Today I am thankful that I can celebrate my oldest and his wife’s one year anniversary in a few days!
As a Mom you go through many changes, challenges and chances with your children and I know my kids wished I came with a manual. I am certain my oldest would have preferred this the most as he was the “test model” and as the others came along he was the one that then became the “role model”. There is always a special relationship between a parent and the oldest because they are the one that you have absolutely no idea what you are doing and you hope and pray they turn out alright. Andy and I share the birth order of “oldest” so it was a blessing and a curse when I opened my mouth and MY mother came out. All the changes, challenges and chances I shared with Andrew were all firsts and then I had to remember that there were so many “lasts” that even though I have 4 other children, those firsts and lasts would never quite be the same. Looking into your firstborn’s eyes and realizing you are a Mom and responsible for that little baby that would one day grow up to be a man was overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. First car ride home, a million diaper changes, bottles, cups, crawling, talking, walking, running, playmates, kindergarten, grade school, high school, driving, girls, dates, graduation, employment, engagement, marriage and a first home. Ya, that was the readers digest version of “holy cow did I just blink and where did all that time go and how did I become not just a Mom, but a mother-in-law?”
It’s been almost a year that Andy and Julia have been married and it was a blessing to watch them say their vows. I learned a lot about what love meant to them and just how special it is to marry your best friend and how committed they have been to one another since he met her in 8th grade. It’s been a joy to watch them grow up as a couple through the years and now as husband and wife. It was a special journey to help them buy their very first home and to remember to be a Realtor and not a Mom. It has been a joy to watch them make the house into their home and to know they will one day raise a family there. Today, I am grateful for all the years that have come before watching Andrew become such a wonderful, caring and loving man and I am even more blessed to call Julia daughter and for all the years that are ahead of them that I will be a part of.
Happy 1st Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Szkaradek!
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