I wanted to write some deep, well thought out post on being a Mom for Mother’s Day but over and over I’ve been drawing a blank. I just keep coming back to the idea of being grateful. I am just so grateful to be a Mom. What a blessing it has been to my life. It has stretched me in ways that have been joyous and painful all at the same time. I feel like Motherhood really brings out your true self. I wish I could say that it was always my best self, but it prunes you. It brings to light the areas you struggle with (hello patience!) and forces you to work it out. To get better. To take that deep breath and fight to be a better example for your children. It is the toughest, hardest, most rewarding job I have ever had and for that I am grateful.
I also want to say a big huge THANK YOU to all you wonderful Mom’s out there (and non Moms too!). Your comments, tweets, emails, etc.. throughout the year always mean the world to me. I am honored to be walking this road with you all. You daily inspire and encourage me to be a better Mama.
Our Mother’s Day was spent all together as a family going to church, out to lunch, and a wonderful walk through a sculpture garden/Museum. So happy to spend it with my own Mom, Kev, Rowan and Finley…
p.s. Although spray sunscreen is God’s gift to Mom’s, it is quite greasy. Add that to a 95 degree day and Rowan’s hair takes on a life of it’s own. I could not stop laughing about her crazy do in these pictures.
and my skirt is from the LOFT
All of these photos are beautiful, but especially that last one! Happy Mother’s Day, Jen!
Well, if having your mother around is best. Being a mother is the best thing that has happened in my life I get excited just thinking they’re the best. And if there are days you can not stand anything but look and say we are worth. Kisses and happy Tuesday.
Gorgeous photos Jen! Looks like you enjoyed a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend and deservedly so! Beautiful family you have 🙂
what a lovely mother’s day 🙂
Ah, the Albin Polasek! It’s a beautiful place. I live in Orlando and keep meaning to revisit since it’s been forever since I last went. I’m glad you guys are exploring some of our little art and culture community. Also, Mother’s Day was hot as all get out here and it made my hair crazy like Rowan’s, too. Haha!
Happy mother’s day, Jen! I’m not a mom, but you seem like an excellent one. I love reading about your family here. 🙂
aw happy Mother’s Day Jen!! It looks like you had a special day! Rowan and her hair is the cutest thing ever 🙂
Lovely pictures, and a very happy moms day to you Jen!
Funny, the first thing I thought when I saw Rowan was how her hair looks a lot like Levi’s (every day! :)) Good thing I don’t have a girl, I think she’d be such a mess in this Hawaiian humidity.
I’m glad it was such a great day for you!
what kind of sunscreen do you use? i’m just finding out that it’s such a pain to put on Roo (and she hates it!), so i need to find a good spray kind!
Looks like vacation time is treating you well, Jen. You look so gorgeous and perfectly sun-kissed. Happy mothers day, and hugs to you guys! Such an amazing family you have!! xo
Happy Mother’s Day!
Happy mother’s day!
I’ve been following you for a while now but this is my first comment 🙂
I also have 2 girls of my own about the same ages as yours – 2.8 year and 2 months old 🙂
and I often read your notes while thinking “Hi! I could have written it exactly my self!”…
Keep up the good words! 🙂
LOVED the last picture! amazing!
Wow, you look super cute! So do the kids! And your hubby looks like Ryan Gossling! Go you!
You searched for a deep mother’s day message and you came up withe simplest and most profound: gratitude! Your honesty and where it leads you/we readers is why I love your blog so much!