Sunday, May 8, 2011

Does it get better than this?

I am grateful to be a mother of four little boys who make me happier than I think they know.

I woke up this morning to a bleary-eyed Kaden who had gotten up early and fixed me breakfast in bed...a fried egg on wheat toast with orange juice (it was delicious.) And on the tray was a magnet with his cute face, a bookmark, and a card.

A little later, as I was getting ready for the day, Kenyon came in with a big glass of pina colada he'd made especially for me, and he gave me a big hug. (I don't always get hugs from my 14 year old, so it meant more than anything.)

Kyler gave me his gift of another bookmark (it's a good thing I love to read!) and a fill-in-the-blank paper he'd completed at school that made me laugh with joy. According to Kyler's paper, I am 26 years old, I weigh 90 lbs :), I love cleaning, and I play with him a lot on the trampoline (note to self: do that more!)

Kolby made me a clay flower pot with little plastic flowers - yellow because he knows that's my favorite color - and a note that brought tears to my eyes:

"My mother has a green thumb, 
she loves each flower and tree. 
But she says her most important job 
is to grow a beautiful me!"

And my honey even spoiled me with flowers for the yard and a delicious Sunday dinner, which he cooks for us every Sunday, but still, it was wonderful. Love you, dear!

Okay, does Mother's Day ever get any better than this? I doubt it.

And speaking of things that don't get any better, we paid visits to two of the greatest women in the world tonight.

Kathy, thank you for raising a son who is such a good father and husband, and thank you for being my mother too. You've been through so much this year and you've been so strong. The thought of losing a son is beyond my comprehension. You are an example to me of constancy, love, endurance, and kindness. I love you.

And Mom, how can I say thank you for being my mom? I honestly don't know. Perhaps I should have made a bookmark or a clay pot, because those things sure made me feel loved today. But I guess that's the thing about Mother's Day. It's impossible to repay or properly thank a woman who gives life, direction, encouragement, love, and guidance. I guess all I can do is try to emulate who you are and be at least half as good at being a mother as you. I love you so much!

Happy Mother's Day!


Karen Pedersen said...

What a beautiful post, Kim! I loved reading it, hearing your voice in it, and seeing your beautiful photos of your family.

Kari said...

You have such handsome boys! I can't believe how big your family is getting! How is it that you have a 14-year-old?
Happy Mother's Day!

Annette said...

What a beautiful family! You don't look a day over 26, amazing that you have a 14 year old!! Sounds like it was a wonderful day. So blessed!