Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of my friends! I'm having such a wonderful Mother's Day. This little family of mine has treated me to special things and we're having a lovely time together. I feel very loved!


They brought me beautiful peach and white tulips. The stems are different lengths so I put them in a jug together, mixed up. I like the way there are two tiers of flowers this way. These are the field tulips from Trader Joe's that I waxing poetic about last week. I just love their wild look. This may the last gasp for tulips for the year, so I'm really savoring my pretty bouquet.


They made my traditional Mother's Day breakfast of an "everything" bagel with cream cheese, lox and sliced tomato. Lox is one of my favorite luxuries and they treat me to some every year on Mother's Day. I look forward to it every year. (Yes, my breakfast is on a paper plate; it's the thought that counts, of course).


As if tulips and my annual lox were not enough, I also received a wonderful present. To be fair, I actually purchased all of it myself, but I was given carte blanche to do so. Last year, my Mother's Day gift was Alicia Paulson's Winterwoods ABCs cross-stitch sampler kit. I made it this past winter and it's now framed and hanging in our dining room. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to make Alicia's Midsummer Sprigs ABCs sampler too. This one is not a kit, you buy the PDF and your own supplies. I did just that a few weeks ago, purchasing the 28-count Cashel linen from here and the embroidery floss from here (if you're local, you must visit this lovely little shop!). I treated myself to six skeins of Weeks hand-dyed floss and the rest is DMC; I love the Weeks floss so much but making the whole sampler with it would be too expensive for this crafter's budget. No matter, Alicia includes DMC floss suggestions in her pattern and they will work beautifully too. I chose to splurge on a few of the Weeks' flosses because they were just so perfectly shaded, especially in the brown and green families. I'm so excited to make this sampler! I think this one will go in the family room, on the wall above the couch where I already have a grouping of photos, art and other interesting bits. I'm thinking about a moderately ornate gilded frame too...

We've had a quiet day. There was breakfast and chicken-keeping tasks. There was a smidgen of yardwork (mostly consisting of watering and dead-heading my new annuals in the half-barrel on the back patio; they're doing great so far! I'll have to show you soon). There was a little more work on the courtyard gate too; it's coming along nicely and will be both more attractive and more secure when we're done. We walked down to the Bear's parents' house to give my mother-in-law some flowers and had a look at their backyard planting endeavors. We found a robin's egg shell on the sidewalk on the way home. Now we're staying indoors because it's incredibly windy, and therefore dusty, outside. Later, we're going to grill some steak, to be eaten with steamed artichokes for dinner.

I love being a mother. It's the best thing that ever happened to me. It's also the hardest thing I've ever done. I had an outlandishly difficult time bringing these two into the world - seriously, you might not believe the stories I could tell. It was almost a comedy of misfortunes. But it's just the way things fell for me. I think I was meant to just have the two, to pour all of myself into a small number of children and I try really hard. I'm far from perfect. I get tired and I yell sometimes and I wish they'd just give it a rest already, but I love every day with them. I'm proud of things I've accomplished as a mother, especially under certain difficult circumstances I faced. Of all the things I've been, or done, it's the one I worry about least, actually. I don't subscribe to any one parenting style or method, I try to listen to my instincts. It usually works. Not always, but often enough to feel like this whole thing is going okay. The good days outnumber the bad by a lot, anyway; I'd say ten to one.


Here's the first time we were all photographed together. The LB was shy about seeing me and not too sure at all about that tiny pink thing in my arms, but he kissed my arm to say hello when he came into the hospital room. I could hear him coming down the hall with the Bear's parents; he was three but had been a late talker and I could hear him shouting, "Baby! Baby! Baby!" as he approached my room. He was so excited to see her and the big moment had finally arrived.


And here we are this morning, me and my small Bears. They're big! Six and nine on their next birthdays, both in early fall. They ride bikes and build electric circuits and write and do math and help with the cooking and cleaning. They argue and they joke - they tell actual jokes now! They kiss me every day, sometimes still on my arms. There is joyous singing and constant movement. Sometimes I still can't believe that I produced actual people, capable of singing and movement, kissing and math. But I did, and I am so very glad.

