09 May 2011

Mother's Day

:::EDIT: Danye, yes!  Come find us!  Come to the Registration Table and ask for "Bennett's Brigade" or give me your email address and I'll contact you privately about where we can meet up.  We would LOVE to have sweet friends, new and old, to walk with us on May 21 the CF Walk.  I will look for you!:::

Yesterday was a wonderful day. 

No real unique surprises or treats.  The thing I wanted most was just a brief break from being the main caregiver.  So, I got a backseat pass to just enjoy the day without the stress of cooking, cleaning or changing diapers. 

In exchange, I received a free hour-long nap and a Saturday morning to sleep in.  It was wonderful and all that I had hoped it would be.

I found this Mother's Day was a bit bittersweet for me.  I could both appreciate the day for what it is - a day to celebrate the hard work mothers (grandmothers, mother-in-laws) do on a daily basis - but I could also appreciate the sadness that many women, who long to be mothers, might feel.

Ever since one of my best friends lost her firstborn at 38 weeks, I have better appreciated what celebratory occasions such as Mother's Day or Baby Showers can meet for women who are pregnant with grief, rather than with baby.

Children are one of those things that you can't make happen.  Either you can have children, or you can't.  It's not a matter of finding the right mate or applying for the right job.  God allows it or he doesn't.  And it's incredibly disappointing when it doesn't happen, especially when it is expected it will.

And for the women that I know aching for a child to comfort and love on, my heart was a bit heavy yesterday...which, ironically, made my own day a slightly more reflective one.  For, recognizing what we do not have can sometimes remind us more strongly what we do have.

I have two little boys, one dark-headed and slender, the other blonde and full of chubby cheeks.  I have two little boys whose hearts yearn for their mother and want from her all day long.  I have two little boys whose kisses are plentiful and laughter is contagious.  I have two little boys who are mine for a short predetermined time on earth.

The only thing I needed on Mother's Day was to be reminded I'm incredibly blessed. 


  1. Love your post. Reflective and great reminder! Have a blessed week. Praying for you all.

  2. Cute picture! Happy late Mother's day- sounds like you had a great day!

  3. I love, love, LOVE that picture! How in the world do you get them to pose so well?

    Thanks for that reminder .. to never take having kids for granted!

  4. Happy Mother's Day to a fantastic mom! (I know this is belated but better late than never right?!) :)


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