first Mother's Day...

I can't believe today is Mother's Day, and this year I am actually a Mom. :)

I sure wish Stephen and I felt better though. I woke up with a sore throat and my poor little guy is acting like he feels pretty awful too. I just hope it isn't more ear infections. I gave him a little bit of Children's Benadryl earlier to help him feel better, and of course he only slept for about 20 minutes. But he's asleep now so I think his body just gave in. He still gave me a huge smile this morning and cuddled with me lots. We'll probably be making another trip to the doctor tomorrow.

My husband is awesome though because he treated me to a whole Mother's Day weekend with lots of sweet surprises. Friday night we went to see the movie Jane Eyre at the local independent/oldies theater. I have been dying to see this movie! Plus, we had never been to the theater and wanted to check it out awhile back. But since things have been so difficult with Stephen, we put it off along with lots of other things. It was so much fun though, and Stephen came with us and was a doll. I gave him a HUGE smooch after the movie and thanked him for his little "gift" of letting Mommy watch a whole movie with no interruption! :)

If you haven't seen the movie Jane Eyre, try to find a theater to watch it at, or rent it as soon as it comes out. If you can though, read the book first. It is a Focus Feature film (the same company that did the recent Pride and Prejudice, which I also loved), though it didn't hit big theaters for some unknown reason (it should have!). Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, is one of my all-time very favorite books. I could read it over and over. So when I heard that they were making a movie, I was thrilled. Even more so when I watched the trailor, which you can see here: http://www.focusfeatures.com/jane_eyre
I usually always go into a movies based off of a book with skepticism, just because I know how awful many of them are. But even from the trailor I could tell it would be good. Really, it was fantastic and actually went above and beyond most productions of books made into movies. I can't wait to see it again when it comes out on DVD!

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday), we went to the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta downtown. It was fun but really hot. I was hoping they would have more to do also; it wasn't what I was expecting. I mean, who puts on a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and has vendors selling Funnel Cakes and Chicken-on-a-stick? Thankfully there was one great vendor who made real tacos with chorizo y queso (mexican sausage and cheese). I ate 2 and they were delicious! The music was great too...several bands that were the real deal. I loved watching all of the people dance on stage too. It made me miss Mexico badly! We left early because little man got fussy. I really thought it was due to him being tired, but obviously today I can tell he was feeling bad then as well. :-/
Then last night Paul took me to an awesome all-you-can-eat lobster buffet at one of the casinos. The only time I've ever been in a casino was to eat. They have GOOD food, haha! This buffet last night though was some of the best food I've ever eaten. For $20 (I made Paul tell me how much it was going to cost before we stepped foot in the door) you could literally eat yourself sick on whole, steamed Maine lobsters. And it cost less than a plate of food with 1 small lobster tail at Red Lobster! Besides the gazillion lobsters, they had all kinds of other amazing things to eat. Tons of other seafood items, plus other yummy food, a huge salad bar, and the best chocolate truffle cake balls I've ever had! MMmmmm, I can still taste the lobster though...definitely the best part.

This morning, even though I woke up feeling awful, and we decided not to go to church, I still felt like royalty. I walked into the dining room to find donuts, a dozen roses, and a beautiful necklace with a mother and baby forming a heart. I guess DH got up early to set all of that up for me. :) I was so stunned and can't believe he did all that for me. I definitely don't feel like I deserve all that he did for me this weekend.

Anyway, the best part of everything was of course knowing that all this celebration is due to the fact that I have a sweet baby boy to take care of today! If it weren't for him, I wouldn't get to be a Mama. And I am so glad I am HIS Mama. Stephen was meant for me, and I was meant to be his Mama. It is sad to say, but I am just now finally realizing that God didn't make a mistake when he gave me my little guy. I used to think that. That God should have given him to a mother who was way more equipped to handle everything we've been through. But just as a I heard when I went to seminary and in the ministry, He doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called. I believe now that He called me to be Stephen's Mama. And that is the best mission field I could ever hope for!!

To all you Moms out there, especially godly Mamas, new Mamas, and Mamas who have babies with difficulties or challenges, I ask God to bless you and give you a giant dose of His love today!


Stacia said...

Ok, I'm hungry after reading about that wonderful lobster you guys had, I LOVE seafood!!
Happy Mothers day and I hope you guys feel better quickly.

Aprille said...

Just added Jane Eyre to my netflix queue to watch! sounds awesome!

Aprille said...

just added Jane Eyre to my netflix queue - it sounds awesome!