That is one of the biggest lessons I learned from her as a mom. To pray, guide, nurture and then trust your children to make the right choices. She gave her very best for her family and still does. She is sentimental and soft hearted and cries when reading birthday cards. She is the very best mom I could have ever hoped for.
And Brandon. He is my greatest supporter, encourager and my very best friend. He loves me in big and small, loud and quiet ways. Ways that could easily get missed and he would be ok with that. He does, just because. And I love that about him. He has taught me selflessness like no other person I have met. He loves our children, he shares the load of parenthood and he never complains when he stays up really late with me packaging orders or making party favors. He's my biggest fan and makes me smile on a daily basis. He will go to the store at 11 at night if I needed him to. He makes me feel beautiful when I'm dressed up cute or when I'm just out of the shower with wet hair and old pajama pants on. He knows the importance of giving me my time alone, of making sure my "pink waters" are always stocked and being quiet when I say things I shouldn't because I'm irritated with something else. His silence in those times has taught me more than he realizes. He makes me a better person. A good mom. And a happy wife.
We sat in the backyard of my parents house today. Watching the kids jump in and out of the pool. Mia was on my lap, as usual. Sticking close to mom, and Brandon was beside me. I just had this overwhelming feeling of gratitude as I looked at each of my kids. Sometimes it hits me really hard that I am the mother of 3. When I look at them and how perfect and beautiful and healthy they are, I don't ever take it for granted. We have 4 more waiting for us in heaven. I can't wait to be mama to them one day, But right now....here and now, my heart is content and full and grateful. The here and now is beautiful and noteworthy and reason to celebrate. Always.
You know what else is noteworthy? Asher trying chicken nuggets for dinner for the first time in 6 1/2 years. Not just trying them though....actually eating them all up and liking them! My life just got easier. The worlds pickiest eater has finally expanded his repertoire. Happy Mothers Day to ME! How was yours?