I celebrated my third Mother's Day, and this year is the first year I celebrate as a Mommy of two little beauties! I couldn't be more blessed! Adam let me sleep in until 9:30 and then I woke up to flowers, TJ Maxx giftcard, The Vow dvd, Carrie Underwood cd, Dunkin Donuts k cups and the sweetest homemade card ever. It was a posterboard with painted hand and footprints of my girls and even a giant handprint from Ad ha! Made my year!We rushed off to church and then to my grandma's for lunch and then Adam's parents for a family filled day. We started a tradition a few years ago that the guys grilled shish-ka-bobs for all the Moms....such a great tradition! We had such a great day. The day was so great that Ella Jae decided to skip naptime to take it all in. Adam took care of the girls all day so it was nice to be able to just kick back and chit chat which I don't normally get to do. Both girls feel asleep in the car ride home so it was nice having a quite car ride home...ah, the things you get excited about once you have kiddos.
And then the gifts continued because Maeline slept from 11 pm until 6:45 am this morning! HALLELUJAH! It felt so wonderful to get a full nights rest. Ella Jae decided to sleep in, too, and now Maeline is napping so it has been a beautiful morning, minus to rain that is coming down.
Mother's Day is a bittersweet day for me. It is a day I now share with my Momma who is no longer with us. It makes me sad that I can't celebrate her and the grandmother she would be to my girls, and that she isn't here to see the mother I am in which she helped create. But it is also a very happy and joyous day because this is my third Mother's Day, and the first as a Mommy of two very special and beautiful little girls.
I always dreamed of being a Mom as a little girl and more so as I got older. I wanted so badly what was taken from me at such an early age. Although it isn't always easy, it is by far the best part of my life. The love I feel for my girls is unconditional. There are so many times when I look at them and my eyes fill with tears because the love I feel for them is so overwhelming. They are sweet little answered prayers and they don't even know it yet. They don't know just how loved and cherished they truly are. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for them, and I am so proud to be their Mother.
Ella Jae & Maeline,
I am so happy to celebrate Mother's Day with you. I celebrate Mother's Day now because of you. Because God picked me to be your special Mommy, to love you and take care of you forever and ever.
You are lights of my life. You my greatest accomplishments and you make me so proud to be your Mommy. Being your Mommy brings me so much joy that my heart just overflows with happiness. There isn't anything in the world I'd rather do than spend my days with both of you. You make me smile and laugh every single day, and I constantly thank God for your precious little life. My favorite days together are giving you kisses and big squeezes, having dance parties in the living room, going to the park, having picnics in your bedroom, dressing your up in pretty dresses and big bows, making up silly words and sounds, blowing bubbles and playing the sandbox, "tuddling," rubbing your back and saying prayers at bedtime, hearing the words "'qwinkle', Mommy?/'shunshine', Mommy?" and singing together. So many things about our days together warm my heart. I just want to bottle up moments so I keep them with me forever.
There are several things that I want you to remember as you grow:
Love God with all your heart and seek His will, do this and you will have all you ever need in this life.
Know your Mommy and Daddy love you with all our hearts and we'll always be here for you.
Always be kind to others even if they are ugly to you.
Do something nice for someone everyday.
Always use good manners: yes ma'am/sir and no ma'am/sir, please and thank you.
Laugh. Everyday. Even if it means laughing at yourself.
Don't forget to say the blessing.
Talk to God each day.
If you start something, finish it.
Always speak the truth.
Remember nice things people say to you, ignore the bad.
Don't say mean things to friends or about them.
God gave you many talents, take time to explore them.
Speak well and clear, it shows confidence.
Choose your friends wisely.
Wear pink and paint your nails (oh the joys of being a girl!).
Always let your conscience be your guide.
Always think twice before your spend (this comes from Daddy ha!).
As long as you do your best, that will be enough for me.
And never forget that "I love you through and through", and "I love you forever, I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living my baby you'll be."
I am one thankful and blessed Momma because of my two beautiful, precious baby girls. I look forward to each new day and experience I get to share with you. I pray I bring glory to God and honor Him by being your Mommy. Becoming your Mommy is the greatest gift I've even been given, and has taught me how to love in a way that you'll only experince when you two become a Mommy someday.
I love my sweet pretty princesses!
Always and Forever,