Tuesday, May 20, 2014

mother's day

This year, Mother's Day was a little different for us.  And by different, I mean good different...

We celebrated with my mother-in-law on Saturday night.  My sister and bro-in-law made a fantastic dinner.  We had so much fun hanging out and just being together.

My mom's 60th birthday also happened to be on Mother's Day this year, and so my sisters and I decided we wanted to focus more on her birthday.  Usually her birthday gets put together with Mother's Day as one big celebration, but we wanted her to feel extra special, extra loved this year.

If you know my mom, you know she's had an emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually difficult year.  Back in February, her baby sis was in a snowboarding accident and at first we didn't know if she was going to make it (read about it here).  My Gramma's health is also deteriorating quickly and my mom spends a lot of time at her bedside taking care of her.  All that to say...we wanted her birthday to be ALL ABOUT HER.  So that's what we did.  My sisters, bro-in-law, and I went up to Mom's house while she was at church to decorate.  My sisters came up with the cutest decorations.

And the best part is...she was so surprised!  It was so fun, so special for us to just focus on her, spend time with her.  It was wonderful.

After a couple hours with mom, we all headed over to my Gramma's house for a backyard celebration of Mother's Day and May birthdays....cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, family friends....I love these celebrations, and all the more as we think about some of these being our last time to celebrate with Gramma.  At one point in the day, we all gathered in Gramma & Grampa's living room and each said something to Gramma...something we're thankful she taught us, a character trait she displays that we love, a special memory, something we love about her...it was amazing.  All of our comments and stories came back to the same thing...faithful service to the Lord.  And that's what her life has always been about: service.  She has always served...at home, her husband, her kids, in church, in her community, in other countries...and I love that about her. 

I'm so glad we had that time together.  The Lord knew what our hearts needed.  This year, Mother's Day was hard, but it was also refreshing, joyous, fun, and very full of memories.  Next year will probably be very different for our family.  So I'm so thankful for our time this year.  To honor, to love on, to celebrate, to rejoice.


Christian and Jenny said...

Your family is on my heart. Love to all of you!

Elizabeth said...

What special memories!! Loved looking through your pictures!


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