I remember Mother's Day of 2008. I had thought at the first of that year that I was going to be a mother. I was sad when the day came around and I was no longer pregnant. I know the day should be about honoring our mothers, but I wanted so badly that year to be a mother, or atleast have a baby on the way. But He had different plans. I often wonder where we would be today had we not lost the baby. It just wasn't in God's plan that year. It is something I will never forget, but I know I am truly more grateful for Hadlea because of the loss. I am more proud to be a mother today than I would have been before. I am more thankful for God giving me the chance to be a mother than I would have been before. I prayed often after Mother's Day 2008 that by 2009, I would be a mother. And He answered our prayers. We told our parents around Mother's Day last year that we were expecting. We didn't get a chance to do any big surprises because I was sick, but that is fine. The only thing that mattered is we were expecting and getting to tell our families! And Mother's Day 2010 was so bittersweet! I was able to be with my sweet baby girl. The one we had prayed for. The one that God gave us. And like so many had told me...it may not have been in our timing, but when it happened, it was His perfect timing...and those words could not be more true! I would definitely wait another 2 years if I knew I would be holding the same sweet baby girl each Mother's Day here on out...
My first Mother's Day was special and oh so perfect! For me, it started on Thursday. My mom came over to stay the weekend so she watched Hadlea while Justin took me shopping. He told me I was going to buy something I had wanted for quite some time. I am not really a watch person, but when this watch came out, I knew I wanted it! I had an idea that I was going to buy a watch, but I didn't know he was going to buy me this one! I am 'in love' with it! Meet my new little friend by Michael Kors...
We were not gone long on Thursday as we got home to see baby girl before bedtime! She loves her daddy time!
On Friday, I worked and grammie kept H. My grandparents(mom's parents) were coming in to town for the weekend as well. They had not seen Hadlea since she was baptized! I am sure they were amazed at how much she had grown! She loved her Gigi, which made Gigi's day! She was iffy with Grandad! :) But I think her jury is still out with guys! Ha! She is just not sure what to think about any guy besides her daddy!
getting swing time with grammie and grandad!
and more swing time with gigi and grandad!
like I said...she loved her gigi!
She would even reach for her, which she doesn't do too much for others.
Saturday morning we got up and had donuts. Hadlea was liking Grandad that morning!
Saturday, we took Gigi shopping. Justin was working so Grandad stayed at the house and waited for Justin to get off of work. He ended up working later than he was supposed to so we headed back to the house to get Grandad. We went and grabbed lunch and then headed to Alan's to see his house. He is redoing his backyard and it is amazing! I cannot wait for Hadlea to swim at Alan's this summer!
Saturday evening, Aunt Amanda and Uncle Alan came over to cookout. Of course, everyone was passing H around! (We missed my dad and little brother, Jake, but they were working on the farm!)
and if you or someone else is holding baby H...you or someone else is holding baby B! :)
On Sunday, we went to church. My very first Mother's Day at church with 'my' baby! It was the greatest day! And here we are before church...
family of 3
It was the perfect Mother's Day Weekend for me! I couldn't ask for a better husband, daughter or family! Everyone made me feel so special. And I hope we do the same for our mother's. I truly believe that I am the person I am today because of my parents. And Justin is the man he is today because of his mother. I am proud of my family and proud to be a part of Justin's family. Life doesn't get much better than a loving family!
"The most important things in life, aren't things!" so true...
Happy Mother's Day, Grammie.You are one of the greatest people I have ever met. I know you tell me I have the patience of Jude and the biggest heart, but I was taught those things from the beginning. You have a big heart and would help anyone that needed it. You have proven that time and time again. I am so proud to call you my mother. I just hope that I am half the mother to Hadlea that you have been to Alan, Jake and I.
We love you!
You are one of the sweet, kindest people I have ever met. Thank you for accepting me into your family. You all have accepted me since day one, and I can never thank you enough. You have raised an amazing son that I love more than you will ever know. I am so proud to me a part of your family.
We love you!