A conversation between Emily and I on the way to school today:
Emily: "Mom, I want to be both when I grow up."
Me: "Both what, honey? I don't understand."
Emily: "Both a mom and something else. Like have a job."
Me: "That's great honey. I think you should do that someday."
Emily: "Yup, I am going to be a mom and a ballerina. I'm going to have lots of beautiful tutus and my kids will come and watch me dance every night."
And there it was, one of the moments that makes my heart burst with love for my oldest daughter. Having kids is so hard. Each day brings challenges and mistakes and exhaustion. But everyday I get at least one moment like this one, and I don't know how or why, but it makes all the other moments worth it.