Keystone Law May 2019

Trust Matters MAY 2019


Incredible Mothers Thanking Some of the Hardest Workers I Know

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’m reminded of just how lucky I am to have such amazing moms in my life. Both my mother and my wife, Nicole, are fantastic parents, and I couldn’t let this month go by without highlighting the amazing work they do. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without their love and support. Thinking back to when we were kids, there wasn’t a moment when my sisters and I weren’t our mother’s No. 1 priority. She was the kind of momwho was always there when you needed her, ready to give Band-Aids, hugs, or just help with homework. We never got the sense that she was too busy for us, despite how hard she was working toward her own dreams. Our mother’s goal was to become a school teacher, and she put herself through college while she raised us. By the time I earned my bachelor’s degree, she was graduating with her master’s in education. We actually got to attend each other’s graduation ceremonies! Our mother went on to have a very successful career as an elementary school teacher, which didn’t surprise me. She’s always been great with kids. Being fluent in Spanish, she specialized in teaching English as a second language, helping students from all over the globe thrive in an unfamiliar environment. Today, my mother enjoys a comfortable retirement and relishes the time she gets to spend with her 12 grandkids. You can definitely see her school teacher side come out in these moments, especially when she leads our kids in arts and crafts activities. Watching her bond with her grandkids is part of the reason I love the work I do. Many of our estate planning clients are teachers who are looking for the best way to use their pension. Being able to sit down and help these

educators find the same happiness as my mom is a great feeling.

away. I attribute that to the incredible care and patience Nicole had in raising them.

By far, the most important thing my mother has taught me is how to be a good dad and husband. When she was raising me and my sisters, our mother always worked as a team with our dad. They wouldn’t let us divide them; everything they did for us, they did together. I’ve tried to do the same in raising my own kids with Nicole, and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. Nicole is an incredible mother in her own right. She is dedicated to our kids 100 percent and even retired from a very successful career so she could be there for them full time. Seeing the ways our children have matured, it’s clear this decision has made an incredible impact on their lives. Our kids are articulate, humble, and manage to stay off of their devices. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to come home and have conversations with them around the dinner table without having to ask them to put their phones

Not only did Nicole help our kids grow, but her sacrifice also gave me the flexibility to grow this firm. I could dedicate my attention to serving my clients with the comforting assurance my kids were in good hands at home. Without her willingness to take on so much responsibility as a mother, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

To all the hard-working moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

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