It was not until I became a mother that I realized and demonstrated my true character. Yes before then, I showed my responsibility, kindness, understanding, etc. Yet, these take on different meanings when you must be them regardless of your situation, your feelings, your attitudes, and/or your physical attributes. Motherhood has taught and teaches me to first pray, to appreciate, and to smile. I am so privileged and appreciative for my children. They have given me a new outlook on life. I am an author of children’s books. I write about my children and my experiences with them. I have four biological children, but I have had thousands over the course of my 17 years in education and counseling. Each book allows me to share just a moment, and a lesson learned with my reader in hopes he/ she can find a reason to smile.