44 comments:

  1. What a beautiful family you are, and what a beautiful post Jennifer. I do so love the happiness that your blog is. It sounds like you've had a lovely day, and it is very well deserved. I'll look forward to seeing your progress on the lovely sampler. I'm not making much progress on the Winterwoods sampler, I think I'll feel inspired again when the autumn is here and the candles are lit. For now I'm thinking about spring fabrics and light cotton sewing. Have a good week my friend. CJ xx

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  2. Happy Mother's Day, Jennifer! You are a wonderful mother! I absolutely love the photo of you holding newborn GB and LB kissing your arm... your look beautiful, and full of happiness. Your tulips are lovely. Enjoy your special day!

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  3. What a wonderful Mothers day post! You always show such joy when you post about your family - it's obvious how much you love them.
    I love the tulips - they are such cheery flowers.

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  4. Just perfect dear friend. Happy special Mummy's Day . Can you just tell me what Lox is? Your ohotos shine,shine,shine with happiness x

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  5. Hello my friend, Jennifer! You are one of the best mother's I know - and I'm glad you're having a grand and lovely day. I am too. Dayle is making me breakfast for lunch as I type. I went up to Vista House and had a table to tell people about Portland Women's Forum. That was fun, was just there over an hour and home again. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. What a lovely photo.I can feel the love.

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  7. I love the photos of you with your children :) The tulips are beautiful, it sounds like you had a great Mother's Day! I agree about lox too, it is so yummy on bagels, love it!!

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  8. Awe ~ yes I am in awe ... you really are so wonderful .
    The last two photos so dear.
    Happy Mothers Day to you Jennifer !

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  9. Just beautiful Jennifer ♥♥

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  10. Happy Mothers Day to you too. Your children are beautiful. xox

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  11. What a beautiful post, Jennifer, and Happy Mother's Day to you. You look so lovely in that new mother photo, which is priceless. Looking forward to seeing your sampler; the threads are an attractive range of colour, and the tulips are perfect!

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  12. I knew you would have a beautiful Mother's Day!! The tulips and special breakfast are a great way to start the day. Love the hospital photo of you and your kids. My daughter had to wait a whole week to see her little brother as he was in intensive care. It was a long wait, but she was thrilled to finally meet him. Your cross stitch sampler sounds like fun. I think I've seen the alphabet one around the web. I'm glad you had a wonderful day together :) Wendy x

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  13. Happy Mother's Day, Jennifer. I just love that your breakfast was delivered on a paper plate; it's so you don't have to wash up of course...they're just thinking of you (again!). And i love your sentiments on being a mother; I feel all that too, I think if we do our best, they'll turn out ok and I'm proud of them, and of us! I love your family photos. So sweet xxx

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  14. Ha! I feel the same way! Producing actually people is a great way to put it! A very happy Mother's Day to you friend! It is just the best thing ever and you do it so well! All of their sweet gifts are just fantastic! And I melted when I saw that picture with your little one in your arms! They just grow too fast! All the best in the week ahead Jennifer! Nicole xoxo

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  15. Happy Mother's Day Jennifer! You have a lovely family and I adore hearing that Mom's find mothering an important job. Yes. You are producing people. I'm looking forward to watching the progress on your sampler.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  16. My feelings exactly. I love the comfort and joy of our little family.
    xx Beca

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  17. Your joy in motherhood helps me cherish my mothering days as well, Jennifer. All my chicks checked in today, with deep and heartfelt messages of love and appreciation for the time we have known each other thus far as parent and child...precious, not perfect time, as a result of commitment even during challenge. Thanks for posting!

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  18. How lovely! That sounds like a great Mother's day. And being a mum is the best thing in my life as well. Hope the week keeps on being such good fun!

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  19. Dear friend, such a joyful post! I think I can share your feelings and thoughts like mother. maternity is a blessing, avery big one...Wish you and your wonderful kids endless moments of hapinness!
    Olympia

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  20. A very happy mothers day to you. There aint no better job in the world than being a mom x

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  21. Wonderful photos, moments to savour and remember. Being a Mum is the greatest job in the world, in fact its not a job its a privilege.

