May THESE moments define us. In THIS moment, my heart felt absolutely full and perfect. May I learn to keep the worry from robbing me of the joys of the moments like these. If I could live in THIS moment, 24 hours a day, I think I would. Because moments like THIS one are the ones where everything else -- all the worry -- just melt away and my life feels like complete perfection.
In my extended family, we've had a tragedy in the last few days that has made me really look at the roles everyone plays/has played . . . and here's the thing . . . whenever I think of my own mother, I think of love. Pure, undying, unconditional, intense love. She has, for 36 years, loved her children with the most unending, unconditional, intense and pure love. Loved us so hard it hurt her sometimes, I know that. And even though I might be able to pick some some imperfections in my mom, when I describe her to others, I always say she's the most loving, nurturing, take-care-of-everyone-else-on the planet, genuine person on earth. And I want, more than anything, to model that same love for my girls. I want them to grow up and know that their mama loved them to the ends of the earth and back. Crazy, unending, unconditional, pure, and intense love. The kind of love that takes my breath away. The kind my mama taught me. That's what I want them to know. That even on my worst days, they still take my breath away.
These two little ladies are my heart. I love them with every fiber of my being, every inch of my soul.