I’ve been a mother for 26 years now. Wow, how time flies! It does not seem like I was only sixteen when my first son was born. My children came in 1988, 1990, 1996 and 2003. Three boys and one girl. Many things have changed since then. I have been blessed with four children but also have been sorrowed by them as well. Many heartaches by them as well as other people who have walked in and out of my life. I admit I have also walked out on many people over the course of 26 years. Today, on Mothers Day 2014, I have decided to make some changes in my life as far as my attitudes and feelings about me as well as others, much needed control over health decisions, learn some lessons in love and how to make my life more simple and less complex and make much needed decisions about finances and my future. I have been a single parent since 2010, and each day since that summer has had me scared to death. I have to rely on myself and nobody else. The start of this year has had many ups and downs and depression and anxiety rules my mind but I have succeeded in moving to a bigger house, paying my rent and light bills on time (which is a first for me), taking my son to see The Lion King off Broadway in Atlanta, which by the way is a big deal because I traveled four hours alone with my 17 year old and drove around and through Atlanta Georgia all on my own. See to really understand this last accomplishment, you first must know that I have always had an adult male counterpart traveling with me and to travel as a single mom was a big deal. I hope to have many more “single” adventures to come. My biggest ones will be camping in The Great Smoky Mountains and a Bahama Cruise with my two younger children who are 17 (almost 18) and 11 years old (almost 12).