I contributed this to a website at my workplace, that was doing a tribute to moms:
My wife, Nicki, takes her job as a mom very seriously. Our five-year old daughter, Abby, is of another race, and we finalized her adoption four years ago in May. Nicki initiated our talks about adoption and followed up in finding out what we needed to do, got the paperwork we needed, and scheduled us for training classes to get licensed.
She became a stay-at-home mom soon afterward, because of Abby’s medical needs, but even before that, Nicki was the main contact who arranged all visits and information gathering from social services. We now celebrate Abby’s adoption date each year as “Special Family Day”, to do a special activity with her.
To make ends meet, Nicki started a child care service for two families in our neighborhood block. In addition to Abby and our two-year old foster son, she watches two other toddlers during the week, and also watches their first-grade sisters after school for a couple of days a week. Having charge of six children at once for a few hours a week, she sometimes feels like a drill sergeant, but she is always thinking of the kids and how to take care of them, entertain them, and educate them in how to work together.
I see the change in the kids she watches, as well as our own kids, and I know Nicki has created a safe place on our block where kids can go. That’s why I think people can just look at Nicki and know that she exemplifies what it means to be a mom.
I love my wife!
Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!
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