This photo is not staged and it is one I cherish. D was almost 3 months old and we had gone up to WA to see my folks at Christmas and to seem my Grandma who was then living in a nursing home. See the smile on her face as she is holding her first great grandchild? We are all looking at a 5x7 scrapbook that I made with D's baby pics for my Mom and Jack. She is also wearing a pink mohair scarf that I knit her. Grandma loved all things pink. And while I love my Mother dearly and beyond expression of any words, Mother's Day for me has been traditionally about my Grandma Hopkins. It doesn't seem the same without her. You could definitely say that we had a matriarchal family. In later years Grandma reigned over us like the Queen Mum, sitting in her chair, observing us all and smiling and just enjoying having her little chicks in one place. I really get homesick around Thanksgiving and Mother's Day because those are the two days we all got together in my Mom's family.
This is my Mom holding D shortly before my first Mother's Day. They were outside checking our roses. I love this picture! And look at what a little chunk monkey he was! LOL Oh my goodness...he's a stick now, tall and thin like Dad. My Mom and I had a fun talk on the phone tonight, catching up. I knew tomorrow would be busy as they are going to Grandma Doris'. She is the one for whom I knit the Peacock Feather's Shawl. We mailed it priority mail on Monday and she hasn't received it unless she got it today and didn't check her mail, so my Mom is going to check tomorrow.
My Mother's Day present was a day by myself...a rare event! I went back up to the Iris fields and they were even more gorgeous. I got a neat shot of a Swallowtail Butterfly that I will post some time next week.
If you are reading this and pray...please pray for my friend Dale's family. She is the one on our Christian Artisan's list who died post bone marrow transplant. Thoses firsts are always hard. I am thinking my friend Laura's children will have it tough this first Mother's Day without her as well. And I know for many Mother's Day is tough...they don't communicate with their Moms, they lost a child, they experience infertility or any number of other reasons that make it hard for them to think about Motherhood. I have known several women who dread going to church on that day because of the pain...so please pray for them as well.
I hope the Lord blesses you with a wonderful Mother's Day and that you get to celebrate with your families!