It’s funny….a lot of times, I’m asked…what my favorite holiday is or what my favorite day is. You all know those stupid (but fun) trivia quizzes we get sent from our friends. People say Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc. While Halloween & Christmas are close to my favorites, my favorite day of the year is today. Mother’s Day.
Why? The obvious, of course. But for many many reasons. I LOVE when the day comes for their birthdays. To celebrate THEIR special day, their moments, achievements, their quirks. But nothing is better than Mother’s Day. With a beloved thank you to my hubby, THEY are the reason why each day is amazing. The good days, the bad days and all the days in between.
What better way to wake up in the morning than by snuggles from Zachary as he climbs into our bed to wake us up and JJ coming into our room, kissing me on the cheek, forehead (whatever is closest to the edge of the bed) and saying “Good morning, Mommy”. Or laying on the couch at night, feeling our lil’ baby slowly move in my belly. The way your worst day or even just a day that had all those little things going wrong, can turn around your mood in an instant, when they just come up to you with a bear hug and a kiss or Zachary asking “Mommy, play with me?”.
The days that may be gloomy outside and you just spend the day, eating on the couch, snuggled into blankets and watch cartoons/movies all day. Or the days that the sun is shining and you spend it playing outside, catching bugs, playing ball, digging in dirt, riding bikes or going to the playground.
The reason why you can take away any pain with just a simple bandaid and a kiss to it. The way you can be the BEST mom in the whole wide world by letting them have a cupcake for breakfast once in a while. Letting them be as creative as they want to be simply with paper and paints and who cares how much of a mess they make???? Everything can always be cleaned up, right? Nothing is better than being a child and having no limits to their creativity. How you can make the BEST afternoon simply by baking cookies and building a fort in the living room, giggling while you eat them in the fort, planning your next adventure.
I know many of you reading this can relate, as you’ve done a lot, if not all, of this with your kids. Or hope to when you do have children. All the years growing up, you wish to be an adult, to be able to do whatever you want. And now that you’re an adult, you realize you can live childhood again thru your children’s eyes and have even MORE fun, by seeing their excitement and joy and knowing that YOU helped create that happiness.
I know I am not perfect by any means but I know that when it comes to my children, I do my best to raise them, support and encourage them…and most of all, let them be themselves. They truly could not bring me more joy than they already have and continue to do every single day.
I firmly believe that all my love and passion for me being a mother is because of MY mother. This day is dedicated to her as well. She is such an amazing woman and such an inspiration to me. I just hope to be the kind of mom she is, and always will be, one day. If I come even close to that, I’ll know I’ve succeeded.
Because of my parents, my husband and my children…no matter what life brings me, my heart is content. There truly is no greater gift in life, than family.
Because of all of these (and many more) reasons, every day is Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!!!
With that, I’ll leave a few of my favorite quotes about motherhood:
“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children”. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child”. ~Sophia Loren