It is Mother's Day.
I have been told to relax in bed. (Darn it!) So, I am reading scriptures, receiving quick kisses and hugs from our children and listening to stories my children scamper in to read to me. There are wonderful smells coming from the kitchen and a fantastic husband orchestrating a calm, relaxing day for me. I have received precious gifts throughout the lives of our children and today will not be an exception. For weeks our children have worked on gifts, songs and cards to share how much they love me. I love Mother's Day. These precious gifts, although they wouldn't be worth much on eBay or Etsy - are worth the world to me.
I never thought I would truly enjoy being a mother as much as I have come to love it. I was a young woman with a single purpose of mind that did not include children until much, much later in life (if at all). I am SO grateful to the Lord that he did not accomodate that desire / wish of mine.
Although we, as women, definitely need to carve out time to ourselves to build our own talents and shape who we would like to become - there is also an equal necessity to take time to ponder how absolutely wonderful it is to be a mother who is adored and loved! It is a precious gift; the kind of whole-hearted, all-encompassing, unfiltered love that children give to their mother! It will come through songs, hugs, kisses, hand-made cards, flowers pulled from your garden or a child coming to just being near you!
It is Mother's Day and I cannot express just how grateful I am for my four beautiful, wonderful children and my dear husband! I am grateful my wonderful husband saw something in me twelve years ago and uncovered a aspect of my spirit that I had not bothered to explore - the ability to nurture. Now, these precious children have taught me of what they see in me - the pure love of a Mother!
I hope I can always live up to the woman they want me to be!