Mother’s Day can be a day of joy or of sadness. Many have lost mothers or have lost babies that would have made them mothers. Some desperately want to be a mother but can’t. Others have been blessed to be new mothers or even grandmothers. On this day I get to celebrate being a new mother.
Motherhood has been my greatest blessing in life. These past 6 months with Jedidiah have completely changed everything, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! There’s no greater calling or job in the universe than that of being a mother. This calling, however, comes with a great responsibility! The weight of raising a child, loving them, and taking care of all their physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological needs can be overwhelming. It’s no wonder we take a special day each year to recognize them for all that they do!
This mother’s day I was blessed in many ways. Trent gave me my gift(s) a day early. We went up to visit him for lunch on Friday. He and his kids were making Mother’s Day flower pots. He knew that I would love to have one as well, so while we were there, we did a little fingerprint art with Jedidiah. The pots were little so they weren’t big enough for his entire hand or foot (although we did try). On a side note, I don’t know how anyone does these on their own! It is seriously next to impossible to do by yourself. We even had several failed attempts together! But I love the way it turned out and I love that we made it together. It says 1st Mothers Day and has his name and the date on the back. Now I just have to find some cute flowers to put in there!
On Saturday, Trent gave me his gift. He knows that I prefer experiences or gifts that are heartfelt and homemade over “stuff” any day. I love photos (perhaps obsessively), so he got me a beautiful flower pot and put one of my favorite photos of my two favorite people inside. I absolutely adore it! (Plus it’s orange, my favorite color). We’ll add some writing and the date to this one too eventually.
But more than this, I love that he tells me all the time that I’m a good mother. He affirms me often and makes me feel appreciated. He encourages me when I’m frustrated or feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing. He also tries to give me some time alone so that I can have an occasional break from housekeeping and mothering duties. He tells me “Thank you.” I appreciate all these things much more than gifts, but I still love that he went out of his way to make me feel special on my first mother’s day.
Trent and I decided to have baby Jedidiah dedicated at church that Sunday in front of our family and friends. This was an extra special moment for me as his mommy and I’m thankful we got to do it on Mother’s Day! You can watch the dedication or read about it here. I’m also so thankful that our family was able to be there to celebrate with us. After service we headed over to the photo booth that the church had set up for us. Check out these wonderful shots. 🙂
After church we headed to the Olive Garden for lunch together as a family. This was a big deal since we haven’t been out to eat as a family since before our babies were born (my sister-in-law had her baby 3 weeks after Jedidiah was born). That’s HALF A YEAR! It was exciting to go out again. However… the excitement dwindled a bit as we waited nearly 2 hours to get a table. Dinner was wonderful though and we enjoyed our time together as a family.
After dinner, we headed back to Trent’s parents’ house. We gave her our gift (a photo book) and she gave us ours. She made me and my sister-in-law beautiful gifts using lots of little details to bless us on this Mother’s Day. She chose to use 1 Samuel 1:27 for mine: “For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted me the desires of my heart.” That is certainly true and we praise and thank God every day for our biggest (little) blessing. She decorated it with a cross, representing our faith, and then a Chinese fan and a ying-yang, representing our time in China (After all, Jedidiah was “made in China”). On the other side, she put in a picture of Jedidiah right after he was born and put his name and birthday. Like I said before, I love homemade gifts and especially photographs, so I love this one! She even found a cute little card with a Chinese momma and baby. It is so cute!
I was also blessed by many sweet messages and cards, flowers and gifts. I want to thank all of you for making my first mother’s day so very special!