They Call Me Mom

October 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )


Being a mother is one of the most

rewarding experiences in a woman’s life. As a little girl my friends and I would talk and dream about being married, having babies, the big white house with the white picket fence, and girlfriends over for coffee (trying to visualize being a grownup.) All this while playing house in the living room.

When my husband and I married, we thought we would grow old together, talked about raising our family, buying our first home together, envisioned a life as proud grandparents. Sometimes life takes a different direction. My husband died due to  complications from his disease. I was left with the awesome responsibility to raise my young son alone. Single parenthood was difficult and presented many challenges and hardships but Levi and I survived them all.

My life was forever changed again in July 2007 when my son died in a tragic car accident. He was only 20. There are no words to describe the depth of grief I felt that day. It has been a long road to healing and moving forward in my life. I have the love  of family and friends to support and encourage me.

My husband and I bought a nice house in a good neighborhood before he became terminally ill. We have good neighbors. My son played with the next door neighbor often. I had always wanted a little girl, so it was sweet Ashley would call me mommy. To also to this day, I am still called mom by Ashley and her boyfriend Ryan. These two young adults have helped me in more ways than they could know. Though I miss my son Levi everyday, I have gained two more kids. Last year we went to the pumpkin patch for a photo shoot for my first book. We had more fun playing in the corn maze that we almost forgot about the pictures. ( I think they are pretty good-looking). Sometimes life throws you a curve ball you don’t think you could recover from. Take the time to smell the roses around you even if life is hectic. There are loved ones we need to hug, kids who need to know we are proud of them and we are glad they are in our lives. They will gone before you know it. off to college, getting married and having a family of their own. I appreciate the little things in life… like being called mom. Life is good indeed!


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