Sunday, May 11, 2008

my heart

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone

I love that quote because it is so true. It describes how I feel... how I've always felt, ever since the day that each of my children made their grand entrance into this world - and into my life. They are my heart, and I love them beyond words.

This is the last Mother's Day that I will have either one of my children living in my home. I've been reflecting on the past 20 years and all the Mother's Days where I've been honored and celebrated. I remember the little handmade gifts that were made either at school or church. I remember being taken out to lunch, or a movie, or a bike ride. I remember the flowers. Each gift and celebration meant a lot to me as it was my family's way of saying 'I love you' or 'thank you.'

But my best gifts are my kids. I can't imagine my life without them. I'm not a poly-ana; it hasn't always been easy or fun. My family has had it's share of struggles and heartache. All families do. But the joy of watching my two little babies grow up to adulthood, the fun times we've shared, and the memories that I will always cherish, have been the blessings of being a mother.

I want to wish all the mothers out there in bloggyland a happy Mother's Day. I hope you all are having a wonderful day with your family.

... and a special Happy Mother's Day to my mom.
I love you and will see you soon.


Melissa said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too! That is a really great quote... I can't even imagine what life will be like when Red is 20... seems so far away, yet I know it will go so fast! Have a wonderful day

dakotablueeyes said...

Happy Mother's Day

Jamey said...

That quote is so true!! I hope you have a great day!!

Momma Roar said...

What a beautiful quote!

Anonymous said...

I reflected today on the fact that I cannot even remember the last Mother's Day I had with all three of my kids. It's always so bittersweet as I long to all be together.

I, too, cherish the memories of past years when the girls were small. I cried when the little kids sang in church today...go figure.

I hope you felt honored and blessed by your two today.

carrie said...

Hope you've had a great day! What a monumental year for you. I can't even imagine.

MammyT said...

A lovely post Diana. I think you have expressed the hearts of all of us who are mothers. It's been a joy to me too, being a mother, and continues to be as my children become my friends.

Anonymous said...

Very well put! You will head into a new season of your life and it is hard but it is great:) I love my life and the friendship I have with all my kids now. Hope your day was Blessed:)

Mary@notbefore7 said...

What sweet sentiments.

It's a great reminder for me to cherish each stage as it comes.

I hope you enjoyed this mom's day with at least one baby at home.


Penless Thoughts said...

What a wonderful post Diana and I love your pic of the day!!! Happy Mother's Day my friend.

Cheffie-Mom said...

That is one of the most amazing quotes I have EVER heard! Thank you. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! Your latest post are amazing. Sorry I have not been blogging lately! I have been taping shows which I am excited about because I was able to post them on my blog YAY!! If you get a chance to check it out, then let me know what you think. The more feedback I get the better I can make the segments Also, your stories are great and my whole idea behind this show is for other moms to share real stories like you do. Anyway, I’d love to hear from you.