Yep, that’s what Gladys Knight said. And it’s true, this family is the best thing that ever happened to me for certain. Briant and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary last month which means the WilderNest is 17 as well! How time has flown…I told someone the other day (I don’t remember who) that when you’re in the throes of raising children “the days go by slowly, but the years go by quickly.” I remember those early years when I was sooo busy, especially during the school years when all four kids had extracurricular activities. I rolled around town in my minivan (later in my big SUV:) dropping off and picking up our kids until night many days. In addition, they visited their other parents regularly so the schedule was pretty tight around our home. Believe it or not, I loved every minute of our organized chaos..especially the carpool. I’m sure our 4 will never forget the times when we were running late for school, and as Will recently said, “Time just seemed to stand still” for us. And that was even if we stopped by the Burger King drive thru for breakfast !! Of course time really did’nt stand still, but obviously those days were magical for our family… I treasure those magical moments, even that really bad day when we ran over our neighbor’s mailbox with our “then new” SUV…well, that’s definitely a story for another post : )
This summer has been good. It has been a time of reflection for me, even though our schedule as a married couple has been extremely active. My annoying chronic illness has reared it’s ugly head since about April which means a great deal of fatigue and tiredness. Translation: I have felt pretty rotten and had more down time than I would like. My family has been amazing…I have felt the love and support from each of my loved ones even on my worst days. We are closer than ever; and we still have so much fun when we get together…it seems like we never stop laughing. Humor has always gotten our family through many times that really were not that funny!! I believe every second of time invested in building “our nest” has paid us back with more love than I ever expected. So really, they are the best thing that ever happened to me.