My Daughters

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Having an attitude for gratitude is something very important to me. While other people are grateful about their car, their house, or their fancy clothes, I like to focus on something else. I am incredibly grateful for having three intelligent, beautiful, and compassionate daughters. Make no mistake, personal possessions are something to be very grateful about. However, they should never be more valuable than people.

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.”

Katlyin Hughes

Katlyin – 18 years old:

She recently graduated from high school and will be attending college to become a Nurse, this fall. Her academic history and desire to learn are what makes her such a great role model for her siblings. She will be the first person to tell you it wasn’t easy. There were several unpredictable obstacles in her path but one-by-one, she continued to navigate her journey.

I will always remember watching SpongeBob SquarePants, Drake & Josh, Hannah Montana, and Monsters, Inc. with her and her sister. In fact, she used to watch the VHS of Monsters, Inc. so much that it actually stopped working.

Hannah Montana
She is a phenomenal athlete and is never afraid to step outside of her comfort zone.
Big Day – Drivers License
They didn’t get to train martial arts for very long with me but they were very talented.


Merissa Hughes

Merissa – 15 years old:

She just completed her freshman year of high school and is excited about the opportunity to participate in more musicals. She is a gifted writer, a cheerleader, and is never afraid to think outside of the box.

I will always remember watching Fairly Odd Parents, The Suite Life on Deck, Just Friends, and Monsters University with her and her sister. We would also have conversations using quotes from SpongeBob SquarePants.

SpongeBob SquarePants

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.” —Winston Churchill

She’s an amazing vocalist (The Little Mermaid)
She’s a natural, on the stage.
This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of us, together.


Norah Hughes

Norah Hughes – 4 years old:

She might be the youngest but she definitely has the most energy and loudest voice. She enjoys books, gymnastics, playing with Barbies [she calls them: “Barvies.”]

“Yes papa?”

She especially loves watching movies on Netflix and YouTube Kids videos. She calls them, “Babies,” even though she’s not watching babies…

Yes, a 4 year old loves this movie.

I will always remember watching The Incredibles 2, The Secret Life of Pets, The Princess Bride, Paw Patrol, and The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

She always loved to put stickers on my face.

She is so excited about starting preschool, this August. We are excited too; however, we’re also sad and nervous about her growing up. It seems like yesterday she was just starting to crawl. Now, she runs through the house like she’s in a race.

She was so excited about this year’s Easter Egg hunt.
Shopping for pumpkins

Being a parent is so special to me. Although I will admit, I have missed way too many events due to my previous occupation. Although I can never make up for that lost time, I can certainly focus on the present and the future.

Thank you for taking a moment to read about my beautiful children. I look forward to posting future blogs about them.

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