Happy Mother’s Day!
Twenty two years ago, over the Fourth of July weekend, my life changed in a dramatically fantastic way! I married the love of my life, and also became a stepmom to two amazing children. I have never liked the label of “step” anything. But as I think about the importance of my relationship with Tiffany and Miles today, I realize we have taken many steps in our lives together. I know it’s not easy for kids to adapt to someone new in their dad’s life, and I am so grateful for their love and the blessings they have brought to my life.
Tiffany was 14 and Miles 10 when we became an extended family on that beautiful day on Mackinac Island. Those years are pretty emotional for kids without the complication of another person in their life! I am so proud of their grace and openness to communication early on. I am also thankful that we had virtually zero electronic distractions! We spent our time together talking, hiking, cooking, exploring and visiting family. My mom and grandma immediately bonded with and embraced Tiffany and Miles. It was heartwarming for me to experience, and certainly a special relationship I am reflecting on this Mother’s Day.
We’ve taken many important steps together along our life journey over the past 22 years. High school, college, careers, marriage, and most recently babies! Now Bill and I try to spend as much time as possible with Tiffany, Andrew, Easter and Ivo in Brooklyn; and Miles, Heather Grace and Georgia in San Diego. I am happy that I am not “Step-Grandma”, but Grandma Carolyn to Easter and Ivo, and Gob-Co to Grace. We’ll have to wait to hear from Georgia, 6 weeks old on Mother’s Day!
I am so proud of the parents our children have become, and thankful for the mothers Bill and I were blessed with.
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
Love and Happiness,