My mother had her hands full. I was the 5th of six children and the 4th girl. Back then I got all the hand me downs and in a way even her love was hand me downs. I know that sounds sad but with all she had to deal with, it was her way of showing her love. I have great memories of Mother's Day growing up. Even though my father created many burdens for her, he did take us out shopping for her and always planned a great day to celebrate her. My mother did set an example of how to mother even when things are stacked against you. Her Godly ways were planted in my soul the way God had planned and through the years her seeds have grown into the mother and grandmother I am today.
I have now experienced 31 Mother's Days. Wow-o-wow. In those 31 years not one was the same, yet they were all the same. Each year, as our children got older, the celebrations changed. Sometimes I would only have one child home, sometimes two and when all three were able to be here, I truly felt blessed. I found that I could always count on breakfast being cooked for me or be taken out for breakfast each and every year no matter what. Church began to be and still is where the day begins. I've been taken to fancy Mother's Day brunch's to BBQ's and swimming at the house. No matter how it is spent, just being a mother, has been the best part of my life.
(My mom, my daughter) (My MIL, My daughter and I)
(our 1st generation photo))
When my children came into our life, I had already decided how I would love a child. What I will do for a child and what I can give a child. My children were and still are my life. Whatever I do, I do it for them in one way or another. Our journey was not an easy one, but one that created many wonderful times. Those are the memories we hold dear to our hearts.
As the years have passed by, each Mother's Day was better then the one before. Each year new and sometimes old things were done in new ways of celebrating and each one holds special memories. I learned from that very first Mother's Day to not expect anything more then what someone could give but to enjoy the time we had together no matter how or whatever way it happens.
My memory trunk contains so many of those gathered trinkets of Mother's Day past. From the cards, to the hand made gifts from the kids when young and dried flowers that remind me of this great Journey Through LIFE!
I am so looking forward to how today will add to those treasured memories.
I can count on this...
It will be a....
Happy Mother's Day!