What a day! To all the moms out there I hope you had a terrific Mother's Day.
My day was simple but nice. Hubby let me sleep in (hear the angels singing? I did) and then brought me "breakfast" in bed (4 mini chocolate-flavored-wax covered donuts and a kiddie cup of milk - its the thought right?) The kids were quietly watching a movie in the family room but errupted into joyously yelling "Mom!" as I came downstairs. My favorite sound in the world! I then was showered in wonderful homemade and schoolmade cards and signs and pictures. No diamond is as beautiful. E even wrote her own name on her very colorful card!
As I was reading Beth Moore's blog post for today it made me think of something. She always makes the think! She was talking about the mercy and grace God gives to parents and remembering all the times I was neither merciful nor graceful in my parenting. There are more instances then I care to admit to even myself where my lack of sleep, distraction or agenda got in the way of being the parent my child needed at the time. Not only does God give us grace a mercy (using it is up to us) He also created children to be very resilient. In teh painting Kmade for me she did not say "My mommy screams like a maniac," which is true. No, she said "My mommy is very good at coloring." I do not know why this makes me cry but it does! Z wrote a note saying that I am "Awsom" (exact spelling) - wow.
So today I celebrate the truths I know.
1. God loves me
2. My kids love me
3. God gave these kids to me and not by accident
4. I am not God and I will run out of mercy and grace
5. God is God and will not run out of mercy or grace (Lamentations 3:23)
6. God and my children will forgive me
7. I can always be a better mom or a worse mom - that choice is up to me each morning
Mother's Day is a tough one for me too in some ways. At least this year. My mom and dad moved 700 miles away and I miss them so much! It is hard for me to be so far away from my mom. We talked twice on the phone today which helps but is not the same. I hate being so far away from her.
Today I am also thinking a lot of my birth mom. I hope she has had other children who were with her today. I hope she knows how much I love her.
So thanks to my mom and all the moms who have made an impact on me and helped make me the mom I am today.
OH! I have to brag that I gave birth to a genius. When getting kisses for bed tonight K asked if Mother's Day is tomorrow too. When I told her no she was appaled "But we didn't have enough time to do fun stuff and love on you! It needs to be longer!" Amen sister.