Today is my second daughter’s birthday. She is now 8 years old. She is my second of three kids. My other two kids are 9 1/2 and 6.

Usually around each of their birthdays, I get a little emotional (like most parents, I imagine), and I also reflect. I get emotional and reflect on so many different things.

As a mom and as a parent, it’s easy for me to reflect on how far they’ve come, how much they’ve grown, and how they’ve changed. It’s something that I think of quite often. It’s especially easy to do, when it’s their birthdays.

It can be so easy to get a little emotional over how fast the years have gone and how big they’ve gotten. I can’t always help it. I’m sure many parents feel the same while reminiscing over memories of their kids, when they were young and such.

That being said, I’m also really proud of the people they’re becoming. I have enjoyed seeing them grow into their own. No, they’re not perfect, but neither am I. They are good kids. It’s been quite a ride.

There are definitely times when I wish I could go back and enjoy it again. Maybe even do things a little differently. But at the end of the day, I can’t do that. They are growing up. They will continue to do so. All I can do is enjoy my time with them as much as I can while I still can, learn from my mistakes, and try to make it up, while spending time with each of them.

So here’s to many more birthdays with my kids!

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