My daughter, Ashley, my Mom, Sharon, me (hello!) and my son, Joshua, after Mother's Day brunch in 2013.
Happy Mother's Day! When I was a little girl, my mother had a wonderful prayer hanging on the wall. It is called "A Mother's Prayer" and I loved it. I loved it even more when I became an adult and then it really made sense when I became a mother myself.
Here it is: A Mother's Prayer
Oh, give me patience when wee hands
Tug at me with their small demands.
And give me gentle and smiling eyes,
Keep my lips from hasty replies.
And let not weariness, confusion, or noise
Obscure my vision of life's fleeting joys.
So when, in years to come my house is still,
No bitter memories it's room may fill.
Isn't that great? As I sat down to write this, I could imagine the wooden plaque and paper it was written on. I could see it hanging on the wall, but I could only remember some of the words. I googled a few phrases I remembered and wow! the prayer was all over Pinterest! (Don't you just love how information is available at our fingertips?! And Pinterest...that's a whole nother thing!) Even young mothers today are loving it, repinning it and commenting on it. That makes me smile! :)
My mother has always been an inspiration to me. She does everything with grace. It doesn't matter if she is hosting a family gathering for 20 or solving one of life's many problems, she always waves her magic wand and makes things happen. And with a smile...I might add! I admire that and love her with all my heart. If I didn't have her as my mother, I would have definitely chosen her as my friend.
Mother's Day is a wonderful time to honor all mothers. I hope each of you celebrate the women in your life who have loved you, inspired you and waved their magic wands for you. Sometimes that can be several women!
Also, a special thanks to each of you who have not only "mothered" your own children, but other's children along the way. Nina, an amazing friend of mine, used to say, "It takes a village!" And, you know what... she was right!
Enjoy your day and all those around you this week,
PS - My mother still teases us that she always got the last piece of pie, but would usually give it up to someone who wanted seconds. She would promptly announce,"I am just not that hungry!" Thanks Mom!