Vi. She looked like Ro, and there were many similarities between the sisters through infancy. Then her personality started to shine through. Vi is full of life, and loves to do the opposite of what you expect. Vi is quite physical in all her interactions, resulting in many tears and raised voices. However, she loves nothing more than squealing and laughing with her big sister, going to the park, her best friend Renee, and swimming. I’ve struggled being a great parent to Vi. Consequences don’t phase her. She is so different than myself, than Ro…but is so empathetic, so loving, so sweet, with a sweet voice that whispers “I love you” through my hair as we lay side by side in her bottom bunk each night – she melts my heart on a daily basis.
Here’s to the journey, the laughs and tears along the way, and sharing it with you.