As mother’s day draws near, I can’t help but spend a few minutes thinking about how lucky I am. Like most people, I will spend some time on Mother’s Day thinking about my Mom and how much she meant to me, but I will also spend time thinking about how very honored I am to be the Mom of two of the most incredible people on the planet. I know that raising my two amazing daughters was the greatest accomplishment of my life. It is hard to find the words to describe how proud I am to be their Mom.
I have often described Rachael as a force of nature. She is the most determined and driven person I have ever met. From day one she has been in high gear, accomplishing any goal that she set out for herself. She is so smart and funny and such a genuinely caring person. She does have that famous red-headed temper, so we have had our struggles at times, but I am constantly in awe at her ability to tackle any challenge and master any skill. I remember one of her elementary teachers saying “I wish I could fast forward and see the incredible things you will accomplish” and I know that teacher was right. How could a mom not be proud to have a daughter like Rachael?
I usually describe Danielle as my hippie child, born a few decades too late, Danielle is a strong advocate for compassion and justice. Just like her sister, Danielle is motivated and very successful, but Danielle is very much her own person. She is a kind, sweet, intelligent and amazingly creative young lady. Where Rachael is much more traditional, Danielle is comfortably unique. Danielle is always proud to wear her upcycled clothing and make a fashion statement that is all her own. She never fails to amaze me with her crazy costumes or her newest business ventures. As a successful model, most people immediately notice how beautiful she is – but I know that her true beauty is on the inside.
Mother’s day is the perfect time to think about how lucky I am. I know I made mistakes at times, and being a Mom is never easy, but when I look at these two phenomenal women I can’t help but feel great.