34 years ago I gave birth to the most incredible girls. And the bonus was that they were identical twins.
When I first found out I was having twins at 6 months, I was a bit unsure of how I would handle it. I had visions up until then of holding a baby, nursing a baby, and sitting in a rocking chair cuddling for hours. How was this going to happen, I wondered? How was I going to manage. Well, the old saying goes you only get in life what you are capable of handling and when these two wonderful girls arrived, everything worked out just fine. We made it work. I nursed them both for 8 months too.
And today, they turned 34 years old. I can hardly believe it! Where did all the time go? In the photographs above you see them doing what they did best: sports and being with each other. They were always with each other and this photograph of them handing off the baton in a relay race in high school is exactly the way they are today. They help each other with everything. They are best friends to this day, live next door to each other, and even married brothers!
I am so thankful to have two loving daughters who have brought me so much love and joy. They are always there for me, through thick and thin. They support me, they love me, they never dessert me. Oh, we have had a few disagreements but we always talk it out and make up. Because we LOVE each other. That is what love is all about. Unconditional love. We are good friends, the three of us. We love to spend time with each other. And they have brought me even more joy with the birth of my granddaughter Natalie and the birth of my new grandchild this upcoming May. They are so close, in fact, that they both got pregnant the same month only 6 years later. April's due date is May 25th; Kimberly had Natalie 6 years ago on May 28th! What are the odds that they will have their babies on the same exact day?
Happy Birthday April and Kimberly. I love you and I look forward to spending many more years with the two of you. My life would not be complete without the two of you and your support.
Oh! And before I forget too: Happy Birthday to Suz who is also celebrating a birthday today! You, too, are loved and appreciated. I hope that you have a really incredible day filled with love and laughter and the warmth of your family and friends all around you. We will be thinking of you today when we blow out candles. We will make wishes for you and everyone that we care about.