I have been blessed. The strength of the women I have come to know as I have traveled through this life astounds me. In honor of Mother's day, I would like to take the time to recognize some of them publicly - they mean the world to me!
My mom - She enabled me to know I can do anything I set my mind to. She gives me an example to strive for - in the face of every situation. She faces life with grace, humor, intelligence, faith, family, and a deck of cards.
Her mom - Grandmares - For bringing such strong and vibrant and loving daughters into the world.
Nana - For her unwavering optimism, her perserverance, her unflappable knowledge that she is doing what is right for her family ( especially her grandsons.)
Heather - For her willingness to share her son so that I could become a mother. Her strength amazes me daily, and the wonderful woman she has developed into. Her mother, Mary, for embracing us and loving us into her family from the beginning.
Carmen - for holding on just tightly enough to keep us connected, even when I was overloaded. Thank you for that, Carmen! (and I hope to see you at the butte this summer! )
Rachel - for her willingness to embrace the journey we are on together, for her bubbly laughter, companionship, for the family she has brought into our lives.
Susan - my best friend. It is likely she and I will commiserate for years to come on the impishness of our sons, our families' life journey, our (only slightly) mis-spent youth.
Deb - She has shown me the light at the end of the tunnel - two boys well grown up. They are her pride and joy ( as they should be), and she's a Packers fan to boot!
Working mom's extraordinaire - Xiaomei, Laura, Victoria, Joyce - incredibly capable moms who still show me that you can be a great professional too.
Lindy - Our "other" mother. Her 4 years with us allowed me to be a better mom. Because I knew that Lindy was in the house, I had clear conscious about how the kids were growing up, even while I was working. Her love, attention, and time, ensured that Brett and Grant continue to grow up to meet their potential.
Jennifer and Rose - who have from time to time, embraced the Kidders and allowed us to be part of their extended families.
My wish for you - a terrific mother's day, and that you can stop and acknowledge how you have impacted our lives! Lots of Love,