"It takes a village"

People always say that when you become a parent yourself, you come to appreciate your own mom (and dad) in a new light.  I’ve never experienced anything so true.  For those of you that may not know, I’m the mother of a fiercely independent toddler (that's her in the photo above!).  My little girl is what some people would describe as spirited, or busy and my mom is constantly reminding me that she's my karma.  Apparently I kept my mom on her toes.  I’m the oldest of two girls, and my daughter is the first grandchild.  When my daughter was born my husband and I were living 3 hours away from Saskatoon.  My mom spent the first week with us, while we transitioned into being parents and I cried the entire day when she finally went home (although I wouldn’t be surprised if my husband was secretly celebrating).

My mom has always been one of my best friends and I’m sure that over the years I’ve told her way more then she ever wanted to know.  When I was in high school she travelled a lot for work.  This meant that most of our communication was over the phone or by e-mail.  I think the fact that we weren't always face to face allowed my sister and I to be much more honest about what ever may have been going on in our lives at the time.  When you can be completely honest with someone it builds an amazing level of trust and respect.  I’m truly lucky to have that with my mom.  

Another beautiful thing that happened after my daughter was born is my relationship with my husband’s mother changed.  I can’t put into words how much I appreciate her and everything she does for us.  She tells me often that it “takes a village” to raise children, which makes me feel a little less guilty for leaning on her for support.  Our daughter is blessed with two truly amazing Grandma’s.  

Mother’s Day is fast approaching.   Make sure that you take time to appreciate all the women that were part of the village that raised you!        

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