Fantasize freedom for your family...
Sometimes I have to take a step back, look over my life and see the big picture. Raising children has been one of the hardest journeys anyone can undertake. Many times I thought my heart would explode from the love and the pain of it all.
It has all been worth it. As you can see, the smiles on our faces tell it all. This picture is but a portion of the family Ed and I have created. They are the joy of my life. They are the wrinkles on my face and the gray hair on my head and I cherish them all. They have given me purpose, love, laughter, pain and joy. Whether close to home or far away, they remain always in my heart.
Stepping further back, I can see my family of origin and have to reflect on the distance of that experience. Mom was the glue holding us together. When she went onto the next level of her journey, she took a piece of me with her. As a mom, I have to remember this, the responsibility of motherhood. For, no matter where I am, I hold the hearts of my children carefully in my hand. It is a sacred calling and I take it very seriously.
This is to my children, Jimmy, Sabrina, David, Rachelle, Logan, Riley, Arianna, Chloe, Ava and Scarlett. By birth or by marriage, you are all loved completely. Thank you for all the love you have poured out on me. Thank you for the hope of a future full of love.
This is to the mothers and fathers reading this. You have the power to lift up or dash down the hearts of your children. What you "pour out" on your family will be "poured out" to us all. Be very, very careful for this is the power to change the world.