Mother's Day Memories

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In 2003, a dear friend was visiting with her husband and then 2-year-old daughter.  We hadn't seen each other in almost a decade, but the years fell away as we caught up on life's events.  As we talked, we discussed her family and how having a child changed everything.  I'll never forget what she said . . 

"It (being a mom) is the best thing I've ever done, but it is the hardest thing I've ever done." 
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At the time,

Jeff and I were childless and it didn't seem possible that we could be full-time innkeepers and parents, too.  Through a series of chance encounters and events, we were lead to parenting through adoption.  In the Spring of 2005, we were holding a beautiful baby girl we named Alexis. The missing piece clicked into place and we learned to juggle innkeeping while raising our daughter.

Alexis is now nearly 14-years old and she will be starting high school in the Fall.  Time has truly flown!  While there have been many challenges there have been so many more joyful moments. 

So often my friend's words have come to mind -

"It is the best thing I've ever done, but it is the hardest thing I've ever done."

To this day, I would do it all over again and in just the same way.  Motherhood has brought me so much love, joy, and laughter. 

I think of all the ways my own mother has influenced me, supported me and helped me through the ups and the downs of life.  I want to be the same type of mother for my own daughter and sow the seeds that she will use to make her way in this world and hopefully, to raise her own family someday.  That is truly the best gift to give and to receive.

If your mother is still with you, give her a huge hug; if not, know that the seeds she sowed are still in your heart.   May your Mother's Day be joy-filled! 

Peace and blessings,