|March 2011...at David's 40th birthday skate-a-thon! So glad Jack got to be "there". And that his mom was rocking that hat so much. haha|
|this face says it all.|
What I'd give to see your smile.
|This was last year's Memorial Day event...Can you spot the sweet little incognito boy? these pics are sadly out of order, even though I downloaded them IN ORDER, blogger! David is jumping in here...|
|I don't look too nervous here but I look swollen with heat. This was after the 500 Parade. WHAT were we doing, Beck?|
|Mem Day Mel Party...Jack is in the black/white polka dotted bathing suit top...getting ready to dish up cake and ice cream...|
|and um, again, 500 Parade revelers...Tom is behind the shutter. In fact, all of these pix are by him! You da man, Tom.|
|Beck and I were competing to see who could open their mouths wider, and allowing Tom to snap a pic of it. I'm really proud of this picture. I think David is too! I really hope that Jack enjoyed that cake. Apparently, I did.|
Happy Memorial Day, folks!
I am, again, feeling very nostalgic tonight.
This day last year, we'd attended our first (and probably last) 500 Festival Parade. It was flippin' hot! I was at the beginning of my ninth month of a pregnancy that would end sadly. Can I get an amen here, folks? I have so much to look forward to. One of my beautiful children is being well cared for with Jesus Christ.
Who knows what his life would've been like. We've all seen the neglected kids...maybe we've been them, I dunno...would I have forsaken my parenting in my older age, causing Jack to be a heathen rebel, going against everything David and I believe in? A kid who disregarded me, David or worse, Jesus Christ? Rejecting?
I will probably never know. I know I see the differences in my first three from Levi and Molly. How lax I've become...How much they get away with that Will, Ethan or Melanie would've never gotten away with...
My commitment is renewed to being the best parent I can be, for these kids are my gifts...my full time job and if I fail at this, I have failed at life.
I will end with this....
When I was a little girl, all I wanted to be was a momma. My mom made it all look easy and she did it well. I mothered my Bethy doll with vigor. When anyone, mostly family, would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd reply "a mommy!!"
And they'd follow up with, "No, your real job, or what do you reallllllly wanna be???"
I'd say..."A MOMMY! Is that so wrong?"
Girls, take your jobs seriously. So many examples, sadly, remind me daily that this mothering job is NOT for the faint of heart, weak spirited, friends of the kid-kinda person. These kids don't need another FRIEND, they need a MOMMA!
Much love to you tonight...
(In re-reading this post, it's true...I'm still a scatterbrained ninny muggins.)