When my children were young celebrating Mother's Day was different than it is these days. You're a mom and telling your children that you are taking the day off from taking care of them is not very realistic. If you're hoping for a "Hallmark Movie" kind of day, you're not likely to get it at any time, but even less likely when your children are young. What I have noticed, though, is that as my children have gotten older, celebrating Mother's Day has changed.
For me, celebrating Mother's Day isn't about getting things......it's about feeling that you're loved and appreciated from the people that you spend your days nurturing. It's about feeling like your family understands all that you do for them and they want to show you how much that means to them. It's about feeling that you can't be replaced in the lives of the people you devote so much time and attention to.
As my family came together this Mother's Day, it would turn out to be one of the best Mother's Days I have had so far. Not only was it the first time that I could really take the day "off", it was the first time that I can remember, that I just got to spend the whole day being fully present. It's not that I don't aim to be that way every day, it's just that being a full time mom and wife keeps me busy enough every day that there is never a day when I just can take the day off. I was lucky enough to spend the day laughing and loving and planning and all the things that you wish you had time to do when your family comes together.
So, to my family......thank you SO much for the best Mother's Day I've ever had! Thank you for making me feel that I am intensely loved and that I matter to you. Thank you for telling me that as a mom, I am successful. Isn't that what Mother's Day is all about?
How was your Mother's Day this year? I'd love to hear all about it!!
Amanda and her friends have been preparing for this day for weeks. Dress shopping.....check. Shoe shopping.....check. Corsages.......check. Make-up......check. Hair.......check. Nails done.....check. Everything is in place and the only thing left to do is to start getting ready. Unless you are a female that has been to prom before, or you live in a house with females that have gone to prom, you would probably be amazed at the amount of time spent getting ready for this one night. Prom is a right of passage and when you go to Prom in your senior year of high school, it marks the beginning of the end of your high school years.
Around 1:30 in the afternoon, Amanda started getting ready for a night that didn't begin until 8pm. Heather spent hours doing Amanda's hair and make-up, making sure it was flawless and that the curls would last through the night. When all of that was complete, Amanda went to put on her dress and shoes, and when she emerged she looked like a princess.
For us, it was a bittersweet day. Amanda is my youngest girl so it will be the last time I get to experience all of the little things that go along with getting ready for that special day. I'm just so thankful that I got to share that day with her and Heather.......making memories for a lifetime. Next is graduation!