Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms, moms-to-be, grandmas, moms by proxy, and basically women everywhere because Mother’s Day to me, is really about the influence we have as women on those around us. I think of all the women who have taught me and impacted my life–my own mom, my mother-in-law, aunts, school teachers, church leaders, neighborhood moms, girl scout leaders–and yep the saying is true, it really does take a village to raise a child.

My husband hates this expression but I’m gonna use it here…
“Thank you in advance!” to all the moms who will help teach and nurture my kids in the coming years. I’m blessed to be their mom but I know I won’t do it alone.

Here are me and the munchkins over the past four Mother’s Days.
Two shots by the gorgeous bougainvillea at my inlaw’s house; Two shots by our boring fence here in TX. And two cute kids who make me laugh, cry, smile, sing, run out of energy, and always surprise me with their unique personalities.

I recently watched an Oprah episode that discussed happiness and whether you feel happy in your life. She asked the audience “do children bring you happiness?” I was surprised that the yes/no responses were almost 50/50. What??!…with people making jokes like, “the day they turn 18 is when the happiness comes”. Yes, some days the sacrifices of Motherhood seem to outweigh the laughter. But then Lucy will whisper something in my ear that just makes me crack up…or Owen will come give me a big hug and have a staring contest with me….or Lucy will remember a lesson we talked about at church….or the kids will spend 2 hours actually sharing their toys. And then I’m thankful over and over again that I get to be their mom. Hopefully they still want me in 5 years.
And hopefully they learn a little more about me, judging by the Mother’s Day card (and cute corsage) the kids gave us at church today:
Apparently I’m unique because I have “2” eyes. I’m just glad he doesn’t know my weight.
Hope you all had a wonderful day!

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