What do YOU want for Mother's Day?

In a discussion about that I wanted for Mother's Day recently, I realized that my life has dramatically changed.  If you were to ask me this same question in December of 2014 I would have told you "To sleep for 3 days STRAIGHT, UNINTERRUPTED!!"  

But that was then.  

Today my life is so incredibly different.  So very much more like the life that I had been deeply longing for and desperately praying for.  Today my husband works from home and no longer has an hour commute one way to a stressful job where he is over-worked and under-appreciated.  Today my husband home schools the children two days a week so that I can write and blog.  Today we have more time together as a family than we've had in our almost 11 years of marriage.  

Today I am rested.
Today I am feeling a lot less stressed about everyday life.
Today I am using my gifts and talents to build a future for our family.
Today I feel more alive than I have a in a long, LONG time.

So...

When I was asked what I want for Mother's Day, I really had to think about it.  And after I did, this is what I came up with.  For just one day I wanted to enjoy each of my children separately without any of the chores that also come along with parenting.  I wanted to spend some very special time focusing only on our time together, and not all the things I must maintain WHILE doing that, or all that I have to do AFTER doing that.  The very thought of it was a luxury.  My husband, eager to give me my hearts desire, jumped at the chance to see it through.  He took on the meals and the clean up, the diapers and the napping so that I could call each child into our room and snuggle up on top of pillows and blankets with books, legos, or anything else their hearts desired to do with Mommy.  Or in the case of our teenage boys, there were long phone calls and keepsake text messages that were enough to melt my heart completely through.  I made time to enjoy each of them separately, where they were at in a way that worked for us all.

It was nothing short of a great joy!

We had more time to talk and laugh that was totally stress free.  And in those moments I found myself really seeing them for who they are right here and right now.  It flooded my heart with such gratitude for them and the chance to be in their lives!!  I am a woman most fortunate and blessed among them.  

Here are some of the sweet memories in pictures...

Arielle chose some of her favorite books to read together while under the covers.

Arielle chose some of her favorite books to read together while under the covers.

Aaron chose legos.  He loves it when we build things together!

Aaron chose legos.  He loves it when we build things together!

Avery also chose legos.  But he wanted to use his own legos not his brothers.  :)

Avery also chose legos.  But he wanted to use his own legos not his brothers.  :)

August chose a flip the flap book...

August chose a flip the flap book...

and legos.  :)

and legos.  :)

Our college student, in the middle of finals, took an hour to talk and share his day with me.  :)

Our college student, in the middle of finals, took an hour to talk and share his day with me.  :)

We got to visit Micah while he was at work.  He had a box of chocolates for me and a card.   When I read the card I melted inside.  It was so incredibly beautiful.  The tears were streaming down my cheeks when I sent him this text.  To  that he said the above..  Then, more tears.  :)

We got to visit Micah while he was at work.  He had a box of chocolates for me and a card.   When I read the card I melted inside.  It was so incredibly beautiful.  The tears were streaming down my cheeks when I sent him this text.  To  that he said the above..  Then, more tears.  :)

 

For this I thank the amazing man I married, and his desire to champion the day!   And to my children, all six, I must say to you as well, it is my honor to be entrusted with your lives by God's design, so that I might help to shape and guide you in his love and truth.  But it is also my delight to get to know you and enjoy who you are becoming!!   Each person an extraordinary person coming into the fullness of who they are.   To behold it all as it unfolds in front of me, truly I am in awe.  

Let's celebrate Life!
Happy Mother's Day!