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Why I Love Being The Mom- Day 3, 4, 5


I am enjoying a Mothers Day hang over right now. I had a really nice day, and enjoyed being appreciated.

I had big plans last week to post something special about each of my kids. But I was too busy being a mom... and ran out of time. And I can't blog about 2 of my kids, and not the others. So this will have to do.

To Max- You were my first baby. Our first baby. And you were more amazing than I dreamed you would be. One night you fell asleep in my arms... you were just a few months old. Your dad came over to pick you up and put you in bed, and as he held you he said "We've waited so long for you."

And we did. We both waited so long for you to come into our lives. You were the baby that first made me a mother, at 27. You were the baby that made us all a family. You were the baby your dad and I both wondered if we would ever have... before we even knew each other. You were the joy that we prayed and hoped for. You healed old wounds, hurt feelings, broken hearts, and showed both your Dad and I that life goes on in a really great way. And we love you more than you will ever know.

To Parker:
I often think to myself, usually in a "post-Parker" moment, "It's hard being a Step-Mom!"
And it is.
But the thought came to me the other day... "It's even harder being a Step-Child."

I don't know exactly what life is like for you. Mostly because I don't know what it's like growing up with a step-mom. But I hope you know that I want the best for you. That I hope and pray for your success in everything you do. I also want you to know that I think you are really funny! And thanks for the Peanut M&M's- it was one of the highlights of my Mothers Day. And I love you!

To Maddy:
You are a lot like your dad. You look like your mom, and have your dad's personality. Easy going. Always happy. And always doing something for others. You will be the best mom someday. Because you are the best sister to your brothers, and the best daughter a Step-Mom could ever ask for. And I love you!

And to all of my kids- I am so blessed to have you in my life. Even though in some way, you all make life a little bit crazy. I wouldn't want it any other way. You all make me laugh. You all make me cry. You all make me wish for an extra hour in the day, an extra day in the week, and extra years in my life so that I can enjoy being around you. I love you all.

Thanks for a wonderful Mothers Day.


kelly m said...

this made me cry! you have such a way with words. and i love all your kids so much. parker especially has such a soft place in my heart. it's hard to be a step-child, a teenager, a good priesthood holder, an achiever, and he's doing it all. such a good kid. happy mom's day mandee!

grandma jojo said...

thank you. you are a beautiful, wonderful, loving, mother. i couldn't have chosen a better mother for my five grandchildren - aaron chose the BEST mom for his children. he is so smart! i'm glad you had a good mother's day. i love you so much.

Abby said...

Your so sweet! I love you and your kids and your husband! I hope you had a great Mother's Day! Thanks for a fun weekend! Thanks to Aaron for letting you spend the weekend with me! I had so much fun and like always I cried when I left!

Neva said...

I love your comments, you are a very blessed Mommie. I am so proud of you and ALL that you do you have a crazy, crazy, busy life. I finally saw how crazy your life is and now I feel very bad for how I teased you for not sucking it up and dealing with things better. It's just like the saying unless you are wearing that person's shoes you have no idea what they are going through.
Thanks for making my Mother's Day a GREAT one in the middle of your hectic day.
I love you, Mom

Shaun & (mostly) Aimee said...

You sweet comments really touched me! Your children are very lucky!