Sunday, May 10, 2009

mommy's day

Mother's Day is just about over and I am silently cursing my mom for not bringing me my favorite picture of us when I was a baby. I was so excited to post it because it has such a sweetness about it that I love. But, I can't be mad at her since it is Mother's Day!

I do have to say that I love Mother's Day (for those who know me, I love every holiday, so this should be no surprise to you). To me, there is something special about everyone taking a day to honor all those amazing moms who have reared their children to adults as well as all the moms who are trying to right now. On Mother's Day I honor my mom first and foremost, but also my grandmothers, my mother-in-law, my sister and my friends. I am appreciative that my husband can also take today to appreciate what I do for our family as well as teach my children how important a mom is. I, in turn, will do the same on Father's Day. I mean as parents, we deserve it!

Today I have been thinking about what it means to be a mom, not only in society, but to me personally. I have so many personal goals and ambitions in my life, but for me the most important thing I can do with my life is to raise good children. To help make them good citizens, good friends and great people. I want to teach them that all their goals and dreams are possible, that being a good person is much more important than getting ahead and that the world is so much bigger than just themselves. I want them to learn how touch other peoples' lives in small and large ways and that they can make a difference if they try. Most of all, I want them to be happy, to find happiness in the small things and above all have a relationship with God.

As I think about all of these things, I think about my own mom. I learned these things from her. I watched her anonymously give to people in need, teach me lessons on right and wrong when I needed them most, show me how to have faith that things would turn out okay and support me in all my achievements (hey Mom, remember when I REALLY wanted to design purses and you went out and bought all that fabric to help me? Sorry I never made them, but thanks for encouraging me). My mom is amazing, my mom is beautiful and my mom has given me the foundation to become the mother I know I can be.

I had a wonderful Mother's Day. It was just an extra special normal day, mixed in with naps, donuts, lunch with family, more naps and a nice walk. Nothing fancy, but everything I would ever ask for. Oh, and the Anthropologie apron and gold gladiator sandals from Mark & the kids didn't hurt either :)


Jenn said...

I always love your posts!! I am glad you had a great day with your family!!

eva said...

Sweet post! Sounds like you had a wonderful Mother's Day, as you deserve.

Williams Family said...

Happy Mother's Day. You are an amazing mom and Brody and Piper are so lucky to have you as their mommy.

Dave and Lauren said...

You are the best Mom ever Amanda and I am glad you had a great day.