On May 4th, 2017 my two eldest daughters and I went to the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. We spent six days experiencing beautiful tropical weather, beaches, rainforest hikes, bodysurfing, great food, and snapping tons of selfies!
This was the first time I had ever been anywhere with just the two eldest of our seven children.
We all did great staying off our phones during the trip–making just the nightly calls to check-in at home (me to Todd and the three kids still at home, and Shannon and Abby to their families ❤️).
THEY LOVE ME
On the way home, we had time to post all our pics of all the mother-daughter amazingness!!
Maybe you saw them?
- Jumping in the air at the beach?
- Laughing at the cliffs?
- At the seaside farm to plate restaurants?
- Baking (with sunscreen!) in the sun?
- On our back-road mountain climbing car rides to the rainforest?
Sounds amazing, yes? Truth be told, it WAS amazing!!!
MY MOTHER’S DAY MIRACLE
One year ago, I would never have in a million years thought that my girls would have ever considered traveling out of the country with ME would be appealing. I know in their hearts it would have been a HOPE but most likely they would have never entertained it.
A LOT HAS CHANGED IN A YEAR
This trip was actually Shannon’s (our eldest) idea. She asked ME! I said YES! Then we asked Abby, and when she was a go, it was a done deal.
These two women, my daughters, have grown up with me.
I was pregnant with Shannon as a senior in high school and had Abby at 23. Growing up they had decisions made for them, by me, that were not easy to navigate at times. They loved me. They did not LIKE me. It was more like tolerated me 🙂 That was until this last year.
WHAT WE DIDN’T POST
The not so pretty part of mother-daughter love.
- Is it because they are like me in ways, and don’t want to be?
- Is it because they still feel the pain of those decisions that were made for them growing up?
- Is it that I really AM annoying and over the top and pushy and bossy and too happy and not enough?
ALL THE ABOVE IS TRUE….at times.
They love me and like me (most of the time ), and they are my BEST friends.
I can’t even believe I get to say that!!!
So that’s it, my mama bear friends.
KEEP UP THE GOOD AND IMPORTANT WORK
- Keep learning to love yourself and remembering how amazing you are.
- Keep reminding yourself how worthy YOU are.
- Tell your daughter EVERY DAY how worthy SHE IS.
- Teach them to love themselves, by example.
- You will get through the not so fun times.
- They love you.
- Be real, be honest, be wrong.
- Teach them to breathe fire.
- They are watching.
YOU ARE A KICK ASS MAMA THAT IS CHANGING THE WORLD!