I know this is a day late, but I wanted to write this anyway.
This is a tribute to my wife, a Happy Mother’s Day if you will. She may never read this (she’s not a regular on the blog) but I thought the world should know how much she rocks.
You see, when I was in college, I never really thought I’d have kids. I’m not sure why, I just never really envisioned myself as a Dad, nor did I think that taking care of children was something I wanted to do, pretty much ever. When I started dating Jen (which initially was supposed to be nothing more than a fling) I fell in love almost instantly. I knew that she was the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. So as the relationship went on, we started talking about what we wanted out of life. I found out that Jen really wanted to be a Mother and to have a family. I knew that if I wanted to have her in my life, I would have to come around to that way of thinking. I resigned myself to the fact that I would eventually have kids. Then I asked Jen to marry me.
Well, lucky for me, she accepted. Once we were married, I did talk Jen into waiting a few years to get pregnant. I wanted us to be able to explore life as a couple first, the family could come later. She reluctantly agreed. After six years in the marriage, we started trying for a family. After about a year, we finally got pregnant, and a little over seven months later (yes Kali was about two months premature) we had our first child. Kalista Quinn.
For those of you without kids, this sounds cliche, but my world changed that day. I was a Dad, and I felt love which I had never known. And in the last 2 1/2 years, that love has grown every day with Kali, and the birth of our second child, Clarissa Iris.
My daughters mean everything to me. And for a guy who wasn’t sure if he even wanted kids, that is a huge thing. Without Jen wanting a family so passionately, I may have never known such joy. Jen, thank you so much for dragging me into parenthood, I don’t know if there’s anything I can ever do that could repay you. I promise I will try.
Jen, you are one of the best mothers I have ever seen in action. I love how much you worry about the kids. I love how excited you get when they learn something new. I love how Claire looks at you. I love how Kali can’t wait to hug you. I love how you have given up your career for a few years to raise the kids. I love how you embrace the hardest job in the world, being a Mom. In short, I love you. I couldn’t have asked for a better wife, partner, lover and mother to my children.
Thank You and Happy Mother’s Day.