Today is Mother's Day. And Tim's (my oldest brother) birthday. We had plans. Plans to go to church, plans to have a family cookout...but sometimes plans don't go through as expected.
There was no breakfast in bed for me. No cards. No presents. No flowers. My kids are sick. No homemade crafts, no cake. There was no church (didn't want to expose the other kids in the nursery). It is cold and rainy - no outside activities for us. And the family BBQ? Postponed (my brother thought a different day might be better, plus my parents are coming back from my grandmother's house a little late, plus my kids have colds). So today is just another day.
But you know what? I have 3 beautiful (albeit extremely demanding) children and a very helpful husband. My husband let me sleep. I mean really sleep. I got up to feed Blake and to pump, and then went back to bed for another 4 hours. That was present enough for me. And I got to go to the movies last night with Melanie, which was a present as well. I am blessed. And I realize that I have a husband who is willing to watch the kids most anytime that I want to do something alone (grocery shopping, errands, and even escaping into the nursery to blog or whatever). I don't need a lot of fanfare over Mother's Day right now (that will come later, when the kids can really help - at least it better!), because we are both in the trenches, and he steps up in every way. There is no better present than that.
So I will now go thank my wonderful husband for giving me the gift of rest and help him out in this wonderfully ordinary day.