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Monday, May 23, 2011

One Thousand Gifts . . .

It was my first Mother's Day.  1989.  Married less than a year with my stomach swollen around the growing love inside me. 

Months before I had been sick, trouble holding even water down.  With headaches that made me tug at my hair to ease the pain.  He would leave mornings for work with me in the bathroom and he would come home evenings with me still on the floor of the bathroom, curled up in its corner of that first apartment of ours.

But she fluttered and moved and I surrendered to a love like no other.

And on that first Mother's Day he brought me a camera.  I remember the kiss.

There have been flowers and cards and food and little teabags in envelopes and gifts and breakfast in bed and a t-shirt with my first baby's handprints and hugs and kisses.

And three other surrenders.

And this year there was this.


A chocolate cake with fudge filling and buttercream icing.  Made by you know who, with the fondant  painted by Izzy.  Real flowers on top - my favorite, tulips - in my favorite color.

Two handmade cards worth Hallmark's stock and more.

I know my children well.  And right back at me they know me equally well. 

They know what satisfies not only my sweet tooth - but my heart as well.


My gratitude list continues . . .

a day to celebrate mothers

tulips

handprints

singing prayers

rechargeable flashlights

"dadde, today I was a genpleman when I open door for Mommy"

planning with friends

kids laughing in the pool

a friend's tea

a sister's visit

banners

opaque projectors

the cool side of the pillow

my mama

"roses on my shoulder, slippers on my feet . . ."

My list, #'s 650-665.

5 comments:

Greg and Donna said...

Dearest friend...recount! You listed more than 5. Laughter, hugs, sweet tea, and pool splashes among my happiest blessings today! And I love the "cool side of the pillow"! Your cake is gorgeous and I know it tasted just as good as it looks!

Rie said...

oops! I've been trying to tell y'all about math and me . . .

Jennifer said...

I'm with Donna ... you gotta love the "cool side of the pillow" and since I haven't typed one of these lists on my own blog in a while, let me add one here ... a friend who spends his Monday night replacing some part on my van so that I don't have to spend the summer sweating!

Craig said...

I didn't come by from Ann's today – just swung by to read your words – and funny – I found a thank you list anyway. Good. I heart your thank you lists. How time changes things, how your blessings have been multiplied, it made me smile – it had to make you glow. Today as I looked through your list – I hearted so many – but the one I heart the most is – kids laughing in the pool. Not so much because of what it does to me – but the joy that I know it must've brought to you – and brings to you. Second place in honor of my mom – this one – mama. God bless you and each and every one of yours Rie.

Craig said...

Rie, I know I've already commented on this post – I'm just here to let you know that I've been by – and I'm just kind of waiting for more of your words. I heart your words. I'll be back to read some more later – hope all is well – I hope the lack of posts just means summer, and fun, and busyness. God bless you Rie, and God bless all of yours.

Drawing of me losing my cool courtesy of budding artist, Izzy.


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