"Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice."
Today my children have worked really hard to make my Mother's Day special. Traditionally, they do not present me with store bought gifts, but they create their gifts....and the younger children are especially creative. I treasure these gifts! I have boxes and boxes of all of the handmade cards and various items that my children have made specifically for me throughout the years. I know that their value will only increase as we all grow older.
Leah and Sam with me.
This is the card that Leah made for me. She made me a colorful yarn doll that she said took a long time to make! Leah also gave me a sewn "pouch" with buttons hand sewn on the front in the shape of a smiley face. Inside the pouch was a wooden beaded bracelet that she made at Rustic Youth Camp last year.
Sam presented me with a package of items that previously belonged to him. He chose things from his personal stash to give to me! His gifts included a "pouch" and small blanket that Leah had sewn for him, a duck tape wallet, and a compass from Chick Fil A.
Julie woke up at 6:00 this morning to begin cooking. She made blueberry pancakes for breakfast and chocolate brownies for our lunch's dessert--both from scratch. She also prepared "refried" beans to go in the crock pot. When we arrived home from our church service, she finished cooking our lunch. It was Mexican, my favorite. We had rice, bean burritos, guacamole and salsa. The brownies were so yummy!
Clay made me a lovely card, and his gift to me was cleaning out my van! He vacuumed it and took a mop bucket of hot soapy water to scrub it all clean. That was a fantastic gift!
Olivia also made me a beautiful card. Olivia's gift to me was cleaning up the kitchen and then cleaning and scrubbing the very, very dirty microwave and gas stove cook top. Another fantastic gift!
potholders made by Julie
I love being a mother! God has blessed me five times with these precious children, and Jimmy and I enjoy them so much.
Friday night, my parents came to visit and spend the night, so I got to spend some time with my mother. I gave her a Ronaldo prayer bracelet, which is really pretty! Jimmy has gone to visit his mother right now. Both Jimmy and I have been blessed with loving mothers. Both of our mothers were homemakers, and they spent their lives taking care of their children. We knew before we were married that when we had children of our own, that I would become a full time mother and homemaker. I truly love my job. I know that I have a huge responsibility, and I do not take it lightly. I spend much time in prayer and reading God's Word---always trying to do a better job of serving my Lord by serving my family.