Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Vacation

Well, summer vacation is here and both of the girls are in activities.  Today was Sharon's first day of swimming lessons and Winona's first day of basketball camp.  As for me, it was my first day juggling everything that mom's do when the school year comes to an end.

Since we are fairly new to the area, we don't just leave ten minutes before we need to be somewhere.  It took me an extra few minutes to find the school where Sharon had her swimming lessons.  I was happy that I could drive her there and then walk her inside to the pool.  In years past, my mom would help me do this.  It is a great feeling to be independent.  This time when I sat watching her, I didn't have my mom sitting next to me.  I missed her company, but there is something to be said for being able to take responsibility for my own children.  I should add that even though Sharon dreaded going to her lesson, she did a great job!

After Sharon and I dropped Winona off at he basketball camp, Sharon and I ran many errands.  We went to the bank, dropped off money at her Girls Scout leader's house and then went to the Post Office.  Again, these are ALL things that either my husband did or my mom would assist me with in the past.

Even though I feel like all I did was run my kids around all day, I know that I really accomplished something today.  In many ways I feel whole.  I could never fully understand how mother's could get so much done in one day and run there kids in five different directions.  I think I am slowly starting to get it.

Now that I'm home for the first time all day I get to clean the kitchen, do laundry and make dinner.  Yes, I may seem a little overwhelmed, but last year I wouldn't have been able to do any of these tasks.  These are all very special gifts that have been given to me today and I love each and everyone of them the same.


  1. I will never forget my joy and amazement when you walked down the front steps as we left to walk Winona to the school bus in May of 2010. In less than two months, your entire mobility changed and you were independent! Gary cried. I told him he'd have to cope with his feelings as you needed to show us what you could do. You were beaming from ear to ear. Instead of go-granny-go at the stoplight, it's now go-Jean-go! You've always been a terrific parent. We are blessed that you are able to do so much more with your adoring daughters.

  2. It is so refreshing to hear your gratitude for being able to join the busy Mom club with full participation! I am so happy for you, and it must be a blessing for your mom and your husband, too. I know your girls are proud of you. Soon they will just take it for granted, but for now, you're the star!

  3. Ann, Thank you so much for your kind words. I really hope that my girls don't forget what our lives used to be like. It's really important to me to make sure that they don't take things for granted in life. Whenever they say that something isn't fair, they usually get an ear full from either me or my husband. Yes, my parents are thrilled watching me do so many things that they never thought their little girl would do as an adult. I will forever be grateful that my mom and dad were still alive to see my medical miracle. Thanks for following my Blog! Have a great weekend. Jean