I am watching Ann Romney's speech again today and it's hard to take my eyes off of her. Ann is beautiful, optimistic, and showed another side of her husband, Mitt Romney. As I watch her today, I take notice of things that I didn't hear the first time around. Besides talking of Mitt, Ann focused on the importance of women - mothers (singled, married, or widowed), sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers. She spoke of their sacrifice to make this country great.
Ann also points out that she and Mitt don't have a storybook marriage but they have a "real marriage." A marriage that has survived trials such as long work hours, MS, and breast cancer. Something Ann did not say is that when Mitt was working or serving others or visiting sick ones in the hospital, it was Ann who held down the fort at home. Think of the long hours that are involved in going to graduate school, starting a new business, and being a bishop of his church while working full-time. Ann knows what it means to run a household, raise 5 children, support her husband, and sacrifice time and money for others.
I am grateful for women like Ann who have intelligence and strength. She could have done anything in this life and she chose to stay home and raise a family. Not all women have that choice or make that choice but for Ann, it was the right choice. America is a place where men and women make choices every day about how to live their life. Those choices have been limited by the current administration. Ann Romney made a great case as to why Mitt is the one to return our country to a state where its citizens can truly have the freedom to make the best choices for their family.