SO Moms….

I smiled all day long.


Both boys and their wives surprised me for an early birthday gift. I will be 55 years of age soon and it really blows my mind. I am not the least bit embarrassed to tell my age, in fact, I earned all the wrinkles, aches and pains. But my brain doesn’t feel 55, if that makes any sense.

Suffice it to say that when all the family gets together at the same time I get giddy. I am not kidding.

Our sons have their own lives and are busy. One couple lives two hours away, the other in another town. So getting everyone’s schedule to mesh has been quite a feat.

My husband knew how much I was longing for one afternoon with all six of us, and with lots of thought, preplanning and schedule checking….they pulled it off. I was absolutely thrilled.

Now let me preface this by saying the day before I was crying about turning 55 and not probably seeing my baby boys. Really. Let’s just say that there were some contributing factors that caused the tears to well up quite easily.

At any rate, my husband couldn’t stand it anymore. He told me about the surprise and I felt about one inch tall, no even smaller.  But I was so excited that I could hardly sleep.


This coming from the mom who barely slept at all when the boys were between the ages of 0-4 years of age. This coming from the mom who often thought she would never get any time alone, even to take a bath. This is coming from the mom who wondered why it was such a chore to get them to eat vegetables. This coming from the mom who taught her sons at home day everyday and wondered if she was ruining their lives and they would have to live with their parents forever. This coming from the mom who wouldn’t go to sleep until her teens were home.

Yep. I am that mom.


More than likely you will get sleep someday, you will get time alone to take a couple of baths in one night if you so choose. They will end up eating vegetables in one way or another, you won’t ruin their lives if you choose to homeschool or place them in public school, and most likely they won’t live with you forever..

Cherish each. and. every. moment. Even those that don’t seem worth cherishing.
They truly are….

And then one day when they are adults you will learn what they actually did with that broccoli spear that you thought they ate…and a bunch of other little secrets.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,



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