Jul 1, 2016

Friday...And To An Amazing Girl - "Woman"

A strong woman is one who is able to smile like she wasn't crying last night...

The day started out good.  Skype with Michelle, Emil and our granddaughters.  How 
can one not smile after "seeing" them.  The little ones just make you want to jump into
 the screen and pull them out.  Give them tight hugs and never let go.  

Right now we can't wait to see them and to hold them for a very long time.  Vanessa is 
still not talking so I can still baby talk with her. I can't wait.  Two more weeks and we are there.

Life is not easy.  We all have things we deal with.  Some more difficult and heartbreaking
 than we would care to deal with.  It's how we deal with them that stands us apart. Michelle
 is a very young mom with 2 girls.  She herself is just a little girl in our eyes,
 but the way she handles herself and situations makes her one of the 
strongest, bravest, and most astonishing persons I know. 

 I know because I come from a family of strong women.  Michelle fits right there. 
The way she handled motherhood and everything life presents is just amazing.  
She makes it look easy.  By the time we are done skyping with her both Arvid and
 I are always AMAZED by her and her calmness in any given situation.  

Here is to strong women.  May we know them.  May we be them and may we raise them.
The little girl I met was just 6 years old then.  Today she is a hell of a force to contend with.
  In her quietness lies her strength.  Michelle, you may not hear it enough, but your dad and I
 are PROUD of the person you are.  You have given us 2 amazing granddaughters 
and you show us all the time what strength, patience, and love is all about.

Michelle Desiree Ugland.  We love you and we can't wait to see you. It's time we started
the countdown until we are there.  I love you and I am ALWAYS here for all of you!!! You do 
NOT have to scream to be heard!  That is one of the things I admire so much in you.

Good morning everyone.  Remember.  Never judge anyone unless you have walked
 in their shoes. Even the brightest of smiles may hold the saddest of hearts.

Life will test you but remember this, when you walk up a mountain your 
legs get stronger.  Happy Friday all.  May your day begin with a smile
 on your face, love in your heart, and happiness within your soul...