First of all, DON'T HAVE A STROKE!!!
I realize that it will come as quite a shock to both of you readers that I am posting after 6 long months. It may have been that long since I last had this much time to myself with no other pressing obligations. I can't promise that it won't be 6 more months before this happens again. I cannot possibly recount the happenings of the last six months, and if I were to, I would soon have no readers. Suffice it to say that there have been birthdays, ER visits, sickness, health, reaching of milestones and much love and laughter. That said....
I have a wonderful husband and children!! Since our Sundays are generally hectic (ok, that is an understatement) James made this Mother's Weekend. He got up with the children on Saturday morning (and I only gently reminded him 3 times Friday night what my expectations were). They brought me breakfast in bed at 8:00 (which IS sleeping in at our house)~ chocolate chip pancakes, fruit and milk. YUMMY!! After a leisurely breakfast, I got up to go to the restroom and immediately 3 of the 4 children were banging on the door to give me a card. Some things never change!
It was a beautiful day outside!! A little blustery, but sunny and pleasant. Once we were all dressed and ready to go we took off to Lowe's where we built planters for Mother's Day....I built Eli's. He would not even plant the flower. You know, I'm a DIY hands-on kind of mom. So we got home and fed the troops then suddenly, I had a brilliant idea! Just this week I have re-committed myself to taking time to search, ponder and pray each day. I told James that I wanted to take my books and go have a snack in the sunshine and read. It will become important to the story later that I have had severe allergy symptoms for several days leading up to this. So off I went. I had a yummy lunch on the patio of a restaurant while I read scripture. I prayed and shivered as the wind blew across me on the completely shaded patio. After lunch I wanted something a little sweet, but not heavy. So I drove across town to the snow cone stand. Said wind was still blowing and now I had ice in my hands so I sat in the car with the windows partially down so that I could be right in the sun but not get sweaty because the buffered breeze kept it pleasant. I read an entire chapter uninterrupted of a book I have been trying to get through for like a year. I did not want to be gone too long, so I headed home to find James in the hammock waiting for me. It was a beautiful day for lying in the hammock. Unfortunately, he then had to leave to procure the gifts for the mothers at church, but then I got to lie in the hammock for about a 1/2 hour before needing to wake the boys. More outside time!!!! Then we took my mother out for dinner.
Fast forward to now, Sunday morning. I am in the bed with worse allergy symptoms than all last week combined surrounded by a mountain of laundry since I took the day off yesterday. My children are at church singing to an absent Mommy right about now. It was worth it though! To be out in God's beautiful world soaking up the beauty and glory of it all....Happy Mother's Day to me and to all the other wonderful mothers I know!
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