Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy to be a Mother

I hope everyone had as great a day as mine was yesterday. I enjoyed Mother's Day because my kids were so excited to celebrate with me.

Saturday my husband took the girls shopping for some mother's day treats and that night helped them to make cards for me and they spent quite a bit of time on their creations. They kept telling me, "Don't look, Mom."

When my 6 year old went to sleep Saturday night, she said, "I'm so excited for your Mother's Day!" She had placed her homemade card for me on her dresser so she could give it to me as soon as she woke up in the morning.

Sunday morning was beautiful. I didn't sleep in because my baby needed to eat his breakfast, but the birds were singing and the sun was coming over the mountains with such a gorgeous effect that I didn't mind. I went outside and listened to them while I held my baby and thought how grateful I am to be a mother of three beautiful children. It still seems so amazing to me because I remember a time when I feared that I would not be able to have children.

I suffered from miscarriages and infertility and remember the period in my life filled with yearning for a child. I guess that's why yesterday was so wonderful for me. I feel such gratitude that after my long years of trial (which in retrospect don't seem like the eternity they felt at the time) the Lord has granted me such blessings as my two daughters and my baby boy. I love my children so much and my life is so different and wonderful because of them.

I don't get eight hours of sleep a night, I never eat a meal uninterrupted, I clean up poop on a daily basis, my nerves are often frazzled from someone teasing and the other one screaming, I have stretch marks and I'm getting some wrinkles, if you can't find me I'm probably in the laundry dungeon, and if I can take a shower without someone peeking at me it's a lucky day...but

I wouldn't want it any other way because nothing compares to snuggling with a baby, singing with a six-year old, and laughing with a three-year old. I get unlimited hugs and kisses every day, get told "I love you" dozens of times, receive one of a kind artwork and beautiful dandelion bouquets, and although this stage won't last forever, I know that right now I am the sunshine in my children's world.

I hope you all had a wonderful mother's day and I'm glad I had a chance to write this down, so I can come back and read it later to remind me what is most important.


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