A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love. – Author Unknown
copyright Robyn Graham
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the women in my life who have served as a mother figure, who have inspired me, who have encouraged me, who have supported me, and who have helped me become the woman I am today. I appreciate your sacrifices of love, of time and of self, for me, as well as, for all people in your lives.
“Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I’d have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.” ~Erma Bombeck, “If I Had My Life to Live Over”
“I usually claim that pregnant women should not read books about pregnancy and birth. Their time is too precious. They should, rather, watch the moon and sing to their baby in the womb.” ~Michel Odent
“There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.” ~Pamela S. Nadav
Our baby is 5 years old today! Even as blessed as we feel about having her in our lives, I have a confession to make. When we first found out I was pregnant with Gracie we were in shock, me especially. Sam had just learned how to tie his shoes, we could travel without a diaper bag, or stroller, life was good, and we were running a man to man defense. I was starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel of toddler hood, and thinking about the possibility of going back to work part-time. And then, on our 10th wedding anniversary, with a 7 year old and 5 year old, we found out that I was pregnant. This wasn’t what we’d planned and we were overwhelmed. I cried for a couple of weeks. When I went to the doctor and they placed a huge red AMA* on my chart and read me the list of risk factors associated with pregnancies in women over 35 as though I had committed a serious crime, I began to panic. I wondered how in the world I would manage this new test of patience, sleep deprivation, etc. with the closest family being 1,000 miles away. I was being selfish and silly but I didn’t realize that until further into the pregnancy. This simply wasn’t in my plans and the surprise threw me for a bit. And then, after much thought and prayer, I realized what a blessing had been bestowed on us and I began to embrace the pregnancy and the thought of the additional love within our family unit. Once Gracie arrived, there were no more negative thoughts, just awe and wonder and thankfulness. We, as a family, are thankful each day for this little bundle of personality, sassiness, silliness, attitude, beauty, and love that we were so graciously blessed with 5 years ago.
I mentioned the word blessing a couple of times in the above paragraph. The name Grace means blessing. This name was given to our daughter because that is what she was to our family, a blessing. We like to think, that after my father passed away after an 8 month battle with esophageal cancer, he got to heaven and told God that I needed a daughter for the years to come. He requested a blessing for us that we didn’t know we needed.
My mother and sister, and her daughters came to visit this week. I haven’t laughed so much in months and enjoyed absolutely every moment of the time we had together. Despite the loads and loads of laundry and the stacks and stacks of dishes, I am missing them tonight. It feels almost like a homesick Sunday evening…ever have that feeling?
A few quotes to celebrate all of the amazing women in my life who have inspired me as mothers.
“A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.” – Peter De Vries
“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.” – Pearl S. Buck
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” – Washington Irving