I am 2 months late and about $100 short on my Mother’s Day post, and a day late and a dollar short on posting in general. Such is life. I decided to grant myself some grace and not skip over this memory.
I woke up in Hawaii on Mother’s Day to the excited sound of my kids giggling outside my door. I sat up (tried not to throw up – just keeping it real), and smiled as they pranced in holding pictures, handmade cards and flowers. Apparently, Josh had been thrilled the moment he saw all the flowers in the backyard and had been planning on picking some of them for me for days. Then it was breakfast and off to church, where one of the leaders came over to introduce himself and promptly said, “You guys are visiting right?” When we nodded he said, “I could tell because you were on time.”
Fifteen minutes later church began. It was nourishing and fulfilling. The teenage boys greeted each woman old and young with a huge hug and a lei. You could fill their joy in handing them out, it lifted my heart.
Then we followed a tip, and fulfilled Max’s dream of finding sea turtles. We were all a little excited, the turtle not so much.
After that grand adventure it was lunch from the food truck of my choice (Brazilian cochinas).
Anna had suggested earlier that I might be getting sick because I was eating too much and maybe I should not do that. Ahh the honesty of kids. So I begged Justin to let me tell the kids about the baby as a Mother’s Day present. He agreed and I whipped up a quick hangman game.
Josh figured it out first. “We’re having a baby? We’re having a baby!!”
Anna “No we’re not!”
Max: “But I wanted a baby doggy!”
When we convinced them it was true they were all fairly excited.
We wrapped up the day with a breathtaking drive and the gorgeous hike I talked about in my last post. It was one to be remembered.
The word mother in and of itself evokes powerul emotion in almost everyone. It’s a powerful job. I’m grateful I get to have it and that I learned of it’s power, importance, and joy from my own mother, who learned it from hers, who learned it from hers…Such a legacy of wisdom that I hope to learn from and add to.