Everyone that knows me well, knows that I have experienced a great tragedy in my life. And I am certain that there are many of you out there that have as well. But, as difficult as it may seem at the time, some good is wrought from every situation. Easy enough to say now, many years later. I did come to peace and decided not to let that sorrow define me. In retrospect, I can see how that experience has led me to become the person I am today. I feel strongly about this thing I call “Home”. “Children grow so quickly”, I’d heard it a thousand times, but now that most of mine are young adults, and it does pretty much happen overnight, I find myself looking back with fond thoughts. I know when you are knee deep in things to do, then the dryer quits and the phone rings with the school calling to come pick up a sick child, it feels as though those are very long days. But in a few very short years, your out of the woods and your children become more and more independent. What am I trying to say you ask? Make the most of your present time. Mindfulness, used to be the buzz word – live in the moment. Make your home the happiest, a warm safe place to come to at the end of the school day – or your day. Make the effort to create memories, no matter how simple. Think back to when you were a child, some of the most ordinary things probably became fond memories. There are no do-overs, when it comes to raising children. No matter what size or where your home is, give it your best, I promise you, the rewards will be great.