How did I get here? – Aug 17, 2014

How did I get here?  I spent 7 straight hours at our martial arts academy and wasn’t in class.

Little One and Big One are testing for their Black Belts!  Testing together, and ready for anything.

I was doing laundry at midnight washing their uniforms after their last prep class to make sure they are clean and crisp and ready in the morning.  I then got up early to prepare a breakfast of champions.  They needed to eat in time to allow digestion before the test started at 8:00 am.  My tasks in the process were important, but not the tough part.  They will do all the work today.

One of the best “mom decisions” I made was enrolling them in martial arts years ago.  Big One started with me 7 years ago.  And Little One started 5 years ago.  With Big One away at University for two years, they have arrived at this milestone together.  Before the test, they look fresh and happy.

Black Belt test

7 hours later, with only a “15 minute lunch break” and two 5 minute breathing breaks, they both passed!  They worked hard, for all the years and all the classes, and then they demonstrated everything they learned during their test.  They are strong, mentally and physically, and they did it together.  They stuck with it through the years, all the while handling school and part-time jobs, and time with friends and family.

After the test, they still look pretty darn good, and happy.  I am proud of them.  And in awe.

Black Belt test (after)

How did I get here?  Indeed.

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