Thursday, May 6, 2010

These I love


I love it when they sometimes crawl into bed with me first thing in the morning, the smell of sleep still in their hair. They curl their warm, lazy bodies next to mine and together we talk and dream of what the day will hold.

I love it when they turn up the music loud and entice me away from the computer or the dishes to dance and sing with them at the top of my lungs. More often than not, it is music from my era, and part of my soul rejoices in knowing I have brainwashed them into loving the 80s.

I love it when they give me hugs. For no reason at all.

I love it when they surround me for a family movie night. Feet and legs tangled beneath blankets, we watch and laugh together. Popcorn or cookies are shared. It's times like this that I can even pretend I don't mind the crumbs.

I love it when I see that their pants are too short or notice wrists and forearms sticking awkwardly out of shirt sleeves because that means they have grown. And it makes me so happy when they do what they're supposed to.

I love it when they dance and laugh in the rain because daddy said yes after I said no.

I love it when they look me in the eye and ask my opinion on something because they think I'm an expert. Even when it's math that totally goes over my head.

I love it that they love me.

I love them with every particle of my being.

And every night when my head hits the pillow, I thank God for trusting me with these three perfect souls.

Happy mother's day, indeed.


Fran said...

They look amazing kids. How on earth do you get your boys to agree to comb their hair for photos? Mine always looked like he'd just had a fight with a mighty wind.

Chrysanthemama said...

Wow, they have grown! I love this post. We have a princess Hannah too. :) Happy Mother's Day!

{the card family} said...

I love his post. You hit the nail on the head.

I love my life :)
Happy Mother's Day to you!

Jen said...

I say this about all your posts - what beautiful words. They are a great kids and what a testament to you :) Happy Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on being such a good mother! God bless you!

shilo said...

Great kids with a great mother!

Long live 80s music rock-out sessions. Hairbrush microphone optional.

Lauren in GA said...

What a lovely post, Stie. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

I got teary when I read about their pants being too short and their forearms sticking wasn't until I had a child that struggled with, "failure to thrive" that I realized how much I love the fact (and have taken for granted) the beauty of my kids growing out of their clothes. I love the way you worded it.

You have brainwashed them into loving 80's music?! Well, you are raising those kids right.

the wrath of khandrea said...

remember when they were toddlers, and you would thank god at the end of the day when THEIR heads hit the pillow?? because the madness was finally stopping for a brief moment??

ahh... good times. good times.

danandcindy said...

Happy Mother's Day. Well said. ...And have a wonderful weekend! We would love to be there with you.

Tristan said...

Andrea summed up my life perfectly! But I love my toddlers dearly.

This was beautiful, of course! Your children are gorgeous and sound amazing!

Have a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend!

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Liz said...

Hey, Stie. I hope you had a great Mother's Day. Your kids are awesome.

Yours Truly said...

Beautiful photos on your blog & beautiful kids you've got :-)