Way back in 1992, which seems like forever ago when I look at it that way, I became a mother. Living it, twenty years seem but a moment. And yet, sometimes I can't remember not being a mother. Motherhood exposes you to every emotion there is. I remember tears of joy running down my face as they placed this child, my child, in my arms. There were tears of helplessness as my baby cried in my arms, inconsolable in the middle of the night from colic. Tears from laughter, worry, amusement, anxiety.
I think the best way to increase your prayer life is to have children. Mine bring me to my knees daily.
Yesterday we celebrated Sophie's 20th birthday simply. She chose the menu for dinner and dessert and helped make the cookies (which are vegan...and delicious). We went bowling. She wore her new dress.