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Mother's Day is pretty predictable here at the Beechy house. Every year, kids hide behind bedroom doors, giggling (or arguing) while they make homemade Mother's Day cards. They sneak away to hide their cards, leaving behind glue bottles, paper scraps and scissors, quite pleased with themselves for being so sneaky.
Usually there is a hanging basket hiding in the garage. On Sunday morning, five grinning faces present me with homemade, misspelled cards and aforementioned hanging basket, so sure of themselves that they've really surprised Mom this time! Of course I act surprised with enough dramatic flair as to be nominated for the next Academy Awards Ceremony. And what a joy it is to thrill them with my surprise and delight over their precious gifts of love. How wonderful it is to be so loved and appreciated by those you hold so dear!
Any yet, sometimes, despite these sweet offerings of love, I find myself feeling a tad bit sorry for myself on Mother's Day. This is so easy for me to do when I compare my circumstances with others, instead of focusing on the amazing blessings God has given me.
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Maybe there is that one friend whose husband makes her breakfast-in-bed every Mother's Day and I think, "Why can't my husband ever be romantic like that?" Maybe there is a family that treats mom to a nice dinner out on Mother's Day and, instead, I have to come home and prepare lunch just like every. other. day. It's tempting to grumble inside and think, "Why can't we ever afford to eat at nice restaurants?"
Ladies, do any of you ever feel under-appreciated or disappointed on Mother's Day? I am ashamed to admit that sometimes I do.
That's why this year, I've decided to turn the tables for Mother's Day!
A few weeks ago, I was searching for a recipe on She Looketh Well. (If you haven't tried Michelle'sLeftover Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars, you must!) As I was searching, I came across a post in which she wrote about surprising her children with homemade cards, telling them how thankful she was to have the privilege of being their mother. She also prepared a special breakfast and decorated the table at night after her kids had gone to bed. Isn't that an amazing idea?
You can read Michelle's post HERE.
She wrote, "The Lord put in my heart the idea of serving my family in a huge way instead of being served that day." Ladies. How awesome is that? Talk about turning the tables on Mother's Day! This idea is a sure guarantee to have a Mother's Day free from expectation and self-pity. When we serve others, our focus is on their pleasure and needs, not on our own. I am so excited to surprise my family with a different kind of Mother's Day this year. Would you like to join me?
I plan to surprise my children with homemade cards. I am going to take some time over the next few weeks and really think about what I want to say to each one. My children's ages are widespread (3-16), so they are all in very different stages of growing up. I want to impart a special message to each one about what an extreme privilege it is to be their mother! Like Michelle, I plan to prepare something a little extra special for breakfast that morning and set out my cards for my children to find.
I know my family will blessed to know just how much I love them and what a special priviledge it is to be their mother. (and wife) I pray that you will be blessed this Mother's Day and every day and that we would "not grow weary in doing good".
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