Updated: Jul 8, 2019
I believe everyone has defining moments in their lives that shape who they are. For me, it was my son going into the hospital at six weeks old and a friend passing away unexpectedly. After my friend passed, I craved LIFE and needed to get out of the house. I created the Nashville Parent Guide account to explore Nashville with my family and share with others.
For my son, we didn’t know what was wrong and it was terrifying. I remember seeing other parents in the hallways at the hospital and wanting to cry with them and give them a hug. I remember staring at the children's ages on the patient census board in the hallway and my heart broke seeing how how young the other kids were there as well - some as young as only a few days old. It’s hard to put into words how much your heart aches when your children are hurting. Someone told me it is like having your heart live outside your body. That’s exactly how it feels. Turns out he could not digest dairy or soy. He is doing well now, thank God. If you know anyone with a child in the hospital go bring them food and coffee, sit with them, and hold her hand. They need you more than you’ll ever know.
Secondly, a friend, Hadley, passed away a year ago at the age of 30. She had never married and she never had any children. My heart aches for her every day. I put my daughter to sleep for a year after her death with tears streaming down my face, terrified that my little girl would also unexpectedly passed away at a young age. It felt so unfair. All of this has shaped who I am today.
I strive every day to enjoy my time with my family and my friends. I try to not let daily stress get in the way of what is really important. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone and we should appreciate each day we have as a blessing. We should slow down and make sure we are not letting this precious day go by without appreciating all of our many blessings. This is why I have the constant urge to get out of the house and enjoy the day with my family and kids whenever possible.
I am far from the perfect mother, wife, or employee. I promise to provide you with real life and motherhood advice and experience. Thank you for following and supporting me. I pray my experiences can motivate you to be the person and parent you strive to be every day.
Written by Emily Matlock