Mother’s Day Wish List

In case you haven’t realized it by the calendar, the sappy commercials or the stores filled with cards, Sunday is Mother’s Day.  Seriously, if this is your first clue, run.  Run now!  Go find something that will make your mom, or the mother of your children, know how special she is.  Need suggestions?

Here is my Mother’s Day wish list:

*  A child who does what I say WHEN I SAY IT.  Yes, my nine year old will eventually, on his own time frame, do what I asked.  But there will likely be a stop at the TV, a drink to get, or some other thing that slows him down.  This child is slow like molasses.  If you can find the magic elixir for that, my husband will need to buy gallons for me for Mother’s Day.

*  An extra day of the week for a regular beach day- sometimes alone.  The thing is, we fill up almost every moment with something.  I refuse to skip baseball games or leave my kids very often when it’s not for work.  But if I had that one extra day….

*  A big fancy vacation.  Yeah, that’s not happening.  Though we are escaping for a one night stay somewhere local for our anniversary Sunday night.  I’ll take it.

*  1000 hugs and kisses from my monsters.  Some of which I don’t even have to hold them down for.

*  A pedicure.  (Hmm, I may be able to make this one happen….)

My Mom and Jester, as seen in the Florida Times-Union

*  Time to say ‘thanks’ to the greatest mom I know, mine.

To all the moms who inspire me.  To all the moms who love on my kids.  To all the moms who’ve raised theirs and give me advice.  To my friends who are moms to be.  Wishing you a day of remembering that you’re amazing.

XOXO  Anita


Tribute for a Mom

This Mother’s Day I’ll be eating breakfast my guys cook and wearing a fancy hat to church. This Mother’s Day my mom will eat in a camper and test her search skills.This Mother’s Day I’ll have sweet hugs from my sons. This Mother’s Day my mom won’t have her son here to hug, so she’ll work towards a certification for leading searches. This Mother’s Day I’d like a jewelry box. This Mother’s Day, my mom wants the gift of being able to help bring someone’s child home.

Since Austin isn’t here to say ‘I love you’ or ‘thanks’ I’d like to say it for him. Thank you for being willing to sacrifice so much for him, for me and for others. Thank you for loving us always, teaching us about life, pushing us when needed, supporting us no matter, teaching us the value of hard work and to never give up.

Austin talked to you when no one else, knowing you would comfort but always help also. He respected you and loved you. If here, he would say thanks in a simple and quick way, but would mean it deeply.

Though I have my own methods, I hope and pray that my boys grow to know what Austin and I always knew- that they are loved by us and by God, and can never stray so far to be out of our love. Thank you.

Mom with Monica Caison, being presented with a CUE Keeper of the Flame Award, 2011

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