As a parent, there are many milestones we go through while raising our children. The final goal is the same through each of these milestones, to do the very best that we can to raise our kids right.

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This ‘raising our kids right’ thing has never been more prominent in my mind as it has been these past 5 weeks since my daughter announced her wedding date.

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SO many emotions every day as we make plans and the date gets closer to when she’ll walk down that aisle.

Excitement for the new path that’s laid out before this eldest daughter of mine.

Excitement in our family growing by the addition of a new son (in law).

Yet the occasional struggle to come to grips that my time as “mommy” to my “little girl” will never be the same.

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It doesn’t even seem possible that it’s already time, that she’s already grown up.

I was actually doing quite fine with it all, enjoying it and embracing it all very well actually… until I heard a song. I can’t even remember where I heard it? TV perhaps, or the background music on a Facebook video? Maybe the radio? I’m not sure.

What I am sure of though, is that I have not been able to keep my emotions under wrap since! And it’s kind of driving me bonkers… I’m not accustomed to not being in control of my emotions.

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Over 22.5 years ago for Alesia’s very first Christmas my husbands aunt gave us a music tape of lullabies.
Every single night for many years afterwards I would play this tape and sing along with the lullabies while I rocked my baby, and later on, babies.

Baby Mine

This particular song was one of my favourites. It’s brought back such strong vivid memories of my first years as a mother with this Baby of Mine.

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I sometimes feel like I’ve spent half my life battling this little girl. We are alike in some ways, both stubborn and strong willed. In other ways, we are very different. These differences have been the heart of many battles over the years.

I am an introvert, and this girl of mine is an extrovert through and through. It’s often difficult for us to understand one another because of this.

Yet these same ‘issues’ that caused struggles growing up, are probably some of the things we admire most in one another.

I admire her ease in public and ability to take on new tasks and meet new people.

I expect one day when she has children, she’ll appreciate her mother’s ability to be content at home raising her family.

But no matter the struggles, the joys have been so much more. With marriage and the addition of John to the family, there’s the promise of even more joy. We truly are blessed.

Family and friends are coming from as far as the Netherlands, Texas, Ontario, British Columbia and of course, nearby, to help us celebrate! I’m in awe at the willingness of so many to drop everything on such short notice to join us. It will be a true celebration!

This introvert is trying her best to embrace the ‘crowd’ and follow her daughters lead in enjoying all the people! 😉

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As we spend these last ten days preparing for Alesia’s wedding, I’m sure the emotional roller coaster will continue and I’ll keep hanging on for the ride!

Raising children is definitely the ride of my life! I’m quite sure that ride doesn’t stop when they get married!