I’m a little late to the party!!! Yesterday was International Daughter Day and I have two to brag about!
I definitely drew lucky cards in that department! I wanted girls and I got the best I could have ever hoped for!!!
I mean seriously, if I had custom ordered what I wanted, I couldn’t have done any better.
They have given me such joy and laughter and love and amazing experiences. And most of all, the feelings of unconditional love. Oh, and Hanson!!!
I am such a better person for being their mom so thank you whoever anointed me with that job.
I love you to infinity and beyond Nikki Hill Johnson and Kori Hill Wallace!
They love each other so much!!!
When I Face Time with my grandson, he asks for Moji. I think Moji is his favorite thing he looks forward to when he comes to Nannie’s house.
One of the things I wanted in my next dog was sweetness and friendliness and I hit a home run with this one.
He seems to know that he needs to be gentle with Harrison. He’ll puppy-bite the adults but he only licks H.
It’s so cute to watch. And I feel grateful we got a good one, on both counts!!!
Remember back when you were a child and you had no worries, no complaints, and no thoughts of your limitations? When life was simply about noticing the beauty and abundance around you...
You CAN return to that...
It's all about choice and learning to train your brain to do that.
If you can learn this, you will see the amazing abundance all around you, just like my grandson felt yesterday in the field of sunflowers.
I'm so happy that I now have the ability to tap into that inner child that I had lost.
I see things all around me that I completely missed before I learned the brain training tools I now use every day.
You are never too old to learn new things and uncover the beauty in your life that has been there all along...
Eleven years today I became Mrs. Wright... The time has flown! But it's been an amazing ride, and I'm so glad I get to do the rest with him!!!
He makes my every day more fun, and I feel more loved than ever.
I met him at 18 but didn't walk down the aisle with him until I was 50. I always knew he was Mr. (W)Right, but the universe had to make us wait until the time was right.
I love this picture of us on our wedding day with my 2 daughters, who were our bridesmaids, looking on... It was a special day as it was my husband's first marriage and his friends thought the day would never happen.
Amazing things can happen late in life, if you just listen and follow your gut, no matter how high that mountain may seem. It IS possible. The dream I had at the young age of 18, finally came true.
Happy Anniversary to us and Happy (almost) Birthday to America!
Just had to share this crazy story...
I’ve had this picture for years... It was a gift from my father who bought it for my ex husband and I after our last Bernese Mountain dog died. At the time, we were so heartbroken that we decided to get a smaller dog that would live longer... No more BMDs.
So this picture was special. It gave us amazing memories of our Berners. We had 3 of those amazing dogs before we switched to a Chihuahua.
Not too long after we got that picture, my husband and I split up and I ended up with both the dog and the picture.
Fast forward to several years later...
The picture hangs in the guest room so we rarely look at it. This past weekend, my youngest grandson who is 22 months old was visiting with his parents. As he was playing in the bed with his mommy, he looked at the picture, pointed and said “Moji!”
My daughter looked up and was dumbfounded, as I was when she told me what happened...
The dog in the foreground of the picture, standing right...
Every single one of my dogs has had a name ending with an "eee" sound... like my name: Laurie. #weirdrandomfact
I've had Skeezi, Willie, Gerdy, Snoopy, Burkie, Ziggy, Josie, Chewy, Dobby, and now Moji.
People think that Moji stands for "emoji" but nope... Moji stands for "mojo" but since mojo doesn't end with an "eee" sound, I had to improvise and invent a name!
A unique name for a unique, sweet boy who has brought such joy into my life. My Moji!
And now you know one more weird random fact about me!
Time for you to share one of yours with me!!!
I'm so glad I had my girls young and got to be a grandma pretty early in life (at 51)...
I remember wanting so badly to get married and have children, and thinking I was gonna be an old maid - when I was 20!!! LOL!
Fortunately, my dream came true! I met my first husband a month before I turned 21. Eight months later, we were married (not pregnant!) and less than 18 months later, our first daughter was born.
Then 18 months after that, our second daughter was born. Our family was complete just 6 days after my 25th birthday!
I believe I wanted to be a young mom because I had young parents. And what was so terrific about having young parents is that my girls got to know them, and they got to see ALL 4 of their grandchildren graduate from college which means they saw them grow into adults.
We can't predict when we'll become moms or grandmas, but I know that I want to be around a long time so I can be known by my grandchildren. I want them to remember me as someone who lived life to her...
I took a big risk at age 50... jumping into a 2nd marriage with a guy who I fell in love with at age 18 and had a track record of non-commitment.
It sounds rather romantic that we reconnected after 27 years apart but our relationship back in the late 70s was a struggle. That soul-deep-love and passion were there for sure, but so were the arguments. Breaking up and getting back together were our thing...
He wanted his independence, and I wanted to control him and to be the center of his world, which at 20 years old, was not his idea of fun. So I finally decided to stop fighting a battle I couldn't win & moved on...
But I never forgot him...
And one day, 27 years later, I googled his name, found a phone number and called him. If I had told any of my friends, they would have told me I was crazy so I kept it to myself & arranged to meet him for lunch.
That risk was soooo worth it!!! This time around, I have the relationship I always wanted with him... I'm a priority in his life,...
How about some reflection on this special day?
I believe being a mom is one of THE most important jobs we can be given. And I know I have loved every minute.
Of course, being the mom of adult children is kind of like I'm retired from momhood now, but that job gave me lots of insight which is now being shared in my role as wise advisor to my 2 daughters who are navigating the world of littles.
Today I celebrate the work I did in raising my 2 magnificent children. They, if I may brag a bit, turned out to be amazing human beings and are doing a damn good job as mommies, better than I was for sure! (It looks like the cloning of a better version of me worked!!!)
And since they turned out pretty darn fabulous, I thought I'd share a few of the things I did right, that weren't always the easiest:
* I gave them space to fail. My advice: Don't swoop in and try to ease their pain. Failure leads to the best lessons in life.
* I made them pay for their own mistakes. My advice: If they get a parking...
What are YOU waiting (and wishing) to do again?
In this season of social distancing and carry-out, I’ve found myself longing for a nice dinner out socializing with friends, and although patience is by far not my strongest virtue, I keep reminding myself that good things come to those who wait.
So when frustration & feelings of isolation set in, remember: This season won’t last forever! This too shall pass...
And when it comes, I'm sure it will be better than we could have imagined because we will appreciate it so much more!
What's first on your list to do when society opens back up again?