Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day

I wasn't going to post anything for Mother's Day because a lot of the women who read my blog are waiting moms. Waiting and waiting and waiting. Some of them will not only be "celebrating" this Mother's Day without their child, but also without their own moms. This has made my heart quite sad to think about, but then I remembered another woman who reads my blog. My mom. And, yes, my mom-in-law too. So, this is for them.

Mom, just typing that word choked me up for a second. You have that effect on me -- you always have. There is just something so special about a mother's love. Something bad can happen to me and I'll keep it together, but as soon as I see your face or even hear your voice I will totally break down. It's like I'm still just a big baby who needs her mommy to make it all better. And, I know that your life's mission has always been just that: to make everything in your daughters' lives better. You have taught us so much about God and life and love. You have shown us that relationships aren't perfect, but when we love each other we can look over some imperfections to see the heart. And, you have a good heart! As a small child I remember you being my number one supporter. You were there after school every day with a snack and a smile. You volunteered in the library at my elementary school to be close, and I remember being so excited to see you in the middle of a school day!
When I was sick you held my hair back so I could throw up without making a big mess. (yuck)
And, you were in the kitchen crushing ice so I would stay hydrated. (I still remember how much noise that thing made. ) As I grew older, and more rebellious, you made your opinion known but you also let go and let God. And, I eventually found my way back to you (and Him) and you let me come home -- no questions asked. Remember that day? I'll never forget it.
Now that I am a mom I realize even more all of the sacrafices you made. I understand how deeply your love runs for your children as I am overwhelmed with love for my own sweet child. I get to see you loving, nurturing, and caring for MY daughter now and it makes my heart swell. I also love OUR relationship. You are one of my very best friends. I love to chat with you daily about the silly little every day stuff that goes on, and I still like to discuss the bigger and more important issues with you too. I love the times we spend out together -- shopping (like last night) and out to eat! Yes, we do love to eat out! It is so fun to make you laugh. You have become such a good sport...you really don't have a choice with a kid like me, right? But, you know I think you are the greatest and I'm so glad God gave us to each other.
Happy Mother's Day mom. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Sheri, when I married your son one of the (many) things I was excited about was marrying into his wonderful family. You all accepted me from day one and I have always felt nothing but love from you. You are a sweet and kind woman whom I really love and admire. You can cook and bake like nobody else I know (except of course your mom and sister!) And it is always fun to see what fun treats you cook up for us when we visit. You have been so thoughtful, kind, and generous to us over the past 6 years. I wish we could see you more often, because we always have the best time and it just gets more and more difficult when we have to part ways. You are so good to Lily, too. You are such a loving and patient grandma! I love to watch you with all of your grandchildren. You are an incredible woman and I am tremendously grateful to be able to call you mom. Happy Mother's Day to you. I can't wait to see you again. XOXOXOXO

So, with that I will just say: I hope everyone has a Happy Mother's Day. Whether you have your mom with you, or just her beautiful memory. Whether you can wrap your arms around your child(ren) or they are still a world away...a mother's love knows no limits.

24 comments:

Stacy said...

Wonderful post! Happy Mother's Day to you!

Sue said...

Beautiful!
Happy Mother's Day Nikki!

a&mg said...

So nice!

Happy Mothers' Day to you!

C.J. said...

Okay, that lovely post just made me sob my eyeballs out. I didn't want to look good at the Mother's Day brunch anyhoo ;0)

Seriously, enjoy your day and thanks for sharing that beautiful post.

Ms. Dragonfly said...

happy Mother's Day to you. I too was unsure how to post on the topic cuz I know how heart sick we are until our babies are home. You did a great post.

new girl said...

Happy Mother's Day, Nikki! I hope you have a wonderful day with your family.

You are so lucky to have such a wonderful relationship with your mother and your mother-in-law. That speaks volumes about all three of you! Very beautiful post.

Colleen said...

Well now there you go...you went and made me cry! Glad you posted - it was a very heartfelt post. Happy Mothers day to you!

Emmie said...

So Beautiful Nikki!
The love between a mother and daughter is definitly something special!

Dannye said...

happy mommy's day to you too!! from a mommy-to-be!!!

P.S. could you email me your address, I saw this little something something that reminded me of your Lily (dannyem1973@yahoo.com)

Beth and Shayna said...

What a beautiful note to your mom and MIL. Happy Mother's Day to you.

kris said...

I love shedding happy tears... what a beautiful tribute to your mom and mom-in-law. I still feel that way, even with my mom in heaven, that there are those times I want to run to her for that comfort only a mom can give- so she'll "make it all better". I think I miss that most of all.
I hope your day was wonderful as you basked in the love of that precious little girl!

Tracey & Mike said...

No matter how old you are, a girl always needs her mom.
Happy Mother's Day!

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

Happy Mothers day to a dear Bloggy Firend and her gorgoues little "not a ballerwina".

Shannon said...

Beautifully said. Happy Mother's Day!

Steffie B. said...

Happy Mother's Day my dear friend....that was a beautiful post.

Lynn said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom's !!!

Happy Mother's Day!!

Ava Baby said...

Happy Mother's Day, Nikki! I really enjoyed reading your post.

Panda-Mom said...

It's good to have strong women in your life!

Doris & Dan said...

Happy Mother’s Day!

Keep smilin!

Jonni said...

Nikki,

You are such a truly wonderful person inside & out and happy Mother's Day to you. You are such a fabulous Mommy and I feel very lucky to have a friend like you.

Hugs,
Jonni
www.journeytosofia.com

Gee Gee said...

Such a gift with words Nik... And I know you mean it all from the bottom of your heart...
Yes, we are all so blessed!

redmaryjanes said...

What a beautiful post. You family is so blessed to have you.

Jody said...

No wonder mom was crying when I called and she was reading your blog. What a great post.

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