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  22. Such a lovely post. You're right, you can't beat being a mum. Enjoy your week. X

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  23. You look so happy Jennifer, and your little bears, too. Happy Mother's Day to you, you are a wonderful mum and I am glad that your family gives you so much happiness. Enjoy a wonderful week, my friend. x

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  24. Seems to be having a good time with your family. Enjoyed well in Mothers Day.!

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  25. Happy Mother's Day! Such a beautiful post and tribute to motherhood! You are doing a wonderful job....happy days!
    Helen xox

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  26. Belated Happy Mama's Day to you, Jennifer. Lovely little family you have there. Thank you for popping over to mine and having a look at one of my 'babies' getting married! Tempus Fugit indeed!x

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  27. Belated Happy Mother's Day, Jennifer, and thank-you for a lovely post. Being a mother is wonderful and you've expressed it so well. I love the two photos of you with your gorgeous Little Bears. You are lucky to have each other. :-)

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  28. I'm so pleased that you had a lovely Mother's Day, it sounds as though you were treated very well with a delicious breakfast, wonderful gifts and lots of love.

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  29. I'm glad that you had such a good day. xx

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  30. It sounds like the best Mother's Day ever, Jennifer! I loved this post so much - the joy you feel at being a mom comes shining through. :-)

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  31. You are so darling, I love every single word of this post and I love every single picture. You are indeed a wonderful Mother, and Motherhood is the hardest job there is that is for sure. I would like to say it gets easier but it doesn't it gets more complex.
    Happy Mother's Day a little late my friend,
    Meredith

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  32. What a beautiful post! Jennifer, you have a beautiful family. I love the photo of you holding your daughter and your son kissing your arm.-So precious. A beautiful moment to always cherish. :) So happy you enjoyed your day.

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  33. A very happy Mother's Day to you, too! Thank you for sharing this post, Jennifer, it was a joy to read, and I mirror your sentiments about being a mother. Big hugs to you and your gorgeous children! Chrissie x PS I can't wait to see your sampler, nice to see your pretty floss!

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  34. I'm glad that you enjoyed your Mother's Day Jennifer, your children are so cute what a lovely photo of you all together. :)

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  35. Happy Mother's Day, Jennifer! It sounds like you had a great day with your family. You are a great Mum and we see the evidence in how happy your lovely children are! Thank you for sharing your picture of GB as a newborn, such a special moment captured on camera! :)

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  36. That sounds a wonderful way to see Mother's Day, lovely pictures with your children too! Sarah x

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  37. Ah Jennifer,
    What a beautiful post. I just adore seeing your then and now photographs of you and you gorgeous little bears. It brought a tear to my eye. I'm so glad that you had a super Mother's Day. I feel inspired by people like yourself. You are an amazing mother. It just jumps off the page. And we all yell from time to time. That's all part of it, I think. I hope so anyway ;)
    Have a lovely week. And cheers for your comment on my post about FB. It was really interesting, and thought provoking too.
    Leanne xx

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  38. Happy Mother's Day to you! It sounds perfect. I think you sound like a wonderful mother. I love that photo of you holding the GB - the LB is so small! He's cute. x

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  39. What a beautiful Mother's Day post! I love the photo of the 3 of you in the hospital where your son is kissing your arm as you're holding your newborn daughter. So sweet.

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  40. Lovely post Jennifer. Your two little bears are truly blessed to have such a fabulous mother who loves them so very much. Children really are the most precious gift.
    Jill xxx

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  41. The picture of your son greeting you and his new little sister is priceless! They are both so beautiful, and despite the doubts you may have about your parenting style - I think it is perfect - look at the results! Those of us who second guess and question our own behavior are the ones who are the most aware that no one will ever have a totally flawless experience, but working towards it is all that matters - and the kids know and appreciate it!

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  42. A wonderful, heartfelt post about your role as a mother, Jennifer. Your baby bears are beautiful and I'm sure adore their mamma!

    Poppy

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  43. I love the photos of you with your children. Such a lovely post Jennifer.

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