My darling kidsMother's Day 2017
May is a busy month. The end of the school year is packed with programs, school projects, graduations, final field trips, etc. When my children were younger, I could not have imagined or anticipated how crazy the month of May would someday feel. In addition to the aforementioned hustle and bustle, we have two birthdays to celebrate. It is a lot. A few months have passed since May; which makes it easy to say that I look back at these "events" with fondness. They were, for the most part, positive and fun things.
One positive of having birthdays in May is that they serve as a reminder that it was in this same month, only days apart, that I became a Mother. Eliza's birthday sometimes falls on Mother's Day which I love because she came first and introduced me to this new world and role.
Forrest's birthday is three days before Eliza's. I love to reflect on his arrival as it is the most fresh in my mind. If we were to compare the chaos in May to the chaos in December; I would likewise add that May is the season of celebrating the bond I share with my children and the joy they bring me. I wish I could think of a better way to articulate my feelings. It just feels appropriate that all of this feel good, grateful to be a Mother sentiment, coincides with Spring time. *Insert additional "re-birth/Mother Nature"comparisons here. ;)
When Forrest was asked by his teacher, "Please introduce your Mom. What is her name?" His honest, and frightened, response was, "I don't know!" He was the only one in his class who couldn't name his Mom. :) He did his best to participate but when it came time to sing, he was overcome by stage fright and ran over to where I was. I scooped him up and held him in my lap for most of his program. He did serve Eliza and me cookies and punch in a fancy cup and stood by his teacher as she read aloud his responses to the interview she gave him about his Mom. It is such a sweet tradition.
It goes without saying around here that I am a Mama's girl through and through. I am thankful to live minutes from my Mom and Dad. They are such a wonderful support to me and are willing to help me out when I am in a bind. They recently had my kids while Andrew and I were at youth conference together. Tonight at Sunday dinner Lottie asked me how soon until they could sleepover at their house again without us being there. They are crazy about all of their Grandparents. We are so blessed in that regard.
I am grateful to be a Mom. Motherhood brings me great joy. I love these kids so much and hope they forgive me one day for the endless amount of photos I make them pose for.