I truly believe that all of life is a learning experience, and I have certainly learned so much from this experience of being a mother.
I was raised as an only child in a serene household. And there I was surrounded by these young boys with all of their paraphernalia: baseballs, bats, mitts, footballs, soccer balls, crew oars, diving gear and fishing poles.
I learned that a smile and a hug from my child is the most comforting thing in the world.
I learned that every day is a gift to be enjoyed.
My advice to any woman taking this journey is always appreciate the joys that accompany the trials presented.
When you establish a warm loving atmosphere with lots of hugs, you will raise a balanced confident child who will continue the tradition of a happy healthy family.
My greatest joy is to see how my son Steven has become a successful father, husband, and leader in his chosen career.
Five years ago Steven and his wife, Carolina, bestowed upon us our beautiful granddaughter, Scarlett. She is a frequent weekend visitor and soon to be joined by a brother in September.
We are very proud to have raised Steven on this beautiful island where we still love to live after all these years.
My joy in life is being a wife, mother, and grandmother even though, like every family, there have been struggles to overcome.
My advice to any mother is never give up, and always take time to be present for your children.
Being a mother is the greatest job in the world. A lot of hard work and dedication but very rewarding.
Every day I help my children through life’s challenges as their number one cheerleader encouraging them to never give up.
That is what it’s all about, always being there for them, involved in their school and extracurricular activities of baseball and ballet, and volunteering as room mother.
The beauty of raising my children on the key is having the ability to just walk downstairs to the beach and watch the sunset, or a family bike ride on Sunday afternoon, or just a light picnic at the Village Green.
Key Biscayne has been my home since I was a little girl. My mother worked at the Sonesta and growing up here gave me such a special childhood.
Living the real key lifestyle isn't about huge McMansions and fancy cars.
It’s about knowing your neighbors, actually wanting to volunteer because you love where you live so much, and knowing that no matter how hard life may be, you have a community to help build you up.
This Mother’s Day, I am grateful for my strong independent mother and my vivacious daughter. Three generations all on the Key and living our best lives.