Who I Am:
a daughter...I am a daughter to a very important man in my life. My dad has helped define who I am in so many ways. His decisions in his life effected me as I grew up and I learned from them and grew into the person I am today. He has always had good advice for me in his way of saying things but growing up with him I've learned how to understand his words. He is dear to me and I'm so thankful I'm his daughter. Being my mother's daughter, even though she passed away when I was 6 years old, defined who I am. Her memory is strong even though I was only 6 when she passed...she lives in me and my sisters and the stories people share about her life and who she was. I feel her guiding me as I was growing up and become the woman I am today. Her spirit is still guiding me and with me today.
a sister...I am a sister to 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Being a sister to so many has taught me so much about my life and having them in my life is so important. I'm the youngest so I often times am being mothered by them but that is ok...as I know they love me. I am not sure who I would be without my sisters and brothers. They are the best gifts my parents could have ever given me!
a wife...I am a wife to an amazing man. He is my rock and my home. We are both stubborn and our marriage is work...like Ben Afleck said in his recent Oscar acceptance speech...marriage is a lot of work...but that work is so rewarding and so worth every ounce of effort. I often tell him how happy I am that he is my husband and that we have the most amazing 2 girls in the world together. I'm thankful that we found each other and are doing our best to love, honor, and cherish each other.
a mother...Becoming a mom for the first and now the 2nd time, changed me in so many ways I don't even know where to begin. I think this is the biggest part of who I am today. It's the most rewarding and hardest thing about who I am. Someone once said that having children is like taking a part of your heart and letting it out in the world and I never understood this until the day I had Carmen. It's amazing how much love you can feel instantly for this little person that spent 9 months in you and now is in your arms. As this little person grows into a toddler, it's amazing how every day they learn something new and your heart just grows even more. Having my toddler squeal with happiness and call me Mommy when she sees me and my newborn smile a big smile at me...melts my heart into mush. I am blessed that they chose me to be their mom and I just hope that I do the best I can for them.
and lastly...a knitter/spinner...My knitting is always close by me and something that helps me balance my mind. I may live in a warm climate but the craft of knitting and playing with fiber is such a big part of who I am as a person too.
How would you define who you are?