(My two youngest children, Levi and Grace)I am a mom.
That is it.
I do not have another job or any outstanding skills. No one says: "This is Mendy. She's a wonderful cook (or writer or volunteer or nurse or accountant, or hair dresser)" They say "This is Mendy - she has 6 kids!"
I was a bright child with a limitless future. I really could have been anything I wanted to be. When I married my husband, I was a college sophomore on full scholarship studying to be a mathematician. But all I really wanted to be was a MOM.
So I became one. Not a great mom, but an adequate and prolific one! I've homeschooled all 6 of my children from kindergarten. Two of my offspring are married and have jobs. One even gave me a grandson!
My Grandson, Julien, spent Mother's day with his MiMi!
Another son graduated from college on Friday and has already been employed in his chosen career for 2 years. I have one daughter with a few months left of high school work and - of course - the 6 and 7 year olds.
Son #2 - college graduate!
Husband, Son # 2, Son #3, Son #1 and Adorable Grandson!
Daughter #2, Son #2, Daughter #3 and Daughter-in-law
That is why Mother's Day - as contrived a holiday as it is - is very important to me. It is the only day of the year where I feel like I really have done something worthwhile with my life. The one day where I stand in amazement of all that I have accomplished.
Daughter #1 cooking Mother's Day dinner for me at her very first house with her new husband.
But not today. On this day, I look at the six awesome people that would never have existed without ME and I feel a sense of accomplishment. And thankfulness. Thankfulness that God has always been there to fill in the gaps that I have left. To pick up the slack when I was too lazy or forgetful or tired.
Truth is, I was never called to be perfect. I was called to be a mom.
And TODAY IS MY DAY!
(Updated to add that just now - at 10:55 pm on Mother's Day - I found out that my Son and Daughter-in-law are expecting a second child! Perfect end to an awesome day!)
Happy Mother's Day to all you beautiful moms!
May you run happy today!