Sunday, May 11, 2014

Little Happies - Mother's Day

The past few years (ie. since 2010) Mother's Day has been kind of tough. Three years ago I was practically in tears all day. Two years ago AF arrived on Mother's Day, on cycle day peak +17. It was especially rough since AF usually arrives on peak +14 like clockwork (I blame HCG injections for the peak +17 arrival). Last year Mike planned a fun date and made the day really special for the two of us. Thank you hubby!

First, I want to thank all mothers, including my mom and MIL, for all they do each and every day. Motherhood is one of the most important and demanding jobs. I know some pretty amazing moms, who sacrifice day after day for their families. I learn so much from your example.

I'm happy to report that Mother's day weekend this year passed smoothly. We went to visit our moms in northeast Wisconsin and spend the weekend with family. Here are some of the weekend's "Little Happies":

Sweet Friends
I am so thankful for friends and family who care. I got texts and messages from several friends who knew today might be a tough day. How did I get so blessed to have such sweet people in my life?!?! Thank you all.

Mass at Holy Resurrection Monastery

Mike makes an annual retreat at a Byzantine Catholic monastery in Wisconsin. Since it was Mother's Day weekend, and I was a little apprehensive about making it through Mass without crying, we decided to go to the monastery for Divine Liturgy (ie. what Byzantine's call Mass). The chapel only has one row of pews and is very small. There were about six monks and eight people. Divine Liturgy is mostly chanted and very soothing. Also the homily was exactly what I needed.

Dunk.in Donuts in Wisconsin
Since moving to Illinois five years ago we were introduced (and became hooked) on Dunk.in Donuts coffee. Two years ago our Wisconsin hometown got it's first Dunk.in Donuts. Now we can get our fix while visiting family! When we stopped for coffee I saw this fun mug and couldn't resist. It combines two things that make me happy: coffee and my home state!

Surprise Presents


My super kind and thoughtful Mom got me a present today! She gave me a book on adoption, and three mushroom plant decorations. I stuck the blue mushroom in a plant we had and it cheers it right up. Thank you Mom!

Mother's Day Lunch and Our Goddaughter

I took my mom and SIL out for a Mother's Day lunch and our goddaughter C came too! My SIL is super crafty and made me the pretty art above as a present from C (C wasn't in a smiling mood, but she is super cute when she does...promise!). So thoughtful. Also, a plug for my SIL's business: she makes hairbows, tutus and baby-wearing wraps - you can visit her website at: Tutu Cute.

I'm so grateful that Mother's Day was a good day this year. For anyone aching to be a mom, and those who've suffered miscarriage, or loss of their mom, praying for you!

Also, I'm slowly recovering from my April "funk." For a bunch of random reasons I've been really feeling down for the last month or so. Hopefully this week my mood will continue to get better.

For more "Little Happies" visit Blessed to Be.

13 comments:

  1. Love these little happies, and that you were able to enjoy your weekend!!!

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  2. Really glad to hear that your weekend was better than it could have been and better than the last. You two are such beautiful people! We are cheering you on in your journey to adopt. Right now it feels like it will take forever but one day we will hopefully look back and see all our adopted kids!

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    1. Amen! Hope this past weekend went smoothly for you.

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  3. I'm glad you had a good day yesterday. You have some pretty great friends to let you know they were thinking of you on Mother's Day. :)

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  4. You live in Illinois too...great state huh? We frequent WI quite a bit since it's so close to us. Love that you had a nice Mother's day and yes...there are some really incredible moms out there.

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    1. We're in the western suburbs, it's a nice place to live, and not to far from family, so we like it here. WI will always have my heart!

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  5. Oh, these happies are so wonderful!! So glad you had a great weekend with family. I'm especially loving the Dun.kin mug (they have a TN one here and I'm always tempted to buy it) and the adoption book your mom got you. You'll have to let us know what you think! And that artwork from your sister! What talent!!

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    1. I haven't heard of this book before, but am always looking for a good adoption read. Wish we could have a dunkin date, it would be so fun!

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  6. I'm so glad you had a good Mother's Day! That is truly a blessing; as it is to have friends thinking of and praying for you. Hope May continues to look up!

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  7. Love all the little treats !! Cute Scarf !!

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  8. I love your Happies! :) I have seen that book in Catholic book stores and have been really tempted to purchase it, you'll have to write a review for the rest of us and tell us what you think! Prayers for you and your hubby!

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope to start it soon.

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