Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day

I sat perched on the edge of the tub feeding him alfredo noodles out of a plastic Ikea bowl, because it's the only way I could get him to sit still long enough to eat his dinner. And I was reminded at how physically exhausting it is to be a mom. I was also reminded of a quote that has been echoing in my mind for the past few weeks,

"And it occurs to me that maybe the reason my mother was so exhausted all the time wasn't because she was doing so much, but because she was feeling so much" (Kelly Corrigan, Glitter and Glue).

Nailed it. But those same emotions that cause me to feel every heart ache they experience, that keep me up at night worrying, questioning, doubting and second guessing are also the same emotions that allow me to love deeper and stretch farther than I have ever known was possible. And I'm grateful for all of it. And grateful for my own mother who experienced these emotions ten fold. I don't know how she did it.

Mother's day was good to me, Jason and the kids make sure of that every single year. I woke up with one boy straddling me pretending to take out my eyeballs, while another boy waved a homemade card in my face that he had kept safely hidden in his back pack and could barely contain his excitement. Blueberry pancakes followed shortly after then a day of hugs, kisses, squeezes, cards and sweet gifts from Kylie that she bought with her own birthday money. We wrapped the day up with a roast chicken dinner after church with friends, made entirely by the boys. I felt special. And grateful. And loved. And it felt real nice. These kids and that husband of mine are all a girl could ever ask for.


Ali said...

Love that top photo (shoes for boys are optional, as it should be!) - you look just stunning. And I love the quote on motherhood being tiring most of all because of feeling (which I think applies to papa-hood too).

Beautiful. Happy Mother's Day from Switz.

Chelsea said...
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Chelsea said...

Is that why I'm always tired? Great quote! Love the pictures. You and your kiddos are beautiful!

Janessa said...

So eloquently said. I love being a mom and I love that we've been able to go through this motherhood journey with each other. Nothing like a call to my sister to help make it through the next motherhood crisis or to celebrate the most recent motherhood triumph. Love you and your example. Glad you enjoyed a well deserved day for you. Love you and and those cute kiddos that call you mom. Fabulous pics!

Jodee said...

EXACTLY! love you Jame. Glad you had the mothers day you deserve.

Ali said...

Your comments mean so much -each and every time. Thank you enormously for the kindness and fun, Ali