Here is my super belated Mother’s Day post. Actually I had planned on doing something a little different and featuring some of my favorite “Mommy bloggers” but the time just got away from me. Instead I’m going to show you what Daniel and the kids made for me this year.
First I just want to say that as “politically correct” as we have to be about the winter holidays now, I think Mother’s Day has gotten even worse! I know it’s nice to be thoughtful and remember those who want to be mothers and aren’t, or those who have lost children, or those who have lost mothers, or those fathers who have to be father and mother, and the list could really go on forever. Of course there is nothing wrong with recognizing those categories of individuals, but I also think it’s okay to just say Happy Mother’s Day to the moms and not feel like you are being insensitive! I mean, when your birthday comes around, do you feel the need to recognize all the people who just didn’t happen to be born on that day?
I have a friend who has struggled with infertility, and I was so impressed by what she wrote as her Facebook status on Mother’s Day. I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing it here:
Happy Mother’s Day to all my infertile sisters out there. I know this day is not a fun one especially as each year passes. But we are just as important to our Father in Heaven as the women who have birthed babies. Let us never forget that we have important work to do also and that is why we are here. Our time will come when we become mothers either in this life or the next. But until that day let’s remember to enjoy some things one being able to sleep, two no foreign stains on our clothes, three being able to pretty much do whatever the heck we want. Love you all enjoy today by doing whatever you want. Happy Mother’s Day to my sisters with kids you ladies rock.
How much more thoughtful can you get than by acknowledging your struggle, then talking about the positive side of that struggle, and then wishing a happy day to those who do have children? I just thought it was really well said.
Okay, now here is what Daniel surprised me with on that morning, when we were in California:
When he gave it to me he said, “This is what it looks like when we say we love you.”
A few days before he had banished me to the car while he got the kids to record themselves saying, “I love you.” He explained to them that it was for a present for me, and he demonstrated what they were supposed to do by leaning close to his computer and saying, “I love you!”
He said that Vanessa then leaned forward right away and said, “I love you…Mommy!” So then Carter said the same thing: “I love you, Mommy!” And that’s what you see in the frame.
He took screen caps of the audio waves and then prettied them up in Illustrator. Daniel’s is first, Vanessa’s is in the middle, and Carter’s is on the bottom. He said it was supposed to be three different frames, but he ended up doing it as a collage in one frame. I love it, and it’s currently hanging up next to my bed where I can see it before I fall asleep and first thing in the morning.
What a unique, special Mother’s Day present! Daniel then told me to expect flowers and breakfast in bed from now on! Haha! He knows how I feel about birthdays and holidays; I just care that they are acknowledged in some form. Sometimes it’s a big present, sometimes it’s a small present, sometimes it’s been a secret trip or a song he’s written for me, and sometimes it’s just the acknowledgment, and that’s really all I need!
But my birthday is on Thursday so… ;)