So many tragic events have happened around the world and closer to home. I have had tough parenting moments and difficult situations at work. Yet, I've also seen instances of love, kindness, generosity, and courage. These points of light shine through the darkness and give me hope. Most notably, this is the first year I have not worried about whether our children would be ours forever. The adoption was final in December 2014 and it is as if they were "born from my own body." We thank God every night for keeping our family together.
In the midst of our relief, parenting continues to be the hardest job I have ever done. At this point, I have forgiven my parents for any "mistakes" they made and recognize them for the superheroes they truly are (Wonder Woman and Thor). I try to remind myself to savor the special moments like when a sweet little voice says, "Mommy, I love you so much." It's difficult to see now, but I believe one day I will look back and see the constellation of my life, a mixture of darkness and light.