Thinking back, it was a choice I made to want to be a mother. I really didn't know what I was asking for at the time. It seemed to be the normal way the river might flow. A girl grows up, falls in love in high school, no less, marries and wants to have children. Seems very simple. It is not.
There are no books to tell a young mother what needs to be done to raise a child or more than one. It is a "guess we'll try this next time" kind of attitude. A partner that thinks as you do is a great help. As husband and wife, mother and father, you muddle through those years together. Were mistakes made....you can be sure. Were there successes....you can be sure. It is the toughest job there is. The only thing that can guide you seems to be common sense and instinct and a faith in God.
I was fortunate to have two beautiful babies....two daughters. And now another girl in the family, a granddaughter, is also going to follow in the steps my mother and grandmother and those other strong German women who walked before me.
Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful daughters, Erika and Angie. You have added more branches onto the family tree. Another three sons between the two of you will strengthen the trunk of our tree. May you enjoy each day as Mother's Day, not just this one special day. May your children grow strong and develop values to make them capable of leaving the nest and starting their own families. I love you all. Mom...2012