Friday, May 31, 2013

May Recap 1: Mother's Day

Mother's Day is such a special holiday, and I feel so thankful and blessed to be a part of the sisterhood of mothers out there.  I remember Mother's Days that came and went where I wistfully longed to have a baby in my arms. I remember my first "Mother-to-be" Mother's Day--I had found out that I was going to have a daughter the Friday before, and I already loved little Addison Camille more than I knew possible.  Each year that comes, I think of all of the special mothers in my life, and I feel overwhelmingly grateful for my own fabulous mom; I think about moms who are experiencing loss and longing; I empathize with expectant moms--both pregnant and adoptive ones; I ache with women who long for the blessing of motherhood.

This year, I felt a cognizant awareness of the blessing of the two little girls who made me a mom.

So much of motherhood is not glamorous. So many days go by and I wonder if I am doing this job justice. Even on the hard days, I find moments of pure, overwhelming joy and thankfulness and this daunting responsibility.

This year, I was able to enjoy a "Mom's Retreat" with some of my oldest friends and favorite moms. We headed out to this quaint cabin in Rutherford County and filled our evening with endless conversations, snacks, and rainfall.

At Sunshine School, the children made this gift for their moms. I love these little hands and will always treasure this gift.

 Patrick and the girls made my morning special by showering me with gifts and making me breakfast and taking pictures.
 Patrick outdid himself with the gift showering, and Addison definitely input her opinions.  My favorite girt for sure was my totally unexpected Pandora bracelet. He chose the shell charm to represent our beach wedding, added the Bible charm as a "teacher gift" for being Addison's teacher this year, and gave me a "Mom" charm for Mother's Day.

 My sweet family took me to Pei Wei for lunch, and then I got to honor my special mom at Jim and Nick's that night.

 We ended the evening at Pinkerton Park and corralled the kids to take these bridge pictures before we let them loose on the playground.

 I am super thankful for this fine man who the Lord blessed me with. I wouldn't be a mom at all without him, and he is a great parenting partner!
 At school, Addison filled this questionnaire out about me. Those always make me nervous, but I love the way she responded to these questions. I love all of them, but I especially liked numbers 4 and 12 and the picture that she drew of us at the beach.

It was a wonderful day that I am thankful for each year.

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