Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers Day
{yesterday}

I hope your memories of your mother are wonderful, fun-filled times.  My kids gave me home-made cards, and love notes, the whole family gave me an Origami Owl locket and charms.  {I picked it out and ordered it, Keith asked about 3 times if that was my gift or if he needed to get something else.  Keith did give me a funny card and a sweet card and a little gift.}  I love home-made gifts for Mother’s day because it means they thought about me as they were making them.

On Saturday I was feeling sad for my friends who did not have “real” mothers.  Mothers who did not, or could not care for them.  Mothers who passed away too soon.  Whose memories are all that my friends have left.  I was also sad for my friends who have lost a child.  Sad that this day to celebrate mothers their arms are empty and aching.  I am sad for my friends and sister who have yet to hold or love on their child.  So while Hallmark, flower shops, and the stores are cashing in on gift givers, we all know people who this day is not a celebration but a reminder of sadness.  So for those friends I prayed.

 I am thankful to still have my mother.  She lives  a mile away and stops over often.  I am thankful except when she says “I have an idea…” it just means she has an idea and I have to figure out how to make it work. She taught me how to be strong and independent how to work some tools, and how to step out in faith.

We decided to go to the early service to sit with my mom.  They had the normal, mom’s stand if you have the oldest child/youngest child.  Stand if you traveled farther than _____ , the oldest mom to have a newborn/single moms/foster moms/ you get the idea.  I sat in the 3rd row on the left holding my breath, wishing I had slipped out to the bathroom…  No I was not fast enough.  “Now we honor the mom with the most children.”  Holding my breath, we went to the early service, surly some of the older women had more than me… Fingers Crossed.  “Lets start at 10, any mom’s have 10 children?”  No one moved, “Ok lets drop it to 5 any of our mom’s have 5 or more?”  my entire family is urging me to stand, but I sit and look there are quite a few mom’s who have had 5 or more.  Starting to breath easy.  “Okay, how about 6 kids any of the mom’s have 6 or more?”  Crud. Every. Stinking. Mom. Sat. Down.  Now I was trapped, I had to stand up.  So I stood. I received a lovely plant that I am sure will die in a week.  I cannot keep plants alive.  Kids cry and complain if they are hungry, not so with a house plant.  It just quietly sits there, and droops.

After church Ellen decided we needed a quick picture for mother’s day with our mother.  All my mom did was reply, “no one is going to climb on my or put their hands in my face.”  We laughed because that is how our Christmas picture with her went.  I wonder why my children cannot just stand and smile nicely?6274_10200275277137388_961400139_n

Any idea who the favorite child is???

After church on our way home, Keith called out to me {he was in the way back C was driving I was in the front}  “Jen, Everyone or Alone?”  I had no idea I answered “everyone.”  Apparently “everyone” meant we would ALL be going out to celebrate me.  I was happy with that.  I should have rethought the EVERYONE part and said ALONE…

Our car ride consisted of 3 kids crying, 5 kids getting “spoken too” and someone pouting.  And shouting STOP because I felt C was not going to stop with out the use of the truck in front of our van.

This is what I was wishing I could have done with the children.???????????????Some times this sounds like a good plan.???????????????How many kids can you fit into a large dog crate????????????????4 seems to be a nice fit.???????????????Yeah the big one could not fit with the others.????????If you don’t have a huge dog cage a glass topped table works too.

C drove us across town to Cracker Barrel  we were late for breakfast and early for Sunday afternoon dinner.  The line was out the door.  I realized with a party of 8 we were going to be there for a long time.  I did not really want to spend all that time waiting.  We circled around and went to BWW.  Lucky for us kids meals are half off on Sundays. Only 2 people cried at BWW.  We made trips to the bathroom, and were lucky enough to be seated in an area all alone.

We came home and everyone enjoyed some quiet alone/play/read/nap time.  Later we went to Keith’s parents house.  To drop off her gift and visit for a little while.

What about you?  How was your mother’s day?  Did they treat you special?
Go hug your kids and call your mother and say I LOVE YOU.
jen

p.s. NO CHILDREN WERE HARMED IN THE PICTURES.  THEY CHOSE TO GET IN AND CALLED OUT FOR ME TO TAKE PICTURES.

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6 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day

  1. sandra musick says:

    I alfways knew that Ellen was the favorite:)

  2. Ellen says:

    Oh, my babies! I can’t believe how little they are in these pictures! And yes..I AM the favorite! 🙂

  3. christine says:

    Funny picture of you with your mom and sister. I know how you feel, seeing as my youngest brother is my mom’s favorite. 🙂
    I guess you learned a hard lesson that day. When given the choice, “Alone” should be the default answer! 🙂
    Happy Belated Mother’s Day!

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