I have found that my mom is anything but a slacker. She made dozens of bows, smocked dresses, brought surprise lunches to our elementary school, sent care packages and loves us with her whole being. She put her dreams on hold to raise my sister and me and she did it without complaint. When I think of her I think of the fruits of the spirit song that I learned as a kid...you know..."the fruit of the spirit's not an apple....the fruit of the spirit's not a banana......they are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control."
My mom would give her arm for Kristen or I and we are so lucky to have her as a role model. I never understood that kind of love until having AJ. I can generally be a rather selfish person, but I get it now. AJ is my baby and I would give her the moon if I could. My mom was in labor for something like 48 hours with me and even longer with my sister...all without drugs!!! I'm impressed that she even had the courage to have a second child after her nightmare birth with my sister. I am so thankful that she did and even more that she was there by my side...feeding me ice chips...and able to capture AJ's entrance into the world. AJ's "j" is for my mom; I don't always show her how much I love her but I wanted to honor her for generations to come.
Six years ago I gained an additional mom. She is strong and feisty, she loves the beach, Jimmy Buffet & shopping. Further she is generous and thoughtful and she raised my husband to be the honorable man he has become, and for this I am truly grateful.
AJ is so lucky to have these two as her Mimi & Gigi (sorry for the less than stellar photos!)