One Thing I Can Do
That’s the name of the song that played in the hospital room after Ruby was born. She was my first. My baby. I was finally a mom. I wanted to be a mom since I was three. THREE!
Two years later came her brother. It was Simple Man this time, “And don't forget, son, there is someone up above. Be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand.”
Dane was long with dark hair. He was so handsome and followed the rules, eating and sleeping as prescribed. I simply adored him. He was perfect, and I pitied the one who messed with my little man.
Fast-forward yet another 2 years...
…To the year that brought us a Celiac diagnosis for Ruby and an ambulance ride to the ER with Dane for an undiagnosed nut allergy. Damn.
I couldn’t protect them from everything. That realization hit me like a ton of bricks.
My husband Tim & I became professional label-readers overnight. We stripped our kitchen of everything that threatened our kiddos, and as we looked at other products — hair care, skin care, sunscreens, soaps — it occurred to us that we had a lot of work to do.
But work is what we do. Entrepreneurs at heart, we took a step back and asked, “Why not us?” And so with my husband's support, I created Story Skin Care. It’s the one thing I can do to make sure my family always has something safe for their skin. This one thing means I don’t have to hesitate when we need lotions or cleansers, or when some of us need something to stave off the wrinkles.
And it’s a good thing, because as it turns out, I’m not the perfect parent I always dreamed I’d be. On a good day, my kids survive on granola bars and salami. And I’ve learned that that’s ok. I’ve learned over and over that I can’t protect my kids from everything — BFF heartbreak, monkey bars, and walls that jump out of nowhere. And I’ve learned to (kind of) let go and pray. PRAY HARD.
Being a mom drives me, fuels me, inspires me, and just plain wears me out. And I simply can’t imagine anything better.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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