Mother's day isn't really my favorite holiday, to be honest. It often ends up being the day my kids fight the most and my visions of being showered with gifts and praise come crashing down. So, I decided that instead of thinking of today as a day that I should be praised and appreciated, I would think of it as a day to express my gratitude for the chance to even be a mother.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am pregnant and you probably read Our Fertility Story. I just read it again as I was writing this post because it helps me step back and recognize what a gift it all is.
I don't need my kids to behave perfectly to have a perfect Mother's day. I don't need an amazing present from my husband and breakfast in bed to make the day just right. I just need to remember what I've been given. I know those two little boys were meant to be mine and I can't wait to meet this little girl and get to know her.
I chose the name Elsa a long time ago. I've loved it for many years. It derived from Elizabeth, so the meaning is "consecrated by God." She is our gift from God and I always want her name to remind me of that.
So if your day isn't picture perfect today, I hope you mothers can have a happy moment today just knowing that you've been given such an incredible privilege. Someone calls you mom.