How was your Mother’s Day?

I woke to yummy smell of pancakes and maple syrup with good cappuccino. The children got up early and made breakfast in bed for me. It was lovely. It’s great to see the children working together on a common goal- that of blessing someone else.

I spent a large part of the day in the kitchen. This was my choice. I cooked up an Indian style feast for tea that night. I did this to bless my family. Before the meal I spoke a few words of thanks and appreciation to my husband and children…I affirmed them, made eye contact and spoke of my love for them. I explained that without them Mother’s day wouldn’t be, for me. I don’t write this to boast, rather to offer another side of me and my family. I had previously written about Mother’s day and that post is true…but as can happen with this medium, it is only one side of the story. I want to offer the same story but from another side or angle.

When John and I first got married, we wanted to start a family as soon as possible. But it didn’t happen. Each month would see me sad and teary. I desperately wanted to have a child and be a mother. It was 2 years before we conceived. Those two Mother’s Days were very sad for me. Oh, I would honour my own mother and my mother-in-law but it was also a painfully emotional time for me. Even now I remember the pain and the hurt that I felt. That pain doesn’t affect me now…I do not feel the sting of it but I do remember how it felt. And that in turn causes me to be so very appreciative and thankful for the four blessings that I do have. And I’m also reminded of the daunting task before me…that of parenting. Thankfully, God has the paths of my children firmly in His grasp. While I have a task, a duty, a responsibility, a privilege, God already knows their path and He is responsible for their salvation, not me.

How did you spend your Mother’s day? Have you learned any lessons from your own mum or mother-figure in your life? What did you ‘teach’ your children on this day? I’d love to hear from you.

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