Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

As the kids get older, the Mother’s Days become even better. They are filled with more handmade artwork and lots of “you’re the best mommy ever’s.” My Mother’s Day celebration actually began Friday morning when I had “Muffins with Mom” at Gracie’s preschool. It is the seventh year I have had this breakfast at this school, and every year it gets sweeter and sweeter. (This is Gracie’s painting of me. I am particularly fond of the pink hair.) On Sunday, we packed up and headed to the beach. My favorite…

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I’m Becoming My Mother

Growing up, there were things my mom did that I just could not understand in my juvenile, young adult mind.  In fact, I didn’t understand them fully until I became a mother myself. She rode in the car without music on.  This used to drive me crazy.  She would never turn the radio on.  In my young mind, I could not fathom how you could drive around all the time without music blaring in your ears.  And then, a few months ago, I was driving around with music blaring in…

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A New Kind of Mother’s Day

My first Mother’s Day was super special to me. I hadn’t even had Bean yet. After an insane day of nesting and spontaneously needing to clean things that I had never felt the need to clean before in my entire life… …I promptly fell asleep on the couch where I snored and drooled for hours, the way only an eight months pregnant woman can. When I woke up, I discovered that Chris had gone out and bought me flowers. His card said, “I love you because you are already such…

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The Once-a-Year Photo

Once a year, I want a picture with my kids.  Just once.  Just with the kids.  On Mother’s Day, when we’re all dressed up for church and looking pretty, I always ask Chris to take just one picture of me with the kiddos. Following is what happened after I made that request this year: Okay, here we go… No, wait. Bean has powdered doughnut all over his face. Okay, let’s try again without any doughnuts in the picture. Gracie really wanted her doughnut. Bean sees a lizard. And he has…

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Such is the Joy of Motherhood.

Well, friends.  I hope you had as lovely a Mother’s Day weekend as I did.  Whether you celebrated with your mom, gave thanks for being a mom, grieved the loss of a mom, were hoping to be a mom, or simply spent time thinking about the mom-like women in your life, I hope your day was full of warm, fond thoughts and surrounded by the people who mean the most to you.  I know mine was. We went to early church, like always.  I love how my church celebrates Mother’s…

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That’s What Being a Mom Is All About

My Mother’s Day was not what I expected it would be. It started out great. I shipped Bean off with Chris and then Gracie and I took my mom and Grandma out for a Mother’s Day tea on Saturday, followed by manicures and pedicures. It was lovely! Chris and I had big plans for Sunday. I wanted to go to church, followed by brunch at my favorite breakfast place, and then later that day we were going to play golf with friends while my parents watched the kids. But during…

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What My Mom Taught Me

You taught me that thank you notes are to be handwritten and on time. You taught me that high heels are for evening and, even then, proceed cautiously. You taught me that clothes should be ironed and nails should be clean. You taught me that laughing at yourself is more fun than criticizing yourself. You taught me that I can do anything I want to do. No exceptions. You taught me that not everything is fair. You taught me that I should give as much as I am capable of…

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A Year of Motherhood in Pictures: Away We Grow!

Yes, in the one year that I have been a mom, there have been a lot of changes in my life.  And before I had Bean, change was something that I hated.  Change meant new things and new things came with fear for me.  But with Bean in my life now, change holds endless possibilities and new adventures around every corner.  And I will always love him for bringing that to my life. As a wife, I am not perfect.  And as a mother I think I am even less…

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