But, 100% of the time it is a privilege to have them call me "mom". Even on the rougher days, when I lock myself in my room for a brief time-out, there are always so many sweet blessings to be found. We always say "I love you". I always remind them to say their bedtime prayers. The little ones always remind us to have scriptures. There are smiles and hugs and forgiveness. As they get older, there are great conversations to balance out the ones full of drama. While they are still young, there are still little arms around my neck and morning cuddles. Every phase has something wonderful to enjoy. Each child is unique, and it is a pleasure to watch these five amazing kids grow and learn and flourish.
February was an exhausting month; I'm glad I had Jeff and these five along for the adventure.