Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

What a wonderful day set aside to celebrate our mothers and the joys of being a mother.

There is no right or wrong gift for Mother's Day. It's the thoughtful gesture that matters, right?! My mom got her share of handmade, misspelled cards; bath bubbles from the Dollar Tree; coupon books which never seemed to get honored; and miscellaneous kitchen gadgets. I'm sure those are still her favorites! I think my husband breaks into a cold panic as Mother's Day approaches. Another Hallmark-created excuse for buying gifts, and I'm not his mother anyway, he sighs.

Well, here is my theory on that. Mother's Day is a time set aside to honor and thank those who have mothered us through this life. And I am not my husband's mother! But, as parents, we are responsible for setting the tone of our homes and teaching our children how to honor and express their love and appreciation for others. So, I do think it is important for the dad to set an example for the children and show them how to honor their mother on this special day. Of course, ditto on Father's Day!

My husband did a wonderful job making me feel special on this Mother's Day. We went to a lovely lunch at a nearby country club, and Eveley was on her best behavior (her Mother's Day gift to me).

We had the most delicious food ever and TONS of it. (I am laying on the couch trying to recover as I'm typing this!) There was a chef-manned salad bar where he would mix your reqested ingredients in a parmesan cheese wheel. I had mixed greens, strawberries, goat cheese and a balsamic dressing. It was yummy!! Then, we had rich, creamy risotto, asparagus and hollondaise, spring potato and onion hash, shrimp, tamari noodles, rosemary foccacia, beef tenderloin, handmade pasta with fresh mozzarella, basil carrots, and a full cheese bar and dessert bar -- not to mention all the food I didn't taste. Can I get an Amen?! It was heavenly.

I am very blessed by my mother and the enormous impact she has had, and continues to have, on my life. I am also blessed to be a mother. In September 2004, I found out I was going to be a mother. Robbie arrived in May 2005 and I could not believe how much I loved him.

My mom watches on as I become a mom!

Robbie, less than 24 hours old, holding his mama's and daddy's fingers

It was an inexplicable feeling -- strong, pure, honest, sacrificial, unconditional and awesome love. I still feel it! When I found out I was pregnant with Eveley, I said, as most moms do, "Will I be able to love her as much? Do I have more love left in me?" And, the answer was yes! Once again, I stood in awe of the strong, deep love I felt for my sweet Eveley Joy.

Amazed at another miracle.

Here we are again -- expecting another child and feeling our hearts swell to make room for more love!

Happy Mother's Day!


Anonymous said...

Eveley looks sooo beautiful in her dress. I am glad you all had a great day. I miss you--Dad

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful little lady! I can hardly wait to chase her around!!! I am so proud of the mother you are to my grandbabies. I have no doubt that you'll train them to know, love and serve Jesus.
I love you, my firstborn,

Kimber said...


That was so sweet! You look about 10 years old in that last photo laying next to Eveley!

I agree that the Dads should "coach" our kids on these days (and vice versa). I might not be Dave's Mom but I am the other of his children. He treats me like a queen the entire day---I do not life one finger! And the boys follow suit too.

I am so excited to take Eveley's picture. i know where I want to do it. E-mail me some times that will work for you!

Ellie said...

I found your blog through a link from another blog - I love it! I'm so sorry about your sweet Robbie and I love how you include his photos and stories about him in your blog. I love your scrapbook pages too - I was wondering if you could share the program that you use? I am researching to get started and need something not too difficult. Your pages are stunning :) Thanks so much,


Randie Sanders said...

I'm glad you had such a wonderful day :) (I saw your story on Angie's blog)I'm so sorry about your little boy :( My little boy was also born May 2005 (the 22nd) I cannot imagine your pain but my heart is with you. I'm so glad you have been blessed with another little miracle. Happy Belated Mothers Day.