I'm sure you can tell from my picture that my mother role in life started young.....and yes it did, and I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that "my kids are so amazing" or "being a parent is wonderful" either. I sit back and laugh sometimes when I read other mothers write things like that or say how easy their lives are. I can tell you right now that yes, there are moments that are amazing, but being a parent is one of the hardest jobs I can think of, and it's a job that never ends. You can't just "clock out" or say "I don't feel like being a parent today." If your able to do any of those things, you are really doing something wrong. So like I was saying, I was young. Fresh out of high school, just realized I was gay and ready to join the Army. Then smack! Here comes Cody. So I gave it the ole College try with their father, and no surprise, it was a no go. But I got 2 awesome kids out of it. On top of being a college student, working, keeping an orderly house (filled with pets), having a happy partner, my most important job out of all of them is being mom. I have to admit there are some days where I just can't get out of bed, due to exhaustion, but they will just crawl in next to me. That's if Jes isn't home of course....but they still try! Petunia will curl up at the end of the bed of course. Sometimes it amazes me how strong the human body really is, and how will power can make you do anything. I refuse to ever miss out on family time. Even when I'm ill. The picture on the bottom is from Apple Picking a few months ago. I was passing a kidney stone (which I should have had surgery for) and I was still able to get up and go....and smile for a picture. I see that picture and cringe....not only do I look horrible, but I was in so much pain. You survive and push on. My kids never cease to amaze me. My son has a learning disability and still managed to make Honor Roll in Jr.High. I'm so proud of him, because I have been there every step of the way, from Preschool to now, and it has been a long hard road. So hats off to all you moms out there who know what it's like to love unconditionally and hide in the bathroom just to have 5 minutes to yourself.....and remember: you deserve to have the last cupcake!