Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

We had dinner at Pei Wei's - it's owned by PF Chang's, and is the same food, but more of a "fast food" type environment...and cheaper. Totally delicious..and of course the boys loved the chopsticks!! Notice Callie posing?!
Mom opening her present from the four sisters...
We had a book made with all our pictures from our Williamsburg trip back in February. It turned out SO great! Took lots of colaboration and cooperation, but we were so excited to see the finished product, and Mom was so excited. The book turned out so great that all four sisters got a smaller copy of it too to remember the weekend!

Seriously - how many shoes can my family possibly bring? Actually, Mom bought the kids Crocs, so that added to the pile, but this was hilarious! Sorry mom!
How blessed I am to get to be the mother to these sweet children!
Callie LOVED playing Tutu's piano with her!

What a wonderful weekend we had with my Mom. I was so thankful to be able to spend Mother's Day with her. My kids have an incredible relationship with her, and I am so grateful for the bond that she has with each of them. She is such a tremendously encouraging mom to me, and I strive to emulate some of that for my own kids. Thanks for having us for the weekend, Mom!
We got home safe and sound last night a little before midnight. The weather was terrible driving home - it was a monsoon! - but we were safe, and the kids slept so it worked out. I always love the drive home because the kids are all totally out and I have 3 hours of quiet to catch up with all of my sisters on the phone while I drive! It was great to see David when we got home, and he showed me all the things that he was busy doing while we were gone. He finished several projects that we've had laying around for quite a while - painting doors and trimwork in the hallway, building a shelf for our new entertainment center, staining the cabinet we replaced over the microwave, fixing the doorbell, replacing the hardware on our fence - he was a busy boy!! It was a great Mother's Day present for me!
Mothering is a hard job - the hardest one I've ever done. I know that I fall short so many times. It's exhausting some days to have 3 small children at home with me all day every day. I know that there are things I wished I had done better. But I do my best and I want more than anything else for my kids to know that I love the Lord, that I love their dad, and that I love them wholeheartedly. I don't care if they know other moms that keep a cleaner house, or that has made a better scrapbook than me, or can decorate a house like a catalog. I just them to grow up to love and serve the Lord with their whole hearts, and to know just how much they are loved.


anthonyandbeth said...

katy, you are such a wonderful mom! i know your kids feel so loved and always will!!! there are so many ways you encourage me as i watch you being a mom. there are so many things i see in you as a mother that i want to see in myself as i mother my children. you're family is SO blessed to have you!!! i know your mom enjoyed every minute of your visit and the book looks like it was very well recieved!! can't wait to see your copy! :)

Mandy said...

That book looks very elaborate! I'd love to see your copy. Great pictures of the kiddos and they're gonna love their crocs:) Jake and Sadie have some (funny, bought by their Grammy:) and they love them! I have never heard of the Pei Wei's...very cool...wish we'd get one here because we LOVE PF Changs:)

Heather J said...

Glad y'all had a wonderful weekend and I know your Mom must have LOVED having y'all there. David was such a good hubby doing all the 'honey-do' items! You are such a great mom and you challenge me to be a better mom too!

Judy said...

I love the picture of your mom opening the book! Priceless! Did you make the book on Shutterfly?? Just wondering. I always make a Christmas book on their site instead of printing out all of my pictures. Then it's done!
I'm glad you were able to spend the day with your mom. It looks like you were able to make some great memories.
Mothering is by far the hardest job I've ever done too. Give me a classroom full of fifth graders anyday...a two year old is much harder to deal with. You're a great mom and an inspiration to us all! This blog is such a witness of your love for Jesus, David, Josiah, Jacob and Callie!
BTW - that Callie is turning into such a little girl, waving and posing for the camera. So cute!

Jen said...

That book is so cool - what a great idea. Looks like a perfect Mother's Day weekend, and what a present to come home to finished chores! You're right, this is the hardest job any of us will ever do, but the rewards are so worth it! All we can do is do our best and at the end of each day know we poured our heart into those little ones!

the mccollums... said...

Great post!!! The book looks amazing...I did books and my wedding album through MyPublisher...I love that site...they are great gifts!

That was so sweet of David to do so many tasks and projects...perfect for Mother's day!!

You are a hero and inspiration in the field of Mothering...I am learning many great things via your blog for my time (a few years away). You are blessed!

Heidi said...

Glad you are back safe and sound and had such a great trip!! Callie is looking so big. I love the one of her by the piano and the one of the three of them.

Natalie said...

Glad you had a great time. And BTW, you are an amazing mom!!