I am so excited about starting this blog in the hope that with sharing my experiences someone else might benefit from them. I started out on my parenting journey as an eighteen year old unwed mother. I had no idea how I was going to mother this beautiful baby girl that was now relying totally on me for everything. My journey into parenthood was difficult and yet so rewarding. I didn’t even know how to love this baby or what family really was.
Before she was born I knew that I had to try to rekindle the relationship with my family even though I was estranged from them at that point except for my elder sister. I didn’t want my baby to grow up with only myself to depend on. I remember thinking “What if she hates me, she will have no one else to turn to for help if there is no extended family around her.”
After she was born I decided that I wanted to learn what made family so desirable to most people. I had a dear friend that lived in the same apartment building as I did and whenever she had her brother and sister over to visit she would invite me along. They LOVED being with each other and would have so much fun every time they gathered together. I would often just sit and watch their interaction revelling in the incredible joy they got from being together. This is what I wanted to create for my daughter!
This was the beginning of my parenting journey that has led me through 34 years and 3 other wonderful children including two grandchildren who unfortunately live on the other side of the world. I have raised three daughters and one son and homeschooled the two youngest ones. My last baby is soon to turn nineteen and I have loved every bit of raising my family. Parenthood is wonderful even though it can drive you crazy at times. I would do it all over again if I was young enough to have the energy to keep up with children but at 53 I have to accept my limitations. Too bad!
So now I lend my efforts more towards helping others. I have many friends that come to me to share about their struggles with their own families. It is such a pleasure to try to help them find their way through the maze of child rearing. As well I love to see young families when I am out and about and I look for every opportunity to share with them words of encouragement when I see the great job they are doing with their children. I am hoping that with this blog I will be able to encourage all of you on your journey through this most rewarding land of mothering.