Clothed with Grace: Mother's Day

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mother's Day

I think Mother's Day can bring out a huge range of emotions. For me, it is joy, but that is so not the truth for everyone. I have a dear friend who has been trying for kids for nearly a decade without success. She posted very eloquently on Facebook about her sadness and desire to be a mom, but also very humbly how she is happy for those of us who get to be moms and to "share our pictures and stories, and she'll gladly 'like them' anyway."

I also ran into another mom coming out of the nursing mother's room at church who I sometimes help lead worship with. Her daughter is two months old and I could see how tired she was-I get it! I asked her how things were going and she said she now understood what it means to be selfless. I told her that it does get easier (as she teared up). I then joked about how going to Target for an hour is a vacation. She told me how before kids she'd tell her sister to go do something for herself and her sister mentioned Target too, she said she didn't get it before. Yes, only moms get how a Target trip (preferably while drinking Starbucks), can make any hard day better.

I didn't do anything fancy on Mother's Day weekend. I'd picked up some scrapbooking goodies for my gift and Brian and Grant got me some flowers and sweet cards. I did sneak off for a trip to Target after the kids went to bed Saturday and found these wedges which had been mis-marked for $6.58 and these jammies. And yes, my hour away was amazing.

The rest of the time was spent with family, like flying Grant's first kite with him.

And having very serious conversations with Hannah about these things called feet.

Sunday afternoon I ended up with a bit of time to myself while Brian and Grant went to play basketball and Hannah napped, just enough time to enjoy a cup of coffee and write this post. Then my parents came over for dinner, which was great. The brought BBQ and Brian got a pie from Village Inn, so no cooking for me!

Being a mom is definitely the best thing I've done and I'm so grateful that God picked me to be that to Grant and Hannah.

However, like a shared above, not everyone feels joy on this day. If you felt, loss, sadness, or regret, know that God is bigger than all of that! Mathew 11: 28-30 says, "Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." 

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  1. This is an eloquent reminder of some of the difficult things others go through. Glad you had a relaxing, happy day yesterday!

  2. Great reminders. I still am feeling the exhausted thing which makes me solidify the "we are done" feeling. I also think a lot about the people who have lost their moms on Mother's Day.

  3. I'm so excited that you had a relaxing weekend! One of my the funniest things this weekend was a meme stating that all she wanted for mother's day was for her kids to know the dad was able to get a cup of juice too! Ha! Relaxation is definitely something you needed, so I am glad you got a little time to yourself!

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