I was so blessed to get to spend Mother's Day with my Mom and Mother in law - two amazing women and awesome Moms. I'm so thankful for a wonderful Mom who truly sacrificed and poured herself out for her children. Isn't it so true what they say about not being able to truly appreciate your parents until you have children? I really feel that if I can be half of what she is to me for Sam, I will be doing well. I'm so thankful for the gift she is to me.
It was baby dedication day at our church on Sunday. Sam got his name from the passage in 1 Samuel 1, when Hannah cried out to the Lord for a child, and He answered. The name Samuel means "heard of God" or "gift from God". Our Sam could not have a more fitting name. He truly is our gift from God. It was really special to be able to dedicate him back to the Lord on Mother's day.
(This was another time that I wasn't good about taking pictures. This pic was taken by my parents, who were trying to not be intrusive and use the flash, so the pics were a little blurry. That and Sam was bouncing around so much, he was bound to be a blur in any picture. Oh, and this was taken just moments before he spit up all over the floor in front of the whole church. The boy loves an audience!)
I know that Mother's Day is a time to honor your Mom, and I love that aspect of it, but it sure took on a whole new meaning for me this year. I'm sure that in years to come I will enjoy getting the little Mother's Day gifts that kids make, like a colored picture or a heart cut out of construction paper (shoot, if he gave me a used kleenex I would love it, as long as it was his), but I think overall, the joy of Mother's Day to me is just the honor of being a Mom. This year it really provided me with a great opportunity to reflect on that privilege, thank God for it, and fall on my face before Him to ask for guidance and wisdom in this most awesome task.