I am not a hero. I am not selfless. I did not save my kids from a horrible life. I am not doing an amazing thing. At least nothing more amazing than what you’re doing. I am a mom by adoption. But really, I am simply a mom who loves her kids unconditionally. I am a mom just like you.

I love my kids.

I wake my kids up in the morning. I get them breakfast.

I change diapers and wipe butts.

I pick out their clothes and help them get dressed. I tie their shoes and zipper their coats.

I take them to school, soccer games, dance class, music class, doctor appointments and anywhere else they might have to go.

I play with them.

I read to them.

I help them with homework.

I take care of them when they are sick.

I make them dinner and clean up after them.

I bake cookies and cupcakes with them.

I do their laundry. And sometimes I might even put it away.

I comfort them during bad storms or when they’re just feeling sad.

I lay with them when they wake up screaming in the middle of the night after a nightmare.

I go on vacation with my kids.

I go swimming with my kids.

I have fun with my kids.

I make lots of memories with my kids. I make them pose for pictures so that I can try to keep those memories alive.

I cherish my kids.

I sometimes have to discipline my kids.

I carry them upstairs at night. Well, not my oldest anymore. He got too big, too fast. I tuck them in at night. I make sure they have their loveys and their favorite blankets and wish them sweet dreams. I check on them again when I go to sleep because I love sleeping babies. Who doesn’t?

I go to bed every night in awe just thinking about these wonderful kids I’ve been blessed with.

I love them no matter what. I cuddle them. I shower them with hugs and kisses. I assure them that they are loved and always will be.

I am a mom and being mom is one of my favorite things ever. Even on the hard days, I am so incredibly thankful that I get to be mom. I’m pretty sure you are too.

MOH-Amahl (2)

Alissa Kay

Alissa was born and raised in the Midwest and currently calls Wisconsin home. She's happily married to her college sweetheart and she's living out her dreams of being a stay-at-home mom. Although, let's be real, she's hardly ever home. She's the mom to 3 kids who all came to her via adoption. A boy (8) and 2 girls (6 and almost 4!). The kids keep her plenty busy, but when she has free time she enjoys a night out with friends or curling up with a good book.