It was really weird being on national news for something unrelated to the Badgers - or Scott Walker's possible run for president. But there it was, dark and early this morning as I sat in my reclining rocker with my six month-old son, Roman. As I stared at his sweet little face, back asleep after being fed, I just can't even imagine what a mom does after losing her child. The news was on a very low volume, but it seemed to get louder and louder as the story went on. I hate that this went down in my city. I hate that a 19 year-old lost his life and that his family and friends have to try to keep going. I hate that an officer fired his gun killing someone and now he has to try and figure out where that leaves him. But, I'm proud of the peaceful protests I'm seeing. I'm proud of the response and leadership from Police Chief Koval and Boys & Girls Club of Dane County CEO, Michael Johnson. I hope that good comes from this. Meanwhile, please be respectful because - bottom line - a mom who once was up rocking her six month-old child, staring at his sweet face, now has to say good-bye.
So many amazing blessings to count! One of my dearest friends, who wasn't even supposed to have one baby, just had her second ... and calling Ellisyn beautiful is the understatement of the year. Another lifelong friend just found out that TWINS are on the way. And after a heart-breaking pregnancy loss, my cousin is due in July. My nephew, Nate, just celebrated seven months old. He and his parents will be visiting next month. My nephew, Carter, is now more physically able than ever, communicating constantly and even hugging his sister! He'll be six on St. Patrick's day which is mind-blowing. I'm convinced life without my 3 ½ year-old niece, Ella, was boring as all get out. She's a riot. And my two boys … oh my. I can't even begin. Everett was three in December and Roman is six months-old tomorrow! If we could just get and stay healthy for more than a millisecond, I would be very happy. They're my world. Period. There's also my mom and dad who willingly and lovingly watch the boys every single day, and my husband who smiles while participating in my crazy world.
The sky is blue, the sun is shining. Some days, you just need to count your blessings and be thankful. Today is one of those days.