My Life of Travels and Adventures: Being a Parent Means Sacrifice

Being a Parent Means Sacrifice

13 March 2015

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Being a parent is so easy.  #SaidNoOneEver  

Being a parent is hard.  

There are times when I catch a glimpse of the way things used to be before Reid and for a moment, I am slightly jealous of the old me.  That is until my three year old tells me "Mommy, you my bwest fwend in the whole wide world." and then I am a big pile of mush again.  

Sometimes I get so caught up in the past or the future that I need that little three year old voice to remind me to let it go.  Let go of the sacrifices that have been and those that I will need to make someday.  

Because being a parent means sacrifice. 

For us that meant our jobs, friends, family and life in PA. Giving up a career I had worked so hard at for 8 long years, giving up two good paying jobs, loosing money on our house when we sold it, and giving up what we had built for ourselves over 8 years was so unnerving and it still frightens me thinking about it.  

We knew we didn't want Reid growing up where we lived in PA.  We wanted more land and better schools.  And because of Reid's Auto Immune Neutropenia, we needed for him to be out of daycare and not around so many germs.  

He needed this sacrifice from us and we were happy to oblige if that meant a happier and healthier life for him.  And thankfully it has!

He doesn't remember our old home and friends, nor does he know what a huge and scary sacrifice we made for him.  And he probably won't fully understand it until he has kids of his own. 

Like this video from MetLife says...

A Child's Future is With Every Sacrifice

And Reid is worth every single sacrifice we have made and the many more that await us in our future.  

PS.  Grab a kleenex.  I tear up every single time I watch this.  

Did you cry?


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  1. Such a great reminder :) I am not a parent yet, but I am a teacher! And sometimes I feel like parents get caught up in the hustle and bustle that they forget why they gave up things in the first place...their most important reason.


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