Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother Love

Happy Mother's Day (albeit late) to all you marvelous Moms!

To my own Mother and Mother-in-law: Our home is a happier place because of you. I am a better mother because of you. And I bow to you when I count the hours you've spent with my children this past year. Thank you. I love you.

To the rest of you - my sisters and friends: You inspire me in your own unique ways. The grace with which you handle your own challenging situations - circumstances that sometimes seem overwhelming and impossible. I'm so grateful for your example.

I must admit, Mother's Days don't seem to bode well for me. In 2007 our new twin girls cried most of the day, we couldn't get Ali to eat (acid-reflux). While both babies were crying inconsolably, Eliza pinged her forehead on the corner of the coffee table and a few minutes later we realized both bathrooms had flooded.

This year the first gift of Mother's Day came in liquid pink - a bottle of pepto bismol - to temper a companion gift that kept me in the bathroom most of the early morning. (Thanks hon - for making an emergency trip to the grocery store. You're right - it's not a pearl necklace. But hey...close!)

Let's just say it wasn't pretty. I muscled through the morning, got the girls ready (boys still not feeling well) and hauled the girls to church so I could teach Relief Society - the women's class. After gnawing two pepto tablets and saying a prayer, I miraculously made it through the hour. Came home and crashed. Only to sit at the dinner table that night, after Doug had made a glorious meal, and watched everyone else eat. Couldn't stomach a single bite. The grand finale of the evening? Both boys threw up again (in tandem) at 11PM. My friend Brodi, thinks I should return this Mother's Day to the store for a full refund.

But the good news? I'm feeling oodles better today.

And here's the reason I love Mother's Day. These little people. A Mother can't exist without her children. They are indeed pieces of me. Their thoughtful gifts consisted of one extra large package of fruit snacks from Ali, a flashing, squishy, stretchy, yellowy toy-thing from Eliza, and "Grow Bugs" from Sami (put them in water and watch the capsules transform). Precious.

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Last Mother's Day the thought of this seemed impossible. But here we are, nearly a year later - making it. Some days I'm crazy with frustration or so exhausted I want to cry. But we're making it.

As Marion C. Garrety wrote,

"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible."

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Mother love or not, I'd be lost without Doug. I couldn't do it without him. He's my back-up, tag-team, cheerleader, fill in the gaps, can't live without - hubby, the ultimate Dad.

Hope you and yours had a lovely Mother's Day.

What was YOUR first gift of the day? (Please tell me it was better than mine.)

And thanks again to Ali B - gifted photographer and mother of six.

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Gordon

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Spencer

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Samantha

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And Alexandra

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Eliza

7 comments:

  1. SOOO sorry that your kids got sick. I would have bet money that Ethen was no longer contagious. I apologize profusely.

    I spent much of Mother's Day in the bathroom as well. What can you do?

    Happy Mother's Day to you and I think you are doing wonderfully well with so much demanding your time. Thanks for being such a good example of righteous motherhood. Love ya.

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  2. i love your positive outlook and think of you often!

    happy mother's day to you. what a darling family you have.

    so glad you are happy with your pictures!

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  3. Shir - don't worry a bit! Such is life! But stinky (literally) that you had the same visitor on Mother's Day! Ugh. So sorry!

    As for doing wonderfully well - that's YOU! All of us sisters think you're amazing. How well you adapt to a new culture, language, people, experiences. You're a fabulous example for us!

    Al - I do love the pictures. And we actually put a book together for both our Mothers this year and included a bunch of your pictures. Thanks again. Love you!

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  4. Oh, these kiddos are beautiful! I've missed so many of your posts! Good to get caught up. Always fun!

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  5. I'm so glad you are feeling better. And I agree: we couldn't be the moms we are without our hubbies here.

    Beautiful post, beautiful pics, as usual.

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  6. Shelli - how was your mother's day? are you going to post about the happiest place on earth?

    Brod - You're so right - about the husband factor. Makes us so grateful, doesn't it?

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  7. Sorry that you had the trots, but on the other hand, could the kids be any cuter. Look at those 5 huge blessings.

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