Things I want my Kids to Know – You Are Loved

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You are Loved More Than You Could Ever Know….

This is the beginning post in my bi-monthly series of posts …”Things I Want My Kids to Know”- sharing insights, life lessons, and thoughts that I hope to pass along.

As my first blog post in this series it is very appropriate to let you know that I have loved you before you were born and I will love you always.

From your first heartbeats, to your first cries, to your first steps, to your funny expressions, your first words, your giggles, your adorable smiles, the sparkles in your eyes, your enthusiasm … Oh okay I’m Mom so I could go on FOREVER – I just love EVERYTHING  about you 🙂   You are each so very unique – God only made one Lakota~ and only one Nokona~.

Lakota, you were my first, and with you, everything was new. I had no idea what to expect, what to do as a mom,.  Oh,  its exciting, fun, frightful, and adventuresome to be a mom for the first time.   You were my beautiful “Little Britches” from the beginning… always the morning baby, bubbly & always smiling, sweet right to the core.  Nokona, my second born, I was excited to find out that we were going to have a little boy.  My handsome, “Little Bear”,  so kind & loving, your hugs that would melt anyone, always the curious one, you take everything in (more than most people realize).  I even love your night owl tendencies.  Your sissy was a big help when you were born but having two precious little ones to care for was new territory and still quite the adventure.  You have both grown into wonderful children. I have been very blessed to be your mother.

 I don’t know if it is even possible to describe a love a parent has for a child.   Moreover, it is even less possible for a youth/child to comprehend its depth. 

I want you to know that I don’t expect you to be perfect.  I know that you will make decisions that will thrill me and some choices that I may disapprove, as you get older; however, my love is not contingent on your actions.  I will ALWAYS love you.  There is nothing that you could ever do that I would cause me to stop loving you.

That being said, I am not perfect. I apologize upfront for my misgivings/failings but I will do the best I can to be the best mom I know how to be.   Love does not mean that you get everything you want – Quite the contrary. BECAUSE I love you, I WILL tell you “No” sometimes.  I will give you rules and expect you to follow them. 

I will always be your loudest cheerleader.  I will always encourage excelling and helping each of you in any way possible toward your goals.  Foremost, I will be your parent.  I will put every effort into equipping and shaping you toward being the best Lakota and Nokona you can be as you grow into adulthood.  I am always here if you need to vent, to talk, to reason.  However, I won’t always have the answers to every problem life throws our way, but God does and we can trust him!

Nokona & Lakota I love you to the moon and back times infinity (=


I love your…

Energy             Hugs                Mommy Spa Nights                Smiles              Chattiness              our walks/runs/hikes

 Those crazy things you say                to hear you Sing          Charisma         Helpfulness

“Shopachocic” Ways               Remembrances of “Later-ago”

 your “I love you Mommy”        Focus            bright minds

 Compassion                kindness          thoughtfulness            love for our Bible Lessons           hugs             contagious giggles        your love for animals & nature

 Inquisitive thinking  & mind-boggling questions                love for sports and activity                 friendliness                         the bright sparkle in your eyes

I love the way you set your mind and go after it

I love the way you are driven and don’t give up easily      

I love the way you are close to each other and look after each other

 I am so very thankful for every moment!

 Love Always!

Mom