LIVE. LAUGH. LOVE. LOUDSidney Mohede Family by Ivan “When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.” ~Joyce Brothers
Grateful. Just grateful. That’s the word that keeps popping into my mind every time I look at my amazing wife Etha and my two beautiful children, Ethan and Chelsea. God has given me so much more than I could ever imagined or hoped for. From the moment I said ‘I do’ to my wife in 2004, I knew that my life would never be the same. But I had no idea how much fun and adventurous it would be with them in my life. From the moment both our children were born into this world to Ethan’s first kungfu lesson and Chelsea’s first dance recital. From Ethan’s first jump in a swimming pool to Chelsea getting lost in a crowded mall (she is the active, cheeky princess in our family!), our lives became one fun roller coaster ride of a big, giant adventure.
My wife’s mantra for our family is ‘LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE’ and I would have to add the word ‘LOUD’ in it because if you know our family well enough, you know that we are definitely NOT the quiet type. To be able to express ourselves to each other is an essential part of who we are. We never have to be afraid to look foolish with one another, because I’ve always believed that when we have to choose between perfection and intimacy, always choose intimacy. Life is too short and too precious for any of us to demand ‘perfection’ from one another. For when we Laugh loudly, Love each other fiercely, and Live this God-given life passionately, we’ll find perfection.