A Winner and Mother’s Day Recap

OK first thing, the winner for the Mom Connection book giveaway is Jennifer Norman. Please send me your contact info so I can send you the book.

Also for those of you who didn’t win this time, stay tuned because I will be having another giveaway later on this month.

So, how was your weekend? Mine was great. Last week my husband announced that we could do whatever I wanted for Mother’s Day. Now at first, that might sound like an amazing offer and really it is. But then I started getting stressed out, what DID I want to do? Did I want to spend the day with the family maybe go out and have a nice lunch or dinner or go to the park or. . . The possibilities were endless OR would I prefer to just have some ever precious ALONE time?

I felt like I “should” spend the day with my family because it was after all “mother’s day” right. But what I really wanted to do was nothing, as in no cooking or cleaning or playing referee in any sibling battles, I just wanted peace and quiet. There goes that “guilt” trying to creep in again.

So I did what anyone is my situation would do. OK, well maybe you wouldn’t but it’s what I do when I don’t have the answers. I asked my husband what he would do if it were his day. He said without hesitating, “I’d play a round of golf, make my dinner requests and then hang out with the family later.” Just like that, no guilt or anything. The man is a genius.

Well because I have the most amazing husband EVER. I was able to get a head start on Mother’s Day and headed over to my girlfriend’s house on Saturday night. It was lovely to be free for a couple of hours, enjoy a glass of wine and brownies and just have some girl talk. Then on Sunday we went to church and afterward stopped over at my mom’s for a visit.

In the afternoon, my two older boys treated me to a movie. When your 12 and 15 year old boys still want to go out with you and even offer to treat, you go, you just do. We went to watch the Avengers and it was really fun. When we got back the hubs made a great dinner. I really didn’t have to do anything. And the best gift was that everyone was in a great mood, kids were playing and laughing, the screams were minimal and I finished off the day lying on the couch with my sweetheart watching our shows and we were only briefly interrupted when the boys “forced” us to come in and watch some funny SNL skits with them.

Honestly, I’m sure I’ve done many things wrong as a mom, I’m sure I will do many more. I yell, I lose my patience; I always seem to be in a rush. I’m grumpy sometimes; I spend way too much time on the computer and/or phone. And yet, they love me. The little one looks at me like there’s nothing better in the world, the girl (my mini me) actually wants to be just like me (if it were up to her we’d wear matching outfits everyday), middle son wants me to drop everything I’m doing to watch The Office reruns with him or just sit with him while he watches Sports Center, and oldest son still comes to me for advice and hugs. Sometimes this whole being a “mom” thing is discouraging, hard, frustrating. But on days like this Mother’s Day, I’m just soaking it all in and enjoying that fact that they love me, enjoy my company and sometimes, they all even LIKE me too! I am blessed.

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  1. I love hearing about your process for deciding what to do with your time on mother’s day. It’s true, guys don’t hesitate as much as we do sometimes. This is the year for us to let go of the guilt, and just enjoy the ride. 🙂 Megan

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