Being a Mom can be hard. Like, really hard.

There is this overwhelming reality that you have been given this life to influence and to bring up someone who adds to society and ultimately leaves the world a better place. There is the hope that they will have a greater, positive impact than you did. Some days, it takes everything you have to hold it together, to keep everybody happy, to wake everyone up, get them off to school, go to work, come home, make dinner, get everyone to bed, and get everything ready for the next day. But, then there are those days where it all just falls in place. Those days are what makes it worthwhile.

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It’s 4 a.m. and the alarm goes off. I roll out of bed with more energy than usual. I throw my clothes on and walk into his room. I gently rub his back and say, “Buddy, time to get up.” As he groggily awakes, he looks up at me and says, “Mama, is today the day? Is today the day we get to go? We get to fish?” I look at him and immediately feel happy that he’s so excited about the thing that I am passionate about. Today is the day. I’ve taken him fly fishing with me before, but today’s a little different. He’s grown older, taken an active interest and asked to go. Today we are fishing with a group and he’s so excited to be the big kid:  the big kid that gets to hang with the adults for the day. As I watch him hastily eat his breakfast, all I can think about is how thrilled I am to expose him more intimately to the lifestyle that has truly become my vitality. 

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