Being a Mother is the Trip of a Lifetime!

In many ways, I cannot believe I am a mother. These tiny creatures arrive, and all of the sudden you are responsible for a human life. It can be overwhelming, but there is no doubt that being their mother was the most important thing I have ever done.

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My first born, Alexandra.

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My little red nosed reindeer.

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With my babies.

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My little Wessie

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I loved playing with my children.

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Learning about turtle conservation in the Cayman Islands! Wesley named this turtle Max.

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Fun at a Disneyworld pool

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Merry Christmas!

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In Sedona.

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In Europe with my boy.

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Dressing up as “Alexander” of the Horrible,Terrible, Very Bad Day. My daughter was embarrassed that I dressed up…she wanted me to be more “normal”. Sorry, Sis.

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Halloween Fun

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The fam! Photo by Debra O’Brien

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The four of us


Taking Ally to college.

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At the Louvre.

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Vacations were always important to our family, it was a way of being together, of learning, and having new experiences.

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New York, New York!


Wes the Dive Master, Just a little fun on the sand

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At Tintagel, Cornwall, checking out King Arthur’s birthplace. Seeing my kids together always gives me a sense of deepest happiness.

They grow up, and that is both exhilarating and frightening. Randy and I were never parents who said, “I can’t wait for them to leave and go to college.” We would have been happy if they’d stayed teens, or preteens, it was, to quote David Copperfield, the best of times and the worst of times.

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Ally, Randy, Tam and Wes

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Celebrating Thanksgiving and Randy’s first walk alone after his double lung transplant

Randy’s illness was the most challenging part of our lives…we will celebrate his 3 year double lung transplant anniversary in September 2016! And our family has grown, we have a new daughter in law and a new son in law…not to mention all of the canine and feline “grandanimals”!


The Six of Us!

I am happy to see them grown up and starting lives of their own. It is as it should be. I have to confess, though, that I miss the noisy house, the chaos of having kids all over the place, the scent of baby powder, and the laughter of a baby. I used to think my parents were crazy when they talked about how fast it went…but I understand now. It seems that it went too fast, but I savored my time with them, and those memories will always be there.

The days of receiving dandelions and homemade cards are over for me, but my children will have that experience at some point in their lives, and that makes me happy. I hope they enjoy their children as much as I enjoyed them. Other mothers will know what I mean when I say these two young adult children of mine carry my heart with them always.

How sentimental I have become! I’m almost in tears. It’s time to get up and shake it off! But before I do, I want to share a poem that I read when my kids were little, and the last lines of it linger in memory…I took the advice from this poem and I am so grateful I did. It has made all the difference.

…The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
Because children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton







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  1. Love this! Being a Mom is a fantastic trip of a lifetime. There is always an adventure awaiting us!

  2. What great pictures! Isn’t wonderful when you can take your kids traveling? It opens up the world to them and changes their whole outlook on life. My kids are constantly going somewhere exciting.
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  3. Beautifully written as well as a beautiful family. You must be very proud at how they turned out. Then come the grandchildren and a whole other world!

  4. Nancy says:

    I understand totally the sentiments Tam
    And now my babies have babies … And although it’s not the same it is quite wonderful to have all these memories come back and watch my children enjoyed the same Joys as I did with them❤️

  5. Diane says:

    And then then grandbabies come and there’s the smell of baby powder again. And it all starts over . . .

  6. Nancy Hill says:

    I kinda used to wish I’d had a second, but with college and grad school costs still demanding a bit of help and an upcoming wedding that we are giving our little girl, well, I’m glad she has her half sister. You are so right when you are blissful about progeny being together. Warms a mother’s heart, but… they so need each other not to be alone with childhood memories later in life.

  7. Leanne says:

    what a coincidence to have written about very similar things on the same day! Your family looks lovely – and are very blessed to have traveled as far and wide as they have done with you.

  8. Rosemond says:

    Beautiful, love seeing all the photos of the many adventures and how they grew up traveling. It does make you teary when you see how quickly they grow up!
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