Last night, as I was writing in the journals that I keep for my girls, I was reminded of something very important. That it’s so easy in life to have huge expectations of what we want our day or even our life to be like and that when reality doesn’t meet those expectations, we’re left feeling upset and dissatisfied… to me, this is no way to truly live your life. Eric was a little worried that my Mother’s Day wasn’t perfect, but it was…. and here’s why.
I got this beautiful card from Ella… made entirely by herself. She asked me to write out a few of the words on a sticky note, so that she knew how to spell them, but that was all the help she got. She used purple for the words, because she knows that’s my favourite colour… and the drawing on the front is her, in a yellow dress, because that is what she’d wear everyday, if I let her. She was a little worried that I wouldn’t like it, because the fold wasn’t straight… but to me, it’s perfect. It shows me that she loves me, and really, that’s all that matters.
When the girls woke up yesterday, they came and had a snuggle in bed with me for a little and then Eric got them up to go downstairs to play lego, while I got to spend a little bit of time in bed, reading a book and indulging in some “me” time. We had pancakes for breakfast… and yes, I made them, but that makes me happy because I like to cook. We went out as a family, ran some errands, played at the park and spent time creating memories. We had dinner together and after the kids were sound asleep, Eric mixed me a drink and we did a little bit of work. I wrote in their journals and I thanked my girls for being who they are… for without them, I wouldn’t be who I am today. A mom. A mom who is happiest when I can let go and enjoy the moment. I’m happiest when I remember that it doesn’t matter if my house is clean or that the laundry’s not done… that the most important thing I’m doing right now is raising my girls. So if they go to bed with a smile on their face and are able to hug me sweetly and say “I love you”, then I know I’m doing something right.
I hope that you enjoyed your Mother’s Day too. That you were able to get outside and feel the sun on your face and hear your child(ren) laughing, playing and saying “I love you!” That you were able to find a few things to add to your jar of happiness, I know mine is getting full 🙂