Today I had the pleasure of having my mother here with me on Mother's Day. I went to bed early last night, which is my version of a sleep in, AND I got 45 minutes extra sleep this morning. Lovely. I woke up to this...
Finch's turtle has lost an eye, and he wanted me to fix it first thing. Not creepy at all, eh?
My mother and the children had prepared a Mother's Day feast for me, and there were lots of presents. I wanted to record some of them here, so that I can remember, and enjoy them again.
Sprout cut flowers from her very own rose bush. How sweet.
Finch gave me two pomegranate blossoms, saying "You can save the seed to plant next year!" He knows me well.
On the right hand side, you can see a bracelet, that Small Sun made for me, during lunch and recess at school. I can only imagine how carefully he would have had to work with the tiny thread and the beads, my boy who works in broad strokes, and bounding energy, not tiny details. I am so proud.
Finch, overflowing with gifts (does anyone love their mother more than a five year old boy?), made me this flower "that will last until you're 96!" May it be so.
On Mother's Day, I always feel an increased connection to Small Sun's other mother. I wonder if she is feeling a mix of joy and sorrow? My son's eyes beam at me, and I also notice him having some very quiet moments. We are so blessed to have communicated with his first Mom over Facebook and text today, and I can't express how thrilled I am that he will get to call her before the day is done. Not many adoptees have the access to reach out so easily. We are very blessed.
I also think about our previous foster children and their families, many of which have been severed and reformed in different configurations.
I think of the daughter we are carrying in our hearts, who I imagine to be waiting in Houston for us somewhere, and her mother who is likely also near, but separated by an impossible divide.
We are officially certified and waiting, in fact, we have submitted our family profile to be considered for a specific girl, but will be waiting several more weeks for news.
I was so, so happy to spend the day with my mother, I am so blessed to have the daily privilege to mother my children, and will do my best to be worthy of that honor.
I want to include my thoughts from last year's Mother's Day, as they still ring true in my heart.