Mother's Day used to be a day I dreaded. It is a day with terrible memories of wanting a baby so bad but knowing that might never happen. Or, of the day I walked up to church and a man yelled "Happy Mother's Day" and as I forced a smile to say "Thank You" he yelled "Not you, you don't count. I was talking to them!" Or the year that our Russian Adoption process ended just the weekend before and I cried non-stop for 48 hours. All of those are such fresh memories that make me appreciate the title "Mother" even so much more.
So, when Mother's Day rolls around each May, I treasure the day. This year brought a different dynamic since little Micah has now joined our family. Sometimes I still find it hard to believe that I have TWO boys who call me mom. Well, actually only one of them call me mom. The other just kind of grunts at me now but I know the day is coming that I'll hear those sweet little lips says "Ma-Ma!"
On Saturday afternoon, Jonah called me to the back porch to show me my "surprise!" There on the table was a beautiful masterpiece painted by my favorite four year old artist. There were also cards and lots of handmade gifts from school, mission friends and Sunday School.
Even Max got in on the action. It seems Dan got super brave and put his paws in paint so he could mark a card for me too.
Then, I opened a card from Micah that had his hand and foot prints too. Dan must love me more than I love him because I don't think I'd ever brave paint with a dog and 6-month old!!!
We tried to take a picture of me holding Jonah's painting and him. But, someone decided to eat the painted paper instead! He got paint all over his face.
After a sweet time outside with my family, we started the bedtime routine so we could be ready for church the next morning. Micah was fine with this because he got to play in the tub. HE LOVES A BATH!
I stopped long enough in the nursery to take a few pictures with the boys that gave me the title of Mom.
We had a WONDERFUL steak lunch over at a friends house. Jonah got to drive the John Deere Gator after lunch and loved it. He would have stayed there all afternoon but a certain momma wanted a nap on her special day!!!