Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

Today is simple. I have a cold. To a degree, all of us are sick today. I have poison ivy all over my body, including my face. This on top of my regular pregnancy discomforts. I had to stay home from church today for the fourth week in a row due to illnesses in Bella or I. But- today I am thankful for all of the amazing examples of motherhood in my life, all of whom I aspire to be more like. Namely:
my dear grandmother, Charlotte, who has always been one of my best friends and examples.

My mother who continues to care for me like her baby and exemplify Christlike attitudes. My own sister and mother who both inspire me to be better, in every way...
Who also mother my own darling Bella so well.
All of the women in my life who exemplify motherhood and illustrate why it is woman's highest calling and show what a difference a good woman can make. I don't have pictures for all of these women, but they include my personal friends, church leaders, aunts, in-laws, and those I only read about.
I am grateful for my firstborn Lola Jane, who waits for me, inspires me, and doubtless shakes her head at me.
(9 months pregnant with Lola)

My sweetest girl, Isabella Grace, who while in a sometimes frustrating stage of toddler-hood still inspires daily laughter, appreciation, wonder, happiness, and goodness. In daily practice, she makes me understand what motherhood is really about and why we are here to do what we do.
And lastly, my little avocado, who at nearly 17 weeks still resides safely in my womb waiting to make his or her appearance. My little Simon or Fiona. Can't wait to feel those regular, reassuring movements, especially until I see a doctor.
So with the disappointments that invariably come with the 'holiday' of Mother's Day, motherhood being emotionally-charged and fraught with challenges, I choose to be grateful for these women and girls.

9 comments:

michelle said...

I love this post! Exactly how I choose to view Mother's Day.

Amie said...

This is beautiful. I love hearing you and Michelle "talk" about the legacy of amazing women you come from...

Happy Mother's Day!

RoRo said...

Your mom totally made me look twice, I thought it was Barbra Walters at first glance!

Also love the baby names, my youngest brother is Simon and my best friend is Fiona.

Mother said...

What, no "Bliss"?!

Mother's Day is one to be sure of mixed emotions! I'm glad to have two beautiful daughters who now are the examples to me of supreme Motherhood.

Beautiful picture of my own dear Mother . Thankyou!

charlotte said...

Ha, your mom's comment makes me laugh! A couple weekends ago when I was home, my mom expressed the thought that if she were named "Bliss" she would have turned out to be a fat lesbian. HA!

You're a great mother, Jessie. I love seeing you be a mom to little Bella!

Hannah said...

This is perfect and how I choose to see the day as well- and you know how my mother's days have been! So basically I can echo Michelle's comment and Amie's as well. You come from an amazing line of women to look up to, and your girls are fortunate to witness the love and respect you have for them. So glad your day was mellow.

rmt said...

What a beautiful post, Jessie! You are so blessed to have such amazing, exemplary women in your life, and you are such a good mom to little Bella.
How in the world did you get poison ivy? That has got to be ridiculously annoying! I hope you're doing better.

Denise said...

Happy Mother's Day--your description as "fraught with emotion" is quite apt. We do have amazing women in our lives!

Sorry about the poison ivy--YUK!

Diana said...

Happy Mother's Day.

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