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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I am abundantly blessed.
I have 8 awesome living children (our sweet baby Luke and 4 children we never met in heaven) and one beautiful granddaughter, a loving husband and an incredible extended family. 
I thank God every day for these blessings and so many more. 
I do not take for granted the gift of fertility that I have been given. 
When I was young I had two dreams - I either wanted to be a nun or the mother of a large family.
I always assumed I would have eight children, never any less. 
A mom of a large family because that is what I knew - I am one of 10 - and I thought that was wonderful.
A nun because I wanted to be a saint and all saints it seems were nuns! LOL
I know now that there are many mothers who must be saints, because I  know so many incredibly holy mothers who pray and sacrifice daily for their families.
 While I have the utmost respect and gratitude for all the women who give their lives to Christ in a religious order I am grateful that this is the life God has called me to.

I am thankful for dirty dishes - it means we have plenty to eat.
I am thankful for laundry - it means we have plenty to wear.
I am thankful for bathrooms to clean and groceries to put away.
I am thankful for dandelion bouquets and sticky kisses.
I am thankful for babies and toddlers - they grow up too fast.
I am thankful for grade schooler's and the crazy things they do.
I am thankful for teenagers - I know my time with them is so short and they are so interesting!
I am thankful for young adults and the new and wonderful relationship we have.

I know that Mother's Day is a day in which Mom's everywhere know that they are truly blessed!

I am off to thank Mimi - for all of  her unseen and unknown sacrifices she has made for me.
We will be putting flowers on my Mother-in-law's grave today.
Join me won't you and thank the mothers in your life?


  1. I love the dirty clothes and dishes connection to a live well lived! Happy Mother's Day to you, and all mothers everywhere!

  2. This is such a lovely, meaningful post! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, Christy!

  3. This is lovely. I like the dirty dishes/clothes connection too--I have to think about that more!

  4. Having children changes your life so much. It completely strips away your dignity and that feeling of having your hair combed, but it's such a romping good time! Children are such a blessing and it's so exciting to see what God will do with them!

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