It’s so easy to get caught up in what we don’t have. ESPECIALLY during a worldwide pandemic. A few weeks ago, I told my husband to stop looking for paper towels… seriously. I’m home, we have plenty of hand towels. We have napkins and if we run out of those, we have cloth napkins. I can do laundry! I’m not sure I’ll ever see clorox wipes again, LOL.
I don’t want to compare sacrifice lists… everyone is making them in their own way, some for sure more than others. Truly working in the trenches….
We managed to make Mother’s Day pretty normal. I sent my God Mother In Law flowers because I didn’t think we would get together. I knew she would be so sad. Getting together as a family is the most important thing in the world to her.
I ordered gifts for my children because they are the reason I am a mother. I’m sure they didn’t think the gifts were all that, I didn’t even get a Thank You. However, it is still my job to try and create amazing humans. Books have always been the backbone of how I wanted my children to learn things, I wanted them to have strong characters to relate to. How would this character navigate this problem, etc. Inside the books I included 3 letters. The first I wrote them on their 5th birthday, recalling things they loved, and how much I loved being their Mom. The second was a reflection I wrote 4 months after Douglas was born summarizing my transition from not wanting children to it being the BEST thing in my life, and the third letter was a summary of the “Pandemic of 2020” and how I hope the Heroes in the book help shape the future before them. I’m simply in awe of the books Brad Meltzer is writing for children and don’t know how I missed them as a classroom teacher. (I’ll share more on these next week. )
I ordered myself a 4 pack of Rock Star. You see, if I don’t buy my own gift, no one else will, so I took care of it! (I gave up rock star when I stopped working in March because they are expensive). I absolutely LOVE them. LOVE. So they are the perfect gift for me, especially now.
I didn’t know at the time Mrs. Bri and her girls would bless me with a wonderful surprise at 4:30 in the morning! I did get a Mother’s Day gift after all!
We ended up visiting Aunt RM in shifts today. Her youngest daughter moved to Arizona and asked Anthony to make a gift. We needed to deliver it. The stay at home orders are relaxing. We sat in the yard with no hugging, just lots of love and talking! We got to see some cousins as they were leaving, so we could visit.
She loved her gift – and even though it wasn’t from us – it was good to bring JOY!
When we returned home I made dinner, did the dishes and I cut some roses from my favorite rosebush in the backyard. It is blooming in overdrive. That rose bush is a ‘climbing’ variety. It doesn’t actually make good cuttings, but I love the color, so I cut them and bring them in anyway. They bring me JOY.
Watching everyone get pampered on Mother’s Day leaves a sour taste in your mouth – the curse of social media. I had nothing from my family, sans a card from Megan, and I had just cooked my own dinner, and done the dishes. I sat down to check my email and BAMB !
Fix your heart not on what is lacking – this is the message I received. When I keep my eyes on the ABUNDANCE of good in the world it is so easy to give THANKS. Again my inspiration comes from Little House on the Prairie. This time, in real time – the blog of Wendi Lou Lee,
God has equipped us with everything we need for every situation. I didn’t even need to buy my own gift, because HE had already taken care of it!!! I’m still glad I sent our aunt the flowers- even though we DID get to see her, because you can never spread too much Joy in that arena… but again, I didn’t need to WORRY about her not seeing her family – because we made it work! I’m a mother – it is my HONOR and pleasure to prepare meals for my family, I should never see it as a burden – on any day! My gift to my children, although they did not say “thank you” – was meant to plant seeds. I will never know when they pick it up and use it. Perhaps when I’m gone and they discover they “need me” – it will be then, through books they will have me! My life truly lacks nothing because of God’s divine power.
If you happen to be a Momma that perhaps had a “less than Instagram worthy” Mother’s day… know you are Loved and designed by an all perfect God, whose plan is so AMAZING that this one day out of infinity is all in his plan. Turn your troubles over and let the Lord carry your burdens. Thank him for everything he has bestowed upon us, even these ‘burdens’.
Dinner is in the crock pot!
Until next time, – be well my friends!