This August makes four years with our daughter Annalyn. She will be the first to admit that they have been filled with many ups and downs. At times it felt as if we were growing further apart and yet we knew there was no other option but to stick together. Looking back, I can remember some of those tough times and appreciate that now things are just not as tough. In fact, they are much easier. Why? Because we have taken the time to learn about each other. I know where she struggles, I know what makes her laugh, I know what makes her sad, I know what she likes.... I know her. And she knows me. We have seen each other at our worst, we have comforted each other when we were down, we have celebrated together during the good times, and we continue to look forward to future memories we will make as a family.
If you ask me, that is what being a parent is all about. It is what adoption is about. It is how we do life around here. And it is a pleasure, a blessing, to be my daughter's mom.