I was surprised when I woke up and realized I was allowed to sleep in till 9:00 a.m. I would have slept longer, but Titus came into my room with a little Mother's Day present -- an empty salt shaker.
"What are you doing, Titus?" I asked. He jabbered something in response. "Where is all the salt?" was my second question. Titus raised his pudgy little hands in the air and said, "I dunno!"
I walked into the kitchen and found a winter wonderland. At least that's what my floor looked like covered in salt.
Happy Mother's Day to me!
There were moments throughout the day that could have been stressful for me, but I just reflected on my life, my children, and the near future. Some days I am overwhelmed with joy when I think about the fact that I will soon be a mom to 4 kids -- and they're the most beautiful, happy, healthy, funniest, sweetest kids I know! What a blessing and honor.
I am getting ahead of myself a little bit, though. I need to talk about the rest of my day!
I enjoyed being lazy on Sunday morning. When it came time to get ready for church, I took an uninterrupted shower -- no kids playing peek-a-boo with the curtain, no one needed to go potty, and no one was climbing on the toilet trying to brush their teeth with the soap. That's a gift right there in itself. :-)
I really, really enjoyed service yesterday. I taught the teen Sunday school class and we had a lot of fun going over our lesson and doing a craft for our moms. All the kids were up in song service, and though Max cried through the whole thing, I still felt the spirit of The Lord and was blessed by Him! I'm so thankful for that. I just love being able to worship!
Pastor Kirby had a great sermon on moms and all that they do. I was really proud of myself for "keeping it together" and thought this just might be my first Mother's Day ever where I would not be a blubbering mess.
Noelle got up for her Mother's Day presentation and I almost immediately started crying. :-) I am so overwhelmed with love when I think about my own mother and everything she has done for my brothers and sisters and I -- and what she continues to do for us! Not only does she do so much for us, but she does all that she can for anyone and everyone who comes into her home. There is no doubt my mom loves The Lord with all of her heart. She's spunky -- and maybe even a little feisty -- but she's also so tender hearted. She is the greatest role model of a hard working, selfless, stand-up-for-what-you-believe-in kind of woman. So yes, when it came time to express how I felt about my mother, I couldn't help but shed a few (hundred) tears. :-)
I lost it a second time when my husband surprised me by expressing how he feels about me being the mother of his children. I was crying...he was crying...we both were pretty sappy. :-) I enjoyed the moment!
After service we all got ready for our family dinner. All 3 kids were tired and grumpy, and again, I could have been stressed...but I decided that was the perfect opportunity to take a picture with my kids because this is what being a mom is all about, right? I chose to enjoy the moment of chaos instead of cry (again) with them.
My kids, with the help of their Dad, made the most beautiful present I have ever received! I cannot show you yet, though, because they also made one for my mom and she won't get to see hers till tomorrow when she, my Dad, and my brother will be here for the arrival of Miss Phebe! I will do my best to remember to show you later this week. I am so proud of my little family and their creativity!
Dinner was absolutely amazing! Every dish was absolutely delicious and I was bummed when I started to feel full because I loved indulging on such yummy food. :-) After dinner my husband scored some major brownie points by jumping in and cleaning the kitchen -- he even swept the floor when he was finished. I'm not gonna lie, I thought he looked extra attractive in there. :-) Paul is so amazing and thoughtful. I am so blessed to have him as my husband!
The men watched Ninja Turtles in the living room while us ladies enjoyed a few rounds of Boggle at the table. I lost horribly that night, but it was still a lot of fun and I always enjoy playing with the girls!
By bed time we all were wiped out by our busy day. I laid there and thanked God for my family. I am so blessed!
It is now Monday which means back to work. The house needs picked up, the clothes and dishes need to be washed, and errands need to be ran. I look forward to the job, though, because I know that everything I do is appreciated. I like being appreciated.