My Mother’s Day this year started off in a very similar manner as a few Mother’s Day ago, very lazily. I slept in a bit and woke up to a nice quiet morning. Freshly brewed coffee in hand, I wandered into the family room and found the kids peacefully playing Legos with each other. That was a sure sign that Mother’s Day was going to be a good one. As the day unfolded my hunch was correct. I could not have hoped for a more darling day.
The only thing we had planned was to have lunch outside under the grape-vine engulfed pergola. Per my new vegetarian diet, the hubs cooked up a special dish of Shakshuka, a Tunisian dish that I have come to love since becoming a vegetarian. He also baked a white bean cake with lemon tofu frosting and a citrusy cocktail with elderflower liqueur to pair with the meal.
Later we were joined by my Mother-in-law and we did a lot of hanging out. We also met our newest family member, a turtle that we named Homer. My Father-in-law had brought him over because the previous owner could no longer keep him. How could we turn him away? It’s funny how pets show up in our family, it’s usually my Father-in-Law who introduces us to an abandoned or homeless animal.
After the beautiful lunch, the kids presented me with their best handmade creations from school. Those are always the best kinds of gifts. Their store-bought gifts were perfect as well, a few inexpensive candles and a picnic blanket. Just goes to show that they know my heart so well.
I have always been so spoiled on this day with abundant love and reassurance that I am doing something right. The reality of raising two little humans has not always been smooth sailing. There have been many stormy and disorderly days where I am ready to give up the ship. Although there also have been more days than I can count when those sweet faces look at me as their captain to guide them down a righteous path. Motherhood is about cherishing moments that are raw and imperfect, it’s also about digging deep and finding strength and courage to make it through those long rough days. I am so thankful for my three sweet soulmates who make life so full and unpredictable.