Today blog readers, I wanted to share one of my favorite memories as a Mom. It actually occurred over Lizz’s 24th birthday in 2011. My three daughter’s and I decided to go to Disneyworld to participate in the Princess Marathon weekend. No children, no husbands, just us….like we had been as a family unit so many years ago. We shared one room……cheered each other on…..spent two days in the most magical place on earth riding rides and enjoying the women we had become. As I look back, who would have known that it would be that Princess Half-Marathon weekend that would become the last time that just the four of us would be together. Jennifer and I were running in the 5K event. It was our first race! Lauren was running with Lizz in her first half-marathon. We ran our races, walked all the parks, rode all the rides, laughed, shopped and built many memories that I cherish today.
Two years later, this Thursday, John and I will return to Disneyworld for the Princess Half Marathon weekend. Jennifer and Lauren aren’t going with us this time, but I have a dear friend and her daughter that are also attending the event. I will once again participate in the 5K. This time I will be joined by my beloved John, my sister by another mother, Sherry Travis and her amazing daughter Tara. We will again stay in the same hotel as we did in 2011 and frequent the same rides, shows and shops.
I also plan that with God willing, I will return next year, in 2014, before my 55th birthday to run in my first half marathon……the Princess half-marathon…….the same 1st half-marathon that Lizz ran with Lauren.
I wish my daughters and I had more opportunities to do more mother/daughter events by ourselves as adults….but as many of you know, the fast pace of life, work, children, and commitments make that challenging. To my friends with adult daughters, I challenge you to find the time and book that weekend with your daughter(s) and celebrate your relationship and the women you have become!
You were and are today a Princess of the KING! You live in the ultimate princess castle in heaven today where you reside with your boys. And you, my sweet baby girl are in the presence of a Prince……the Prince of PEACE…..and Lord of Lords.
And Elizabeth…..I too love you to the moon and back.- Mom