Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blogger challenge #11, 7. 24.14 proudest moment. Like most parents, my proudest moments revolve around my kids. And there are many of those moments- graduations, weddings, awards, jobs, etc. But I'm going to lump many proud moments of all three of them into one-  the way they have stood by each other, lifted each other up, been there for each other, helped each other and spoken up for each other since the death of their dad. They had no time to prepare for this, as they lost him suddenly, tragically and senselessly. But, from the very first night you could see that it was a priority for all three of them to do anything they needed to do to help the other two get through this time. And I like to think that this is the reason that they have all made it through almost three years of  grief, holding their heads high, keeping their dad's memory alive and living life like they know their dad would have wanted them to- having fun, loving life and celebrating every single day.

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

So, even though it's really a moment of being proud of someone else, I am proud of myself, and their dad, for raising three strong, resilient, caring people. We definitely weren't perfect parents, but we must have done something right. And I think it was the fact that we both loved them more than life itself- loved being around them, loved talking to them, loved listening to them, loved having fun with them- and we were fiercely protective of their well-being. And they knew it. I think that was the key. They knew it.

I know most mothers will say this, but I am completely in awe of all three of them.

Have another great day!  Juli


  1. Lol that last photo with Colbey being Colbey cracks me up! Yes, you have a wonderful trifecta of kids :)