A Walk Down Memory Lane
"This was a tough one this week. I looked at how my past has prepared me to be the caregiver I am today. All I kept thinking of was that nothing in my past prepared me for what I deal with on a daily basis. I mean, I show my son tons of love and do my best every day but I rally don't think anything can prepare you when you have a child with a terminal illness. All I keep remembering is the most devastating experience anyone can go through is the death of a child. Nothing can top that. So what does one do? Deal with as best you can. You can't learn how to deal with it in school, you can't learn to deal with it if no one close to you ever has. You just take one day at a time. And hopefully, Never Give Up."
"This is my mother and grandmother. I am who am I am today because I was raised by very strong women. I don't know that I could be as strong as I am in the situation I'm in if is wasn't for them."
" When I look at this picture I think of the kids I use to babysat for... how I cared for them... I saw how their parents loved them enough to put them in my care & it made me feel responsible & want kids of my own to care & love. (Now they are so grown up and spending time with my daughter.) Then I went into Day Care career caring for kids of all backgrounds. I saw how these little lives were neglected & unloved & it made me feel awful for them, how anyone could not love & provide for the innocent loving child God has blessed them with. It made me want to take care of all of them & have my own "miracle child" and show others how parenting should be done and how loving a child no matter what the circumstances are that they are as important to you as you are to them.. It has made me the person I am today. A Loving, caring, & protective mother that I am."
"This is me , my mom and baby girl Sara. Finally brought my baby home from hospital after 14 days in 2010. (Love this picture of the 3 of us) So glad my mom was there for me and my girl. I thought about how scared I was and thinking I hope to God I can be the best mom for my child & protect her the way my mom was with me. I really hope my girl knows how much she is loved. I love her so much and I want to be the best mom and to be strong for her like my mom was with me and still is... My mom is a wonderful Grandma and I am so grateful for her support and her love. I want to be that loving person for my girl."
"This is me and my mom on our last family vacation in 2012. The week we came home I conceived my oldest daughter, 4 years old now and she is the one I'm a caregiver to. When I was 7 months pregnant I unexpectedly lost my mom. She has taught me to stay strong, fight for my kids and so much more as she was a single mom. There are so many times on this journey I wish she was here. I know she would not leave my side and would be my right hand and even my left hand."