16 Years

So 16 years ago today I became a mother when my daughter was born.  I was 26 years old and I had been married for almost 3 years. I’ll be honest when I married my first husband I’m not sure I was really in love with him.  I cared about him and he made me want a life that I hadn’t wanted previously but I’m not sure I was actually in  love. When my daughter was born was the first time I actually fell in love with another person.  She changed me in ways I never dreamed of. I honestly wouldn’t be a teacher today if it hadn’t been for becoming a mother. I have spent the majority of my time as a mother on my own. I never wanted to be a single parent but that is how things worked out. I have often worried that my children have missed out by not growing up with both their parents but I also know that I am a better person away from their dad. My daughter is my best friend and she has taught me so much about life.  She has such a good heart and a clear head when it comes to others. She has always been one of the most perceptive people I have ever known. My life has changed so much in the last 16 years. My boyfriend actually gives me hope that my future will be full even after my kids have moved on to their respective lives. I only have two more years with my daughter and I plan to make the most of it. I never want her to doubt how important she is to me.IMG-20120428-00011

This is one of my favorite snapshots of my daughter.  She looks very different from this now but I still like to remember her like this too!!

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