sometimes i sit back and smile at the things that come along with motherhood to two little guys. most days i am found knee deep in lego pieces - that no amount of careful clean-up is certain to capture each teeny piece and my bare feet seem to always find the one rogue piece that got away; the wild and utter obsession with all things star wars and the endless questions this brings up (especially since he has not seen the movie yet but could still tell you minute detailed information about each and every character. this whole obsession makes me smile as it has engendered countless in-depth conversations with other friends on the importance of when to view the films, and the more burning question of which order to view them. the countless drawings of dangerous pirates (with sweet smiling faces) that patrol the deep seas. this part of my mothering journey is carefully balanced with tenderhearted moments that i don't hear my other friends share as often - like when a seemingly friendly and wildly popular kids movie brings us to tears after wards as we process the 'whys' of how a character could hold onto bitterness. these are the moments that break my heart wide open, when i see the amount of tenderness he faces this world with and yet is still ready to take it all head on, light saber held high. my little tender heart, your very presence in this world is a gift and a lesson to me.