Today is Mother’s Day and I am so excited to do nothing but relax and soak up the awesomeness of my family. Right now I am lounging in bed with my laptop and a cup of coffee, with the window open, a soft breeze blowing in. Miles is sitting at my desk staring at the computer watching a Fred movie. Is there any sound on earth more annoying than the sound of Fred’s voice? I don’t think so. But today I could care less.
Already I’ve gotten my present from Miles. He gave it to me as soon as he woke up. It’s a necklace made out of a domino with a picture of a cat decoupaged on top, and it’s the cutest thing ever. Nadine has been secretly scheming with her dad all week about my present, and on Friday she said “If a package arrives on the doorstep DO NOT LOOK AT IT!” The package has arrived – we’ll see if she can keep it a surprise. So far so good.
What I’m most excited about today is that I don’t need to think about a thing. For the past week I have been running on adrenaline, organizing an Art Walk Pop Up sale that took place at my space on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The Art Walk was amazing – we totally lucked out on the weather and tons of people showed up (more to come on that) but I have to admit, I’m really glad it’s over. After cleaning everything up and having dinner Saturday night, I passed out on the couch at around 8:30 pm while the rest of the family watched Robin Hood. My house is a complete wreck but I don’t care and I don’t plan to do a thing about it. Today is about spending time with the people I love most, calling my mom, and not trying to get anything done.
I’ve been a mom for almost eleven years now, and it’s hard to remember what it was like pre-kids, when there were only two of us living in this house, our dog Sadie was our baby, and time didn’t pass at warp speed. Adopting Nadine made me a mom, and fulfilled my dream of having kids. As soon as they put her into my arms, everything changed.
Todd and I struggled with having kids for years, but we never lost faith that it would happen some day, some how. All my life I imagined I’d become a mom, but I never imagined it would happen by adopting a baby from China. But that’s the way life usually works, isn’t it? You don’t just decide how things are going to happen and then they happen exactly that way. There is always an element of fate thrown in there, and fate usually has it’s own plans for you. But if you stay on the path, and never throw in the towel, you will get to where you are supposed to be. Keep the faith and you’ll get what you want and more than you ever imagined. That is why Nadine, and Miles, are my little miracle babies. They both gave me exactly what I wanted in the most unexpected of ways, and now I can’t imagine my life any other way.
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
- Steve Jobs
Right now there is a lot of activity happening in the kitchen – Nadine, Miles, Todd, and Victor (our surrogate son/first cousin once removed) are all cooking up something for Mother’s Day breakfast and I love it! What could it be? I don’t care. I am just so thankful that I have a team of people happily working on making this day special for me. What could be better than that? What’s better than being appreciated?
P. S. Right after writing this post on Sunday morning our internet went down, and has been down for two and a half days. Horrors! But having it down on Mother’s Day I think was a bit of a gift.