Embrace life…

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…in the blink of an eye a moment becomes a memory.

Snow! We blinked and it was gone. All we have is the memory of a white winter blanket canvassing the neighborhoods. Just yesterday my youngest daughter was dancing her first recital, starting kindergarten, and I was the grade mom for her class. In this very moment we are college searching and prom dress shopping. She went from tiny little preemie to a gorgeous teenager overnight. My son just made the school golf team. I have a very vivid memory of him at age five rolling in the grass screaming to go golfing with his dad and his dad’s friends. My favorite memory with him is at age three, as he held my hand and strolled down the beach looking up at me with his navy blue eyes only to tell me, “no ‘durl’ will ever take your place”. My heart melted and it still feels so real every time I walk the beach.

All of these moments become memories in the blink of an eye. My oldest daughter was my drama queen. What a colorful child she was and still is. She is strong-willed and witty. The moments in which she spoke so candidly and said the most outlandish phrases have not only become memories, but topics of family get-togethers. The rise of laughter as we relish in her accomplishments of completing two degrees and embarking on opening her own business always brings a good vibe to our dinner table.

Just how quickly the moments become memories… We do this all while enjoying the very moments of our lives. I often wonder where the time goes. It seems like only a short time ago that the two people – very much in love – who were planning a wedding and buying their first home together are now thinking of how much fun grandchildren and traveling the world would be.

I am thankful for the opportunities that I have embraced. I am blessed to live in the moment and to make new memories with each stage of my children’s lives. I strive for each day to be better than the previous day. I want those who I share my life with to have memories of me making their lives brighter every day of each year. I see life as an adventure. I look through rose colored glasses drinking from a glass half full. I do believe this helps me see life in the brightest of ways. It allows me embrace the world around me and give a little more of myself with a good attitude. I would like to think it provides my children with memories of a “can do” mom full of life, love and laughter. It is my wish that our moments are memories that last for generations.

Until the next issue… Embrace life. Your moments today are your memories tomorrow.