Mother’s Day is right around the corner and last night I overheard Kenzer and Alfie conspiring on what they’re going to do for yours truly on Mother’s Day. I pretended I didn’t hear what they said. And the truth is, hearing to two of them “planning their attack” was gift enough.
It made me start to think about what life was like before Kenzer, and then her arrival, and these past almost 10 years as her Mama. Here I was at 34 weeks:
Quite honestly, it’s been the best 10 years of my life. I was destined to be the Mama to little Mackenzie Abigail. Here she is at 2 days old:
There’s some discrepancy over who created Mother’s Day. Some say Julia Ward Howe in 1872, other’s say Anna Jarvis is 1908. History states that Anna Jarvis was the one who began the campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday.
Whatever your school of thought may be, the fact remains that on May 9th, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation officially establishing the first national Mother’s Day holiday celebrating America’s mothers.
Even before this official proclamation, mother’s were honored by notable figures all throughout history:
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ~Washington Irving
“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother” ~Abraham Lincoln
When you hear a parent say that they had no idea they could love someone or something so immediately—they aren’t kidding. I truthfully had no idea what love was until they put that 9lb. 1oz. buddle of joy in my arms. Life changed for ever. And really- I needed Kenzer as much as she needed me.
Part of what drives me every day to be kind to my body and live an active healthy lifestyle is that I want to be around as long as humanly possible for her. It’s my calling.
So as we gear up to celebrate our Mom’s, I thought it would be fun to look back over my years as Kenzer’s Mama:
She’s gonna LOOOOVE me for this one. She liked to “read” her favorite book – Jemima Puddle Duck while on the potty. lol
At one point in time she even liked to play with worms while we were fishing. I think she did that more than she actually fished:
She was (still is!) smart beyond her years. Even at a young age she knew how awesome her mom was, and broadcast it to the world via tank top. Not only that, but knew the health benefits of bananas. ;-P
Wave riding at the beach with Papa was one of her favorite past times:
Even as she got older, she still wasn’t afraid to get dirty and show us her ‘guns’:
You could say we’re a tad kooky:
And goodness she’s grown up quickly! First day of 4th grade:
Before you know it, she’s playing a song on her saxophone that she used ask me to play over and over in her Little Einstein’s video. We wore that DVD out!
All in all, I am so incredibly proud of how she’s turned and is turning out. I can’t thank God enough for choosing ME to be Kenzer’s mommy. Words can’t express how blessed I feel every day.
Happy (early) Mother’s Day!