Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful women and moms in my life. My family made me feel extra special today. Theo made me breakfast in bed (even went to the store at 6 a.m. because we were out of eggs!!) and bought me flowers.
We aren't big gift givers anymore really so when he asked me what I wanted, I told him to feel special. Well, he certainly did. He even helped Carter make me paper flowers with pipe cleaner stems. Carter was so proud of himself!
I feel especially sentimental this mother's day although I can't say why for sure. But when I was talking to Carter this morning, I just had tears pouring down my face because I'm so thankful I get to be a mom. It is not easy. Most of the time it's very challenging but the rewards of motherhood are priceless and immeasureable. I can not imagine my life without my children. I'm incredibly blessed with the life we have and feel undeserving most times of the love that is poured out onto me from my husband and kids.
I have a special place in my heart for each one of our children. They are all alike in so many ways yet so different. They have such strong little personalities and I love to watch them grow daily. I hope I can be the best mother for them I can possibly be. They deserve it. I am amazed by how much these little people love me. But then when I think about how much I love my own mom, it's not so surprising. That is what motherhood is. Having the child you created love you wholeheartedly and unconditionally and being able to return that love back to them. Wow, what an awesome privilege.
I am thankful every single day for my children. I want them to always know how much they mean to me, how much they have enriched my life, how I understand God's love more because of them. My hearts greatest desire is for them to have their own personal relationship with God, for them to seek him with all of their hearts, for them to know him in a real and personal way. I pray that I can model what that looks like to them.
I am so blessed to have my own mom in my life. I would fall apart if it weren't from her. She often talks me back from the ledge of motherhood insanity and her ever-present listening ear makes my life so much easier. She loves in a phenomenal way. She loves my kids in a phenomenal way and I know they are aware of that. I love that we are so close and I can share anything with her. She helps me to be a better woman, wife, mother, friend. She's always in my corner but doesn't mind playing the devils advocate too. I am lucky to have been born her daughter. I love you mom!
And of course, there is my husband. Without him, I wouldn't have these wonderful, fiesty, strong-willed children. I am honored I get to share my life with him, completely, unashamedly. We are a team. He makes motherhood bearable on the days it's hard because I know that no one else knows what I am going through like he does. We share the burdens, joys, pains, blissful moments of parenthood together. I couldn't do it without him. He is my rock, my best friend, my heart and soul.
Happy Mother's Day!