I am Teresa Fern Named for my grandmothers, Zelda Theresa and Clarice Fern.
I am Tess My alter ego. Where I go to be strong.
I answer to both names.
I am a wife. I loved him before I knew him.
I am a runner. This keeps me whole.
I am a daughter. Two kind generous loving people with a wild sense of adventure raised me.
I am a sister. That bond isn’t shared by anyone else. We’re the only ones with those camping stories.
I am a friend. I am blessed to have and be a friend.
I am a woman of faith.
faith in God.
faith in humanity.
faith in love.
faith in truth.
yes. I am that person.
Do not, however, underestimate me. Faith is one thing. Naivete is quite another.
And of course at the end of the day…
I am a mom.
Some days I’m really good at my job. Some days…not. Like all moms out there, I’m just doing the best I can every day and praying it’s the right thing.
But every day I’m so grateful for my own mother…
Who taught me to be there for my kids no matter what. Always.
She taught me to remind them how much I love them every day.
She taught me to be loving to my husband in front of my children so they can see what a healthy happy relationship is.
And she taught me that even when we’re frustrated we still love each other.
And every day I’m grateful for my beautiful daughter…
Who taught me to say “I love you” every single time I hang up the phone with my kids.
Who impresses me daily with her words, her thoughts, her opinions.
She is strong and beautiful and smart and funny and did I mention how freaking smart she is?
I am blessed.