I have hesitated to write about my Mother’s Day, because I read several blogs about how sad/bad others’ days were. I had a wonderful Mother’s Day, and I am so grateful for my family, my church, and my Lord – I feel I must share my day!
Mother’s Day began much like any Sunday – early! I was so tired since Dannye, Emily, Arulai, and I went out Saturday night shopping. Dan treated me to supper, and had earlier made me the most gorgeous corsage to wear to church!
This is a tradition in our family – when I was a little girl, the entire family wore corsages/boutineres on Mother’s Day. The tradition was that if your mother was deceased, you wore white flowers. If she was still living, you wore red or pink flowers. We most always wore carnations, but Dannye made my corsage out of roses this year. She also made one for my Mom, Gen, Aunt K, and Emily. They were so lovely!
Well, anyway, I got up early to get ready for Sunday School, and as I was leaving the bathroom from my shower, Bill told me I got a text message. On my phone was a picture of one of the teacup planters I had longed for (like the ones I bought for our moms that we took Ruly’s photos in). When I went to Walmart to buy myself one, they were all GONE!!! So seeing this one on my phone, I was thinking, “Who got one of those planters that I DON’T GET!?!” There was no text with the photo, so Bill told me to just go get dressed.
I walked into the bedroom, and there on my bed is that planter filled with gardenia blossoms and a card from my sweet husband!!! I couldn’t figure out how he was able to get the planter when Walmart was out of them! But he had gone in early one day for work and bought me one! I was so blessed, so excited to get one, I just started crying! Dan says from the other room “Mom, we don’t have time for that!” She was right, so I got a grip and got ready for church.
Church was another blessing! Several groups of siblings gave affirmations to their mothers, which was so sweet. Tara and Kelly sang “You Were There” by Ron and Shelley Hamilton. It is about the Mother who is there for her children, and my favorite line was “You were there to tell me of Jesus, before I understood…” It reminded me of my own Mama, who spent our lives telling us of Jesus – even before we could understand! Again, the tears flowed, but they were definitely tears of blessing!
Pastor preached from Proverbs 31, but took a little different tack. Rather than encouraging us to be more like the Proverbs 31 woman, he used verse 28, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” He then went to 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” He told the children that a close walk with the Lord is how we rise up and bless our Mothers (and Dads)! The Lord just poured this truth into my heart – I AM BLESSED, BECAUSE ALL 3 OF MY CHILDREN WALK WITH GOD!!! I feel blessed anyway, just to know these three children of mine. But I’m telling you, joy filled me up to overflowing for the remainder of the day! Oh, my God is good!
We were to go to Bill’s folks’ house after lunch, so we planned to go to lunch with Nathanael (who had to work Sunday morning) and Emily, then all head out to Memaw’s. Well, poor Emily locked her keys in her car! She had never done that before; they weren’t in the ignition, but in her purse. She had decided to just bring in the diaper bag, without thinking about the keys.
It was hilarious to watch the men try to get that car open!
But it did take about an hour, Bill and I just drove through Jack in the Box and went on to Memaw’s. Dannye went with Nathanael and family to lunch, then joined us afterward.
I realized that we only brought half of Memaw’s gift, which made me so sad; but she loved the photo of Arulai in the teacup.
We all wore aqua for church, and Nathanael bought Ruly a new dress. She was adorable!
Memaw could not get over what a sweetie Arulai is. She really wins everyone’s heart!
We also got to visit with Curtis and Brenda, and Mandy’s family.
Mandy’s youngest, Emmalee
Of course, Bill, Nathanael and Emily got a tour of the 40 Ford pickup project from Uncle Curtis. He plans and fabricates just about anything!
Then I got a surprise phone call from my future son-in-law, Will, to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day. We just had the best day!
My greatest ambition in life was to be a mother. I never wanted a career, never cared if I was rich, famous, or anything else. I just wanted to have babies, lots of them, and love them, teach them about Jesus, and raise them to love Him. I even went to college for an Education Degree in case no one wanted to marry me!
Then God sent Bill Petty into my life, and ALL my dreams came true! I have a precious husband, three Godly children (four if I may presume to include Emily as mine!), and an amazing granddaughter! In about a year, the Lord will add another Godly young man to our family. My cup truly overflows with the blessings of God!
May God indeed bless your day!