There is a whole spectrum that exists when it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day. I know some mothers who loathe this day with a passion so they avoid any and all celebration, and I also know other women who love to be pampered on this special occasion complete with plenty of gifts and breakfast in bed.
I tend to be a pretty simplistic person so when Randy asked me how he could make the day a special one for me, without even thinking or pausing I exclaimed, “I would love a nap and some quiet time.” [I know, the irony is not lost on me - here I am requesting a break from the very beings that make me a mother . However, I am a firm believer that when we get some alone time to refuel and recharge our soul, we become better parents.] Randy lovingly gave me what I wished for, though the nap was more a simple rest since sleep eluded me.
This year I also wanted some pictures taken of me with each of the kids. That wish was also fulfilled. We also got a family shot taken since my sister was in town and could play photographer for us.
The kids also showered me with cards and presents. Eli’s Sunbeam teacher at church baked brownies for the kids to give their moms. Eli proudly picked out the biggest one to give me. After he gave it to me, he promptly and sweetly asked for a bite. I kindly obliged, and I also shared with the rest of the kids.
Cory made a dragonfly tile for me in school.
The art docent he has for the current school year, a parent volunteer, is amazingly talented! The projects she comes up with are incredible. Here is the Easter gift he created for the family, a ceramic and gorgeously painted flower.
Cory also filled out this questionnaire at Church about me. Here are a few of my favorite excerpts:
**My mom likes to wear clothes [so she can be modest - that last phrase was added verbally when I read it aloud in the car on the way home].
**She loves to eat chocolate cake.
**She is smart because she knows the capital of the United States.
**My mom works hard at making food for the family.
**Mommy always tells me to listen.
**It makes my Mommy happy when I listen.
**If she could go on a trip, she would go to California and she would take the family.
**I really love it when my Mom hugs me.
**If I could give my Mommy anything, it would be flowers.
Keri and I were able to attend a Mother and Daughter activity where we made a garden stepping stone together.
Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better “Mother’s Weekend” – I adored how Randy kept referring to it as that since he wanted me to truly enjoy both days, especially since Sundays can get rather hectic. It was wonderful to bask in the plentiful sunshine and to spend time with those I love. I even enjoyed a rare Girls Night Out on Saturday evening as I helped a dear friend celebrate her 30th birthday. I definitely felt loved and cherished by my family and I feel blessed to have them in my life! I am grateful for all the joy and laughter they bring me and I am grateful for all the ways they challenge me to grow and become a better person.