I celebrated some important milestones over the weekend.

Saturday evening, I played a duo piano concert with a colleague – my first such event since college.

Earlier in the day, my youngest son, Nathan, graduated from high school.

Which also meant my ex-husband met my fiance. And vice-versa.

Finally, it was Mother’s Day weekend. My son surprised me with flowers and a funny card.

And my “adopted” daughter gave me a beautiful handmade card and Mother’s Day gift at her piano lesson yesterday.

The truth? My life is not exactly that way I imagined it would be. But it is what it is. And I am grateful for what I have. I am making music with others. I am engaged to be married to a man who loves me. My son’s future is shining brightly in front of him. And I am making a difference in the lives of young people. What more could a person ask for?