I won’t make excuses, but it does appear that I didn’t do a very good job at planning the day. I went overboard on the ‘leave mommy alone and give her some chill time’ side of things. We didn’t spend a ton of time together as a family.
But we did have a great breakfast and dinner and you got some nice gifts. And our boys and our daughter went out of their way much of the week to give you sweet things and wish you Happy Mother’s Day and give you sweet little ‘We Love Mommy because…’ booklets.
Just a reminder where it all started…
We went to the Roswell Colors Festival and had a big old time!
We got up late and lounged around.
We made you waffles in bed. We made the waffles in the kitchen and served them to you in your bed.
You’re a lucky mom. 😉
We are truly blessed to have you.
You are an amazing mother and wife. You pour your heart into it. I know it’s sometimes painful and sometimes stressful, but I know it’s also the thing you love the most.
Thanks for serving us so well. I hope you know how much we appreciate it.
I took the kids to see Rio 2 with my mom.
You had, basically, the whole day to yourself.
While this was the day before Mother’s Day, let’s be honest. It was actually your present. A full day to yourself. You could go to the bathroom, take a shower, watch a show, eat your lunch, etc. all without ANY interruptions.
Your welcome. 🙂
Day 104, May 10, 2014
Happy Mother’s Day!
You are a wonderful mom.
You are a beautiful mom.
Your kids love you.
Your husband loves you.
You give who you are to us.
Know that we appreciate it and hope you know how much we realize that we are blessed.
I love you.
The word ‘Mom’ doesn’t define you, yet you are beautiful at being one.
I know you don’t always feel like you do a wonderful job. I know you don’t always feel like the picture of patience and grace. I know you sometimes are confounded by how to get our children from point a to point b without losing your ever-living mind.
Those things come with the job, I know. But this is what I see.
You are passionately in love with our children.
You glow when they do something funny or cute. You grin when they make one of those ‘what the what?’ observations. You beam with pride. You cry when you know they hurt. You effuse about the surprisingly endearing quirks that make each of our three children unique. You snap pics and text them to me when you capture them doing fun stuff.
You passionately defend our children.
You steel yourself when you think of possible wrongs done to our children. You don’t dive in and get involved if it’ll hurt our children’s ability to learn and grow, but you are aware and you’re watchful. You are aware of things that might try to chip away at their confidence or their enjoyment of how they were created. You work to keep them strong in who they are.
You tirelessly look to give our children experiences.
I write about this a lot, but you’re always looking for things to do with our kids. Blueberry picking. Babyland General. Park after park after playground after playground. Kidventures. Grammie’s School.
I normally write these while at work. Now I’m taking my chances to write while you’re getting ready for bed. I need to cut this short. It’s also almost our anniversary and we had a beautiful dinner in downtown Roswell, GA, a couple glasses of wine, and some chocolate. The last thing I should be doing right now is typing on a computer. I’m coming up to join you, yo!
I’ll discuss our 7th in a couple days on the actual anniversary. I love you!
I’ll let our daughter’s card from school be today’s post (and your recounting of it):
“Maggie was so excited to give me a Mother’s Day card from school…My Mom is Special because…she plays with me. I like it when my mom…hugs me. My Mom can do many things! I think she is best at…making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My Mom is pretty as…an Easter Egg. My Mom is smart! She even knows…how to exercise! : )”
That is the tip of the iceberg: You love the fire out of those kids. You would die for them. You give your all for them. You try to make sure they have cool experiences. You give them structure. You give them fresh air. You keep them safe. You want them to be better people than we are.
I’ve been freaking manic at and about work lately. I’ve been working my fanny off to produce more and more. It’s almost gotten to the point of obsession. I know as exciting as my industry is (wink wink), I’m not sure how much you love to hear a 35 minute monologue every night.
But you’re being extremely sweet and understanding and kind. I appreciate it a lot and I think you understand why I’m on this kick. My goal: provide for our family, allow our kids to do little things like swimming lessons, soccer, a little music class here or there, hire a babysitter, go on a date, etc.
Sure, retirement, but mostly, right now, I want to give us some breathing room. I know all I can do is my best and trust God with the rest, but while I’m a little wrapped around the axle, thanks for being in my corner.
You’re a precious gift. And it’s almost Mother’s Day! And you’re an awesome mom!