Being Mommy

This Mother’s Day, I took the liberty to create a new page that honors Emilee and shares, through pictures, some of the moments that highlight how wonderful a Mommy she really is.

The words that follow are my attempt at explaining the awesomeness of Emilee as Mommy.  Too many emotions and memories are making it difficult to find the words to do her justice.  For that, I apologize.

When we were dating throughout high school and college, I knew that Emilee would make a good mother.  Emilee’s calm demeanor and positive outlook on life make her well suited to the job.

Ever since finding out that she was pregnant with Max, she embraced the role of motherhood, not looking at it as just another title to add to daughter, sister, wife, and chef, but as the opportunity to put all of her being into raising a child.

Already, at five years old, Max is proof that Emilee isn’t just “a mother,” but Mommy.  Max’s compassion for others is a direct result not just of Emilee’s DNA, but her years of nurturing and teaching.  Emilee has an x-ray vision for life, allowing her to slow down and spot the moments that many of us miss.  From feeding squirrels at the window, to playing “Sesame House” countless times, reading that one extra story, and always beaming with pride at everything he does, Emilee truly recognizes that life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

With the addition of Maya not even a year ago, Emilee has continued to sacrifice in order to raise our daughter with the same amount of attention and care that she puts forth with Max.

It would be ignorant of me to say that I am lucky to have such amazing children.  Luck has nothing to do with it.  My family–the people I get to call my own–is as amazing as they are because of Emilee.  I could be cliche and say that Emilee is the glue that keep us together, but that would be an understatement.  Emilee is not just glue, but gravity–a force so powerful that it causes the tide.

Emilee, thank you for being not just the best mother that you can be, but better.  Your passion for life and love for our children pushes you daily to give them every drop of your being.

I love you.


After looking through years of photographs and creating the picture gallery, I regret not once mentioning Emilee’s outer beauty.  While it is her inner-being that makes her such a great mother, that inner-being shines through.  One look at these pictures and you can see her physical beauty and how it is enhanced by her love for her children.  Lucky me.   